Utterances of a Zimboe

Programming the Internet.

HTTP has been a successful hammer

leave a comment »

Jean-Louis brought up the issue of the limits of HTTP, which has been also on my mind since I realized the X in XMPP. I very much agree that HTTP is highly overused; it’s the ‘hammer and nails’ syndrome once again. Of course, it’s easy to waste a lot of time by constantly jumping between all the different technology-bandwagons, but evolution needs to happen eventually. My hopes were high on that Flex/OpenLaszlo would have surpassed AJAX, as HTML is not a user interface language! MXML (of Flex) is, and there’s a world of difference in that. Similarly, HTTP is not a two-way/push protocol, what some folks are trying very hard to work around. XMPP is two-way and, thus, complicated callback protocols wouldn’t be needed if XMPP was used as the SOAP transport [think about it].

It could be interesting to see some statistics, but I guess RSS polling isn’t really taking up significant server time nor bandwidth yet, with caches and all. However, I believe this can change quickly if the polling interval is reduced from (sub-)hours into minutes – and with the upcoming RSS popularization by IE7. HTTP really is not viable for such scenarios – very inefficient use of resources, indeed.

The ‘long tail of technology’ is definitely a smart metaphor. I like it.

Technorati: XMPP, Web Services, Internet


Written by Janne Savukoski

October 26, 2006 at 7:16 pm

Posted in Internet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: