[Mono-list] SOAP - first choice?

Frank Rehberger frehberg@cs.tu-berlin.de
Sun, 07 Oct 2001 19:52:05 +0200


I know, everybody dislikes those questions.
I have some experience with agent conversation acts (ACL). Beside the
fact that it uses Lisp syntax instead of XML, its messages are
structered similar to those in SOAP.
One problem was, that parsing those messages takes much more time than
demarshalling GIOP messages. If two peers do interaction with high
frequency this sums up  a lot.  Beside XML parsing, primitives are
encoded as strings and will need additional parsing on higher level. 

Q: Do you really believe that SOAP is an RMI middleware of first choice?
In my opinion, choosing SOAP for transport Microsoft did shoot into its
own knee.

Cheers, Frank

Perhaps one knows a nice interpretation of the acronym SOAP. I just know 
SGML - Seems Good, Maybe Later.

 Frank Rehberger <frehberg@cs.tu-berlin.de>
 "Global order can arise from local interactions."
 [A.Turing, 1952]
 "when all nodes have reached that [stable] state, the whole 
 graph is as dead as a doornail and the diffusing computation 
 is defined to have terminated" [E.W.Dijkstra, 1980]