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From Jason van Zyl <jvan...@maven.org>
Subject Re: Proposals
Date Sat, 08 Nov 2003 01:05:03 GMT
On Fri, 2003-11-07 at 18:28, Nick Chalko wrote:
> Stephen McConnell wrote:
> >
> > Sure - and I think HTTP protocol support is fundamental.  With the 
> > Avalon stuff we are using HTTP today but we making sure that the 
> > repository SPI enables selection of alternative repository protocols 
> > so that we put a lot more intelligence into the backend/client 
> > relationship. For example - things we want to be able to do is post a 
> > query and get back a serialized deployment descriptor. For these sort 
> > of applications one should look beyond HTTP.
> >

Again this is entirely out of scope and far too complicated for a simple

> I strongly disagree,  HTTP is perhaps the only protocol you can count on 
> being widely available behind firewalls etc. 
> Now  REST or SOAP or whatever is a seperate matter.  But HTTP thw best 
> way to build a lously coupled system like this.

Well, I wouldn't call it a lousy system :-) But I agree that HTTP is
really the only protocol that needs to be dealt with. Again, if someone
wants to create an augmented system by replicated a file system store
accessible via HTTP to an object store there is nothing stopping you.

Sophisticated systems can be predicated on simplicity.


Jason van Zyl

In short, man creates for himself a new religion of a rational
and technical order to justify his work and to be justified in it.
  -- Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

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