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From Roger Binns <rog...@rogerbinns.com>
Subject Re: Two Concerns
Date Thu, 31 Dec 2009 06:50:47 GMT
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Troy Kruthoff wrote:
> HTTP is fatter than an optimized binary protocol, 

That is only briefly true because no matter how optimised the binary
protocol, the next software release comes out with some changes and various
switches for version compatibility, and then next release adds some stuff
that wasn't thought of before, then the next version adds some
authentication, then the next version adds in more backwards compatibility,
then a whole bunch more stuff happens to work around bugs, then more
workarounds around the workarounds. Repeat a few times and you have a
massive hairy mess with claims of "optimisation" but in reality it isn't.

There is an entire WAN optimisation industry based around this phenomenon!

Roger
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