SimpleWeb Services and Remote Method Calls with XML-RPC

  • Deborah Nolan
  • Duncan Temple Lang
Part of the Use R! book series (USE R)


In this chapter, we look at one of the early approaches used for Web services: XML-RPC. This is a form of remote procedure call, i.e., invoking functions that reside in a different process or machine. This is basically calling a “foreign” function. Like REST, this uses HTTP to communicate the requests and responses. However, XML-RPC uses XML to represent the different inputs/arguments to the request, and the value of the result. XML-RPC is quite simple and flexible, but not very widely used anymore, with SOAP and REST more common. However, it is still useful at times and somewhat interesting as an introduction to SOAP.


Form Server Remote Procedure Call Destination Vertex Class AsIs Soap Interface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Nolan
    • 1
  • Duncan Temple Lang
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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