RE: Alternatives to browsers (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)
From: Miles Sabin [mailto:msabin@c...] Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2000 10:57 AM > > I'm having trouble seeing why XML over HTTP is preferable to > eg. CORBA or Java RMI (maybe tunneled through HTTP if there's > a need to traverse firewalls) for application specific comms. > How is application specific markup better than an application > specific binary wire protocol? The two thoughts off the top of my head: 1) It's easier to debug. If things are going wrong, it's pretty cool to be able to just pull the data up in Notepad, and see if there's anything screwy going on. Admittedly not a powerful reason at all. :-) 2) The ability to swap in and out different clients, and leave the server alone. If I want to use a Visual Basic client on my company's Windows boxen, and C++ clients on my Mac boxen, and maybe Java on my UNIX boxen, they can all still just communicate with the server via my XML document type. I don't have to make everyone use Java, or lock myself into a specific CORBA vendor, or use DCOM and make ALL my clients Windows boxen, etc. 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 Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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