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What is "Boxcarring" ?
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Posted By:   Luigi_Viggiano
Posted On:   Friday, July 5, 2002 02:13 AM

I've read in some books "SOAP is simple, and for this reason it does not support things like:


  • Distributed Garbage Collection
  • Object by reference
  • Remote Activation
  • Boxcarring
  • etc... etc...


But... what is "Boxcarring" ? I never heard about this word before.

Regards,

~Luigi

Re: What is "Boxcarring" ?

Posted By:   Luigi_Viggiano  
Posted On:   Friday, July 5, 2002 02:17 AM

Ops. Sorry: I submitted with a wrong topic, it was "SOAP".

Anyway I found myself the answer:


It means to send multiple requests at once.

It involves in packing multiple asynchronous function calls in one big request. Then send them all at once.

HTTP is a slow protocol, so it can be much faster to make one big request than multiple little ones. And also, some people would like to use something XML-RPC to script local applications. This would be very slow without boxcarring.

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