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From: m:koopmans2:chello:nl at: 13-Jun-2001 6:23

> > Say you have a service that you want to be available on a > > network to other > > Rebol processes. > > And it needs to perform rather well, and you don't want > > to write all the > > communication software. > > You'd use rugby or something like that. > > Okay, understood now. So, it's similar to xml-rpc without > the xml between Rebol client/server. >
Yes. But... making services is easier than any middleware I know.
> So, I see that Rebol needs SOAP to access 3rd party SOAP > services, and Rugby needs to provide a SOAP interface to > allow non-Rebol clients to access Rugby services. >
Yes again. Note that a SOAP interace for Rugby is probably the easiest part: you dictate the SOAP interface and hence the types etc you support. Since Rebol has built-in support for lots of types, I probably will map them to string and convert them using Rebols reflexive properties. I may just do that for every type so I can get the automaed SOAP exposure out quickly. On the other hand: does REBOL needs to access SOAP objects in a generic way? There are lots of other ways: - DLL/SHell interface - Other TCP protocols - Custom SOAP requests. You showed us how easy it was! I think I'll focus on the exposure part for now. I need to find the time for it, but it is a very useful addition to what I've already got, and I have a good idea on how to build it.
> Is there a directory of Rugby services currently available? > Do we need a wdsl type of descriptor to access these > services? Or, perhaps, should all Rugby services provide a > 'help command? >
Here you need server space. Using Rebols reflexive properties we can do this easily. A directory/name server will really help distributed development. I'll see if I can come up with anything. And a help-services command is always good. Perhaps I should include these features in the next version. Thanks, Maarten