On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 1:48 AM, Vic Devin <vfn...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for your quick answers.
> Maybe my point was not so clearly conveyed. What I mean is not to say
> which technology is better, CORBA, ASN.1, or Protobuf.
> What I mean is that they all try to solve, leaving aside all tech details,
> the same basic problem, i.e. remote communication between software entities.
> We should be referring to this concept in a more standard way, naming it
> in a standard way.
What's the standard that defines remote communication? Who defines the
standard and why should we follow?
> To make the comparison with the wheel again, we dont call it anything else
> then "wheel" because the concept is a given and widely and universally
> Can you imagine the 1st cave men who first invented it, one would make it
> wooden and call it "Spinner", another make it marble and call it "Stonner"
> and another "Crasher".
> The poor cave men still didnt make the process of abstracting the concept
> to simply "wheel", away from any particular "implementation details".
> As I see it the progress happens also because of finding these universal
> abstractions, and Protobuf dont need to say that reinvented the way of
> making 2 remote module able to communicate with each other, its simply a
> different (better) implementation of the same (abstract) concept.
> On Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:24:30 AM UTC+2, Oliver wrote:
>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 8:04 AM, Vic Devin <vfn...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> This thread seems to be a bit old but anyway this topic became suddenly
>>> important for me since I start to hear the "Protobuf" new magic word.
>>> Now I was a bit surprised to discover that it is actually the same idea
>>> as CORBA!
>> No it's not - protobuf can be used to build a RPC mechanism, but there
>> are many other things that you can use protobuf for that you can't use
>> CORBA for.
>> For example, I've used it to write persistent EDRs to a file in a
>> structured format, and to stream network messages where there's no simple
>> request/response pairing.
>> The analogy with ASN.1 is a better one (and see my previous comments on
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