Distributed application design

Distributed application design

Post by d_lw » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 18:15:02

Can someone advise me is there a consensus amongst practitioners
whether XML is a good mechanism to marshall data between data objects
and business components in a distributed application?

I am developing applications using VB6 and typically UI is done via a
rich client due to interaction with office and other other software.

There are no plans for my application to be moved to .NET, although it
is possible (may not be likely) my mid-tier business information may
be offered as a service to other applications in a future date.

Since I know nothing about implementation using XML I do not want to
learn and apply this technology as a information exchange mechanism,
without knowing benefits and pitfalls upfront.

I am posting in this group hoping I would hear a balanced view about
the use of XML in distributed applications that do not interact with

BTW, is the use of XML almost a foregone conclusion if I were to
develop a web frontended application? Web browsers know XML and I
thought therefore performance bottlenecks would be much lessened.

Thanks in advance in sharing your insights and experience.

4 Dec 2003

Distributed application design

Post by johnsheari » Sat, 13 Dec 2003 02:13:01

i David

I have a much different approach to offer you. Please read on.

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build business applications for MS SQL Server in just a fraction of
the time it used to take. All you need to do is create the tables and
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