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Yan Zhou
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Hi,

I read somewhere that SOAP over HTTP is inherently unreliable.

I thought that because HTTP is over TCP/IP, it should be reliable. Am I missing something?

Thanks.
Yan
 
William Brogden
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I would call it reliable in the sense of being able to verify that the complete message got transferred without an exception being thrown.
Compare with sending SOAP by email - which I would call unreliable.
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Tim West
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I guess you could call it unreliable in that it's as unreliable as the Internet is - if you're using it over the public Internet. So for most uses it's reliable enough, but if you're talking about high-QOS applications perhaps it isn't.

If you're on an internal intranet, all networking tends to be more reliable... the reliability of any network is constrained by the reliability of its transport layer.


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Pj Murray
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Reliability depends on the user perspective/business requirements.

What's sufficiently good for one application may be high risk for another.

What you need to do establish your service level requirements.

Take a look at the link below to get an idea of the areas you should think about.

http://www.westglobal.com/products_agents.html
 
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