Re: [HTTPfutures] Dan Connolly on HTTP goofs and musings / Two Way Web

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From: Lucas Gonze (
Date: Fri Aug 18 2000 - 12:07:41 PDT

> Proxies were an afterthought; SOAP doesn't consider them. Result:
> SOAP over HTTP su... er, has technical difficulties.

IMHO this is the elephant that HTTP-as-substrate fans don't think about.

(obscure analogy to old nun technique for avoiding lustful desires:
"Whatever you do, don't think about an elephant". My aunt, who is a saucy
old bohemian, loves this quote.)

Wait! I almost missed a chance to expound! Tarnation! This is the reason
why HTTP should be the fallback, not the default, for anything but browser
messages. EG if there is a chain of communications A->B->C->D, and one of
those links has to use HTTP, the rest of the comms should be a more
robust/modern protocol. HTTP should always be available for legacy
compatibility but only used when legacy compatibility is required.

I'm posting way too much lately. Over and out.

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