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Compare Soap with XML-RPC

Ruilin Yang
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What are the differences between Soap and XML-RPC ?
I am not clear the differences. Please give me some help:
1) way of implementation
2) usage for problems
3) Performance
4) etc
Thanks
Ruilin
William Brogden
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XML-RPC is considerably simpler because (among other things) it does not use namespaces and encodes only a limited range of variable types.
However it is not as universal as SOAP. Implementation is similar since you need an XML parser, etc.
The inventor of XML-RPC - Dave Winer - was involved in the first SOAP specification.
For a cool essay by Dave see:
http://davenet.userland.com/2001/03/02/meAndMicrosoft
Bill
Ruilin Yang
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William,
Thanks for the reply. To me simpler is better. Maybe the capability is limited for XML-RPC.
Ruilin
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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