The Protocol [was: Syntax] is API Fallacy

David Brownell david-b at
Thu May 6 18:18:37 BST 1999

"Ingargiola, Tito" wrote:
> [JonathonBorden states:]
> >     This isn't the problem with RPC systems at all (including CORBA, Java
> > RMI, DCOM, DCE-RPC etc), and certainly the current defacto web 'protocol'
> > namely a form and www-form-encoding or a CGI query string is hardly a
> > robust
> > way for programs to communicate. Rather, the ubiquity of firewalls allows
> > HTTP and SMTP traffic to flow where no RPC can go.

[ Though note that this comment didn't actually respond to any of my
points that it was positioned as responding to ... ]

> This seems a hard argument to make given that popular corba implementations
> which support firewalls via tunneling techniques have been around for a
> number of years, yet have not had much impact on corba's (lack of)
> popularity.  The reason that http & friends have had the impact corba had
> hoped for has to do primarily with the fact that they're simple
> ("web-weasels" don't typically write CORBA servers); other reasons include
> ubiquity, performance and tools (emacs, vi, or notepad all work pretty well
> along with one of the many free, stable httpds available to anyone).


- Dave

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