GUIs - ruby on rails, rico

David Hopwood <>
Wed Sep 21 22:12:37 CEST 2005


Shawn Pearce wrote:
> "Joe Armstrong (AL/EAB)" <> wrote:
> 
>>    BTW - why is it called XMLHTTP? - as far as I can see there is absolutly no
>>requirement for the server responding to requests with XML - the server can reply with
>>any old string that it feels like, and a javascript receptor can do anything
>>it feels like with the result.
> 
> Because XML is coooooool.  Or something like that.  Management will
> purchase anything with a hot buzzword in it, if they had just
> called it HTTPRequest it wouldn't have gotten management buy-in,
> as everything was about XML at the time.

Why would it need to get management buy-in? This is low-level stuff that should
be left to the techies in any sanely run company...

(...oh, right, I see what assumption I'm making ;-)

> SOAP was especially cool around 1999.  But SOAPHTTPRequest might have been
> considered to be too specific, so XMLHTTPRequest it is...
> 
> Why is Erlang called Erlang?  :-)

<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agner_Krarup_Erlang>

> Why is Internet Explorer not called Automatic Virus Downloader?

Dunno.

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David Hopwood <>




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