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

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From: Mark Baker (
Date: Wed Aug 30 2000 - 21:59:02 PDT

At 05:49 PM 8/19/00 -0700, Roy T. Fielding wrote:
>Architects use protocols to enable a defined set of communication. The
>degree to which that communication is visible to intermediaries determines
>whether or not it can be safely passed through a firewall. Now what is
>it about HTTP that makes it different from RPC, and thus safe for transfer
>through firewalls?

I can't believe nobody took Roy up on his <ahem> offer to answer this. I
would personally pay good money for a boiled-down answer of sentence length.

My best explanation so far is drawn out over ~20 messages in the
SOAP-DISCUSS archives, but I never touched on safety. 8-(


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