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  • > like pointlessly wrapping SMTP in XML-RPC.

    This largely describes "web services" in general.

    Well, I've seen three kinds: (1) toy examples, (2) wrapping of propietary protocols into XML (they will still be closed and proprietary, mind, as long as the vocabularies and protocols are not public), and then these (3) pointless rewrappings of existing protocols/frameworks.

    In (2) and (3) the only measurable effect has been manifold increase in bandwidth, and the need to have an XML parser everywhere. Not to
    • I just don't see much net benefit.

      Is that a pun :)

    • If I've hurt someones feelings who think web services are the greatest thing since sliced bread, I'm sorry. I just don't see much net benefit.

      No, that pretty much nails it. Web Services are a vast conspiracy of deep-pocketed vendors and tagheads to make themselves relevant.

      There are a few benefits to Web Services, like the reinvention of IDL and "baked in platform neutrality", but there were better ways to get those benefits than XML-RPC, SOAP, WSDL, and RWSA(*) provide. For example, wrapping a pr

  • Would Etag and Last Modified not prove useful? If a requesting client specified one or the other then you get the entries since the last time. If there are only a few then provide the full content, otherwise provide the headlines.

    Obviously if the client end doesn't provide that information then continue with the current setup.

    Regardless of all of this, congratulations. It's a wonderful resource in it's current state.
    Steve Rushe -
    • Would Etag and Last Modified not prove useful?
      A better-defined replacement for RSS would be more useful. A specification that approximates the less useful half of NNTP doesn't improve when ad-hoc extensions are added to provide one or two more NNTP features on a per-feed basis.