[Python-Dev] Leading with XML-RPC

Eric S. Raymond esr@thyrsus.com
Tue, 10 Jul 2001 14:56:32 -0400

Guido van Rossum <guido@digicool.com>:
> Fredrik Lundh's xmlrpclib.py looks ready for the Python standard
> library, if Fredrik agrees.  The license is right.

Eric Kidd agrees, but Fredrik has not checked in yet.

> 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?

There are good political reasons and bad political reasons.  

I think helping promote an open and well-designed RPC standard is a
good political reason. And XML-RPC is very good work; I wouldn't be
pushing it if I hadn't evaluated it myself and liked it a lot.  

One other thing that make Python support particularly appropriate is
that Zope objects are XML-RPC accessible (or so I'm told; I have not
tried this myself yet).

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

I would say yes to both.  The code is there and it's tested.  I'm willing
to merge in the documentation.
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