Alternatives to browsers (was Re: Alternatives to the W3C)
tbray at textuality.com
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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