XML Transport Mechanism

Carl Schei carl at catapultt.com
Tue Jun 8 16:34:17 BST 1999

> Hi There,
> I have been pondering the following question. It is an easy one (perhaps
> irrelevant), but has been bothering me -
> XML is considered to be an excellent way of allowing two
> applications/platforms to be able to share data in a common format. My
> question is, what are going to be the accepted ways of interfacing to this
> common format, i.e., If I were to develop an application that could
> receive/deliver requests in XML Format, how exactly would it
> the XML Data?
> I can think of,
> 1/
> Flat Files. An Application generates an XML File which is sent to the
> another application to read and parse.
> 2/
> Over HTTP. An application will generate an XML stream that will be passed
> via HTTP to a listening application. How exactly would this work -
> specifically in Java? Is there a standard way of opening up an HTTP
> connection and piping down the XML? Unfortunately I am not familiar with
> java.net.* classes.
> 3/
> Through some specified API call. One application would call a pre-defined
> method on another application using COM, DCOM, RMI etc
> --
> Carl Schei
> Catapult Technology, Inc.
> (630) 515-3670 phone
> carl at catapultt.com
> http://www.catapultt.com/

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