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Monday, March 05, 2007

State

Dan Creswell writing again, about "state" this time...

Maintenance of state is a shared responsibility for a system. We should seek to place that responsibility in appropriate places at appropriate times and be much more aware of responsibility boundaries and when it’s appropriate, share that responsibility amongst components.

Generally we consider TCP to be responsible for ensuring that state makes it to the other end of the connection. One hands some data to the TCP layer and we expect that it will ensure the data reaches the recipient. But is this true? What happens if we suffer a power outage before TCP transmits the data? When the machine restarts, is TCP going to restart and resend all that unsent data? Clearly not, whoever delegated responsibility to TCP for this data will now need to take steps to recover the situation.

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