The Protocol [was: Syntax] is API Fallacy

Walter Underwood wunder at
Wed May 5 23:12:32 BST 1999

At 02:58 PM 5/5/99 -0400, Jonathan Borden wrote:
>    This is my suggestion (feel free to propose another): Distributed
>systems can communicate via HTTP and SMTP using XML documents as the
>contents of their MIME messages and function in the same fashion as
>distributed systems which employ IIOP or DCE-RPC.

Some important parts of the GO Network portal backend use this
approach. It has pluses and minuses, but it is clearly good
enough for 24/7 online systems.

If anyone wants to dig into models for concurrency, I recommend
this paper:

   Hugh C. Lauer, Roger M. Needham: On the Duality of Operating 
   System Structures. Operating Systems Review 13(2): 3-19 (1979)

It arose out of hallway arguments over message-passing versus
monitor programming styles. They prove the two equivalent, then
go on to describe the flavor of each style. Very useful perspective.

Walter R. Underwood
wunder at
wunder at (home) (my product)

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