And the XMLRPC implementation for python just made me fall in love with it. (Ok, XMLRPC is language independent, but I just loved the python implementation)
A bit of context; we were discussing the paper "Implementing Remote Procedure calls" (Link), in our CS736 / Advanced Operating Systems class. I was skeptical of the whole idea since I was wondering why in the world would anyone use this, when the socket api is so neat and clean.
I was wrong !
My CS740 / Advanced Networks project mate, Ian Rae, pointed me to XMLRPC within the context of our networks project. And I realized how simple and elegant programming RPC can be.
The gist of the code is as follows:
Client:from SimpleXMLRPCServer import SimpleXMLRPCServer
print "I was poked %d times" % n
return ("dumb_server", "8000")
server = SimpleXMLRPCServer(("localhost", 8000))
Reference: http://docs.python.org/library/xmlrpclib.htmlimport xmlrpclib
proxy = xmlrpclib.ServerProxy("http://localhost:8000/")
reply = proxy.poke_the_server(3)
print "The server %s is listening on port %d" % (reply, reply)