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Re: [xml-dev] Interesting XML-DIST-APP thread

From: Francis Norton <francis@-------.--->
To: "Roger L. Costello" <costello@-----.--->
Date: 1/10/2002 2:11:00 PM
Roger L. Costello wrote:
 > Not sure that I follow you Tim.  Are you saying that Web services
 > will push more of the processing onto the client, and off the
 > server?  Why do you think that?  /Roger
Just speaking for myself, surely that's axiomatic? If you need a 
sequence of processes to complete a transaction, then a Browser Query 
(to invent a term for existing model) requires all the programmatic 
processes to take place on the server (ignoring processing by the user, 
or by risky HTML-parsing applications), but a Web Service gets a 
compact, text-only response which can be further processed client-side.

Web Services won't suport an advertising model, they'll apply to user 
transactions like:

do you have this book, and how much are you charging for it?
when is the next train home from Hampton Wick?
How low is our share price today?

All these can get a better user interface from the client side - indeed, 
they'll probably spawn the next generation of desktop applications, and 
will be way more efficient as web services than as browser queries.



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