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Re: Traditional RPC


Re:  Traditional RPC
At 4:23 PM -0800 2/17/02, Paul Prescod wrote:

>What do you mean by synchronous? Is SMTP asynchronous? If so, so is
>HTTP:
>
>  * http://www.prescod.net/asynchhttp.html
>
>I would agree that there are protocols which are deeply asynchronous,
>unlike SMTP and HTTP. But most people, when they say asynchronous mean
>SMTP and HTTP is just as asynch as SMTP.
>

This may be a terminology confusion. Many people carelessly use 
"SMTP" to refer to the whole e-mail transaction, possibly up to and 
including a response like this one typed by a human being and sent 
back as a reply. That's clearly asynchronous. However, technically if 
you're properly using the word "SMTP" to mean a single connection 
between a mail client like Eudora and an SMTP server then that is 
synchronous.
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