Subject: Re: CORBA (Re: Is lisp dying, What about AutoLisp?)
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 1999/09/09
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Espen Vestre <espen@*do-not-spam-me*>
| - As soon as you have implemented a little SEXP parser/printer
|   in other languages, it isn't really very difficult to implement
|   your own SEXP-based tcp protocols, and provide API libraries in a
|   variety of languages.

  I did this with my client and published the code with the spec to the
  customers.  they all used it or recoded the design into their own
  language, which uses vectors of strings where the first character is a
  type code.  and fortunately, this means we don't have to deal with
  clients written in perl, anymore.

| Since the question of standardizing on corba is an ever returning one
| also where I work, I'd be glad to here your opinions or stories  from
| real life on this matter!

  I have looked at CORBA and found it to be extremely hard to use for the
  needs my client has: a distribution hub for a number of services and a
  lot of clients, consisting of a master which talks to any number of
  satellite slaves.  since we use dedicated links, we also ran into the
  data transfer overhead with CORBA.  my current overhead is at 3%, and
  CORBA seems to add 10% overhead, but this is a pretty weak estimate.

  it's election time in Norway.  explains everything, doesn't it?