More Nonce About CORBA
Thomas B. Passin <tpassin@i...>: > XML (and, say, XML-RPC) is much lighter-weight than CORBA and easier to get > going. There are (I imagine) many, many applications that don't need all > the CORBA machinery. Java RMI supposes Java, but how about something for > non-Java people? What? I don't mean to sound nasty, but every few months in this forum there is a thread on CORBA vs XML/HTTP and there are inevitable quotes that CORBA is "hard to get into" or "heavyweight" or whatever, and it makes me wonder whether those speaking have looked at CORBA. CORBA is much like XML, folks. It can be as easy to "get into" as <tag>you're it</tag> or as abstruse as W3C schemata or XPath. It can be as lightweight as SAX or as heavyweight as fully-implemented DOM. And practically, having trained people in distributed programming, I hardly agree that XML+HTTP is easier for beginners than CORBA. CORBA can be used with almost complete transparency from most languages, wheras XML/HTTP requires a frightening knowledge of formats and libraries. Maybe XML-RPC is easy from UserLand's tools, but I prefer Python, and I know that CORBA for Python is much easier than XML-RPC. My second preference is C++ and I can say the same in that case. Luckily, I'm not crazy for Java, since its CORBA binding is an almighty nightmare. Come to think of it, maybe that's why there are so many misocorbists about: there are a lot of Java-heads hereabouts and they prolly caught sight of the Java binding... So to those who think that CORBA is hard, I invite them to actually try the simple echo server used as example in so many packages (about ten lines of Python code on either the client or server side). To those who think it's heavyweight, I encourage them to test the performance of TAO or ORBit. -- Uche Ogbuji FourThought LLC, IT Consultants uche.ogbuji@f... (970)481-0805 Software engineering, project management, Intranets and Extranets http://FourThought.com http://OpenTechnology.org xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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