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There is only text

2013-05-28 15:45:29.99181+00 by meuon 4 comments

I'm having one of those days working with a ".Net guru" where he says things like ".Net serializes and deserializes the objects for me.." and my head flashed back to the moment in The Matrix where "Spoon Boy" tells Neo there is no spoon, only my brain keeps going: There is no object. There is only text.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-05-28 18:10:59.624031+00 by: Dan Lyke

No matter which environment I've been working on, I've never yet had a gig where I could say "X just does that for me". There's always been some gawdawful tweak that has meant that I've had to chase things down a protocol stack or whatever to the point where I have to understand.

I think I would love a gig where I could say ".Net serializes and deserializes the objects for me.", but then I can't imagine a situation where the problems are that mundane.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-05-28 19:57:50.798309+00 by: meuon [edit history]

The magic incantation today was discovered, by sniffing raw traffic, of a header value being set automagically by his .Net libraries for a thing called SOAPAction which in a real sniff look s like:

POST /xxxxx/connectors/multispeak/xxxxxxxx HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MS Web Services Client Protocol 4.0.30319.17929)
VsDebuggerCausalityData: uIDPo0g73oExpCdHoTD2xh0mpxIAAxxxSyBodXaRQ0mBdYGTGrpU106XJKjLo0FGh4v0dnUJJrsACQAA
Content-Type: text/xml; charset=utf-8
SOAPAction: "http://www.multispeak.org/Vers...e/InitiateMeterReadingsByMeterID"
Host: jps.utiliflex.com
Content-Length: 2005
Expect: 100-continue
Yes, there really should be quotes around the URL-ish thing in the SoapAction.

Wait until you see my skype rant..

#Comment Re: made: 2013-05-28 21:44:27.98712+00 by: Jack William Bell

SOAP? [shudders]

I'll fix that for you. Let me get a wooden stake and my mallet.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-05-29 00:26:23.571379+00 by: Dan Lyke

Well of course you want to quote it: What if you wanted to put a newline in that URL?