Subject: Re: corba or sockets?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 01 Nov 2000 17:25:36 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
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* Philip Lijnzaad <>
| XML or text/plain is just slower to parse than a binary datastream
| of which you know the layout.

  This claim is not at all supported by the evidence.   Parsing a
  binary data stream that claims to be general and not just a dump of
  bytes from memory, is just as expensive to parse as text/plain and
  can quickly become _slower_ if you do it wrong and need a lot of
  overhead to overcome the inherent problems of binary representation.
  The arguments for binary datastreams are space and bandwidth, _not_
  time to process.

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