[Techtalk] The Internet is my functional programming language

Sarah Newman newmans at sonic.net
Wed Nov 26 10:23:27 UTC 2008

My gut says to look at academia first.  If nobody has tried to do it, 
have you considered starting a company? ;)

This could be an excellent, if rather ambitious, open source / community 
project, somewhat comparable to Wikipedia or OpenStreetMap.

But on the back end you'd still be scraping 100 different protocols, at 
least until it becomes a standard "standard".

Kelly Jones wrote:
> Sarah, I think that's what I'm looking for.
> Instead of having to hack/scrape a 100 different protocols, it'd be
> nice if someone invented a "function server" that behaved something
> like this:
> % telnet functionserver.cornell.edu 81
> OBJECT functionserver.cornell.edu/Math
> METHOD sin
> ACTION call
> Content-Length: 30
> <wddx><real>1.42</real><wddx>
> and get back something like: "<wddx><real>0.98865176285172</real><wddx>"

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