[Python-Dev] Leading with XML-RPC

Guido van Rossum guido@digicool.com
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 14:10:59 -0400

> Therefore the concrete proposal: we should make XML-RPC support in the
> Python standard library a goal for 2.2.  I'd like to see votes and/or
> a BDFL pronouncement on this goal.
> I've copied Fredrik Lundh and Eric Kidd, the implementors of two
> XML-RPC implementations that might serve.  Dave (who designed XML-RPC)
> likes them both.  I hope they'll report on which, if either, they
> consider production-ready for integration with Python.

Fredrik Lundh's xmlrpclib.py looks ready for the Python standard
library, if Fredrik agrees.  The license is right.  I'm not sure but I
believe that Eric Kidd's version is C or C++ code that *could* be
linked into Python?  This seems less attractive because there will
always have to be a separate distribution (for non-Python targets).

But maybe the motivation is wrong.  We should decide to include (or
not to include) xml-rpc based on a user need, not based on political
motives.  There may be a user need; Fredrik, do you know how popular
your xmlrpc module is?

Technical issues: should the server stubs also be included?  It might
benefit from also including the sgmlop.c extension.

--Guido van Rossum (home page: http://www.python.org/~guido/)