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Tim Bray : "Because once you've got an XML-based application interface that runs over HTTP,

and you've documented the XML vocabulary, you've invented an API. Yes, you could dress it up with additional layers like XML-RPC or SOAP, and that might be a good idea, but there's really not that much need; an HTTP-XML interface is one of the easiest things in the world to do application integration with. ... Most important, you need to create some well-written human-readable documentation explaining what the tags and attributes mean and what goes inside them. Once you've done this, you've provided an interface that any reasonably-competent programmer in the world can deal with." see also : XML structures for existing databases. Tangentially related, Oreilly has covers for XML-RPC and SOAP books (are those Tootsie Rolls?) but I can't find anything about them on the ORA website.

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Paul Hodges : Locally correcting to the secure port with mod_perl ←  → Chuck Esterbrook : Using Mix-ins with Python