[Pipet Devel] gui protocol revisited

J.W. Bizzaro bizzaro at geoserve.net
Wed Mar 22 17:48:16 EST 2000

I think the GUI-to-core *API* that Brad and I have been developing for Loci is
very nice.  It's a simple dialog of request, approval, and pointing to data. 
But what I am questioning is the *protocol* used, which is a standard TCP/IP

Commands from Loci's XML-based API are streamed across a socket.  Here is a
short example where the GUI (front) requests the addition of a new workspace
(subnet), and the core (middle) performs the addition and approves a change in
the GUI to reflect what the core has done:

    <workspace id='' >
    <workspace id='workspace1' >

So, once again, this API is XML-based and ran through a socket.  My question
is: Should we use CORBA instead?  What are the advantages/disadvantages?  My
MAJOR interest is that we have multiple UIs that can be attached to (and
controlled by) a single core, can run concurrently in the same session, and
can be controlled by one-another (via the front-request, middle-approve API). 
Can we do that with CORBA?


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