Another idea for an application for the Neo: Instant sync to web page duplicating info on phone

michael at michael at
Thu Nov 30 01:54:09 CET 2006

On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, Tim Newsom wrote:

> Yeah.  But more specifically I am defining the type of api as web services or 
> web methods (they are the same thing usually).
> Basically, the web method is a standard used to define the remote method 
> calls, their required parameters and types of acceptable data from within a 
> program.  Any program which can use web methods could use the same backend 
> services.  Its language neutral.  Its also transport neutral.  You can define 
> encrypted channels to be used as the communication mechanism and regardless 
> of which channel is used, the api does not get altered.
> Web services isolate the data transport mechanism from the application.  I 
> could draw up the architecture but its pretty simple.
> App --> calles web method from remote server and passes in data. The data 
> gets stored..
> The reverse is also true if you want a fetch process to occur.
> Web services also define types of activity as synchronus and asynchronus...
> Synchronus would be like a normal web request where you specify the url, 
> sometimes with parameters and get a page back immediately.
> Asynchronus is more like subscribe/notify.
> You tell the service you want something and when its available or changed, 
> based on the implementation, the response is sent back to you.
> Its all bi-directional since any request can send some kind of data and 
> properly implemented, there is no reason you could not share data between 
> multiple neo's using the same interface.
> I hope that's a little clearer... Maybe other with web services background 
> can help me explain the concept and maybe correct me if I stated anything in 
> error.
> --Tim

Much clearer. Thanks for the explanation.


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