Re: XML.COM: How I Learned to Love daBomb
> This isn't quite true, ONC-RPC has come with Unix machines for years > now... People usually didn't realise they had a nice reliable fast > portable RPC toolkit that came with their system, but that's because the > software industry is still very very *bad*. So few architects (for it is > architects who should choose stuff like protocols for interconnection) > actually bothered to find out what's out there. This is not the fault of > technology - it's a cultural problem in the software industry. Some very reasonable architects observed the RPC wars (now being re-instantiated in XML :) and, for very good reasons, fled from them. I don't know that it was "cultural" so much as "political" or in some cases "religious". CORBA was an attempt to fix the limitations of the ONC and DCE flavors of RPC by bringing in the notion of reusable components, which is what most systems architects wanted all along. (Except for those few designing tightly coupled OS services, like filesystems and signon protocols. HTTP isn't quite a filesystem, Passport isn't quite an open and secure signon protocol ...) To me, one of the more perplexing things about this "web services" buzz is that it seems so retrograde. Network services have indeed been possible (on at least UNIX :) for decades now, and it isn't clear to me that SOAP is much of a change except maybe with respect to marketing (and technical details that are, in the big picture, minor). - Dave
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