Alternatives to browsers (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)

Tim Bray tbray at
Tue Jan 18 16:58:16 GMT 2000

At 03:56 PM 1/18/00 -0000, Miles Sabin wrote:
>I'm having trouble seeing why XML over HTTP is preferable to
>eg. CORBA or Java RMI 

Nobody would call it preferable in the general case.  The story I keep
hearing is that in comparison with XML, HTTP, string, and glue, frameworks 
like CORBA and RMI offer you, say N times as much (security, transaction 
semantics, etc), but cost M times as much time & money to deploy.  In some 
application contexts the relative values of M and N would predispose you 
toward CORBA, in others towards using XML.

If there's an underlying lesson, it's that the Web is all about doing
a lot with a little; the HTML/HTTP/URI trio have to count as one of the
great 80/20 point bullseyes in the history of technology.  With XML
messaging and HTTP piping, you can sometimes do a whole lot remarkably

Doesn't mean CORBA's obsolete.  DCOM, maybe. -T.

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