I'd give up Perl tomorrow if only...

Derek Thomson derek at wedgetail.com
Tue Jun 25 04:30:15 CEST 2002


Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> On Fri, 21 Jun 2002 09:50:54 GMT, Derek Thomson <derek at wedgetail.com> wrote:
> 
>>Among other things, it's one of the reasons I'm tinkering with a Perl ORB.
> 
> 
>     There's also XMLRPC, and SOAP, something already supported by both
> languages. 

These are no good for reasons I've described elsewhere on this thread. 
To summarize, the major problem is this - "How do you represent object 
references?". It's the difference between a marshalling scheme (which is 
what XMLRPC, SOAP, and CORBA-IIOP are) and a scalable architecture for 
distributed systems, which is what CORBA is (distributed as opposed to 
merely "client-server").

The simple answer for those who have large bandwidth, and like to waste 
it, and therefore want to use SOAP and/or XMLRPC as an on-the-wire 
protocol, is to add a CORBA-like infrastructure on top of, say XMLRPC, 
which I have in fact done with Fnorb in the xmlrpc branch on SourceForge.

Regards,
Derek.




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