Re: The Browser Wars are Dead! Long Live the Browser Wa rs!
> > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Paul Prescod" <paul@p...> > > In the standard modern architecture, you would use something like VFP to > > talk to the relational database on the server side and generate an XML > > view of the data. (XML+HTTP or XML+SOAP, depending on your tastes) Then > > the client neither knows nor cares that the data is stored relationally. > > And you can hook up dozens of different kinds of clients. A simple HTML > > form one for the lynx users, a DHTML one for the IE 6 users, a VB one > > for those willing to install a server app, a Java one for the Linux > > clients, etc. It isn't browser OR VFP. It's using each at what it excels at. > > This works only when the information exchanged and the behaviour > of the client is rather simple. As a corporate developer I have > not come across a client yet that I could have implemented > with a browser, not from a GUI capability point of view, > nor from a user interaction standpoint. > > And often - this is a heretic opinion here - I would prefer > DCOM or CORBA over XML for client/middle tier interaction, > simply because XML/SOAP imposes a rather simple communication > model, unless one is willing to re-invent CORBA based on XML. I think you'll find this is only heresy among the punditeratti. I've been working tentatively with SOAP for a long time, and yet for real world tasks I am more likely to 1) Use CORBA (If XML messages are required, simple XML text exchange over CORBA rules, and it's blazingly fast) 2) Use XML-RPC (mostly for quick hacks) 3) Roll my own (which I always *hate* doing, but sometimes you just can't get around highly specialized needs) I haven't yet come across a class of situations for which I would generally tend to prefer SOAP. I expect this will change as the infrastructure technologies and the WS stack mature. -- Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc. http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p y.html The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind ex.php/article/articleview/663/1/24/ The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in dex.php/article/articleview/679/1/24/ Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807 Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork s/xml/library/x-tipgenr.html
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