This text introduces the simple but powerful capabilities of XML-RPC, a system for remote procedure calls built on XML and the HTTP protocol. XML-RPC lets developers connect programs running on different computers with a minimum of fuss, by wrapping procedure calls in XML and establishing simple pathways for calling functions. With XML-RPC, Java programs can talk to Perl scripts, which can talk to Python programs, ASP applications, and so on. Developers can provide access to functionality without having to worry about the system on the other end, so it's easy to create Web services. This book supplies the details of both the XML-RPC specification and various XML-RPC implementations, so you can get started developing distributed applications in Java, Perl, Python, ASP, or PHP.
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Author Biography - Simon St.Laurent
Simon St. Laurent is a web developer, network administrator, computer book author, and XML troublemaker living in Ithaca, NY. His books include XML: A Primer, XML Elements of Style, Building XML Applications, Cookies, and Sharing Bandwidth. He is a contributing editor to XMLhack.com and an occasional contributor to XML.com. Joe Johnston is a software engineer at O'Reilly & Associates. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a B.A. in computer science, he is a teacher, web designer, and author of articles for Perl Journal, Perl.com, and IBM's DeveloperWorks. Joe helps maintain the ASP XML-RPC library and wrote the Perl module Frontier::Responder.pm. Edd Dumbill is managing editor of XML.com, part of the O'Reilly Network, and founding editor of XMLhack.com, a daily news site for XML developers. He maintains the XML-RPC support classes for the PHP scripting language. Edd lives in York, England.