This came out 2 weeks ago, I had missed it.
I don’t understand the motivation for Hessian. From what I understand, Hessian combines an encoding or serialization format along with an RPC protocol. Hessian is implemented in Caucho’s Servlet/EJB server (Resin), and this port ostensibly provides .NET apps the ability to connect into server-side logic running in Resin via that Hessian protocol.
Some questions that pop into my head…
- Do we need one more RPC protocol? What was wrong with ONC RPC? DCE RPC? RMI? IIOP? The world seems to have moved to SOAP. Was it an accident?
- Do we need a binary serialization standard that competes with .NET’s binary serialization, Java’s built-in binary serialization, ASN.1, and binary XML? Do we even need binary XML? Seems to me XML won for a reason.
- Is it really true that in the C# port of Hessian only includes client-side support? And what use is that?
- Won’t the GPL sticker on the side of the Hessian C# box be a problem for some people?
Help me out here; I don’t see the need…