XML-RPC | Article about XML-RPC by The Free Dictionary
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XML-RPC(XML Remote Procedure Call) A message-based protocol based on XML for accessing services over the Internet. An XML-RPC message is passed to the target server in an HTTP POST request. For more information, visit www.xml-rpc.com. See XMLP, XML and RPC.
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A simple yet powerful communication protocol: XML-RPC
engages remote procedure calls coded in XML and transmitted as HTTP requests.
If you just need to get something simple and straightforward running in a couple of weeks, that might be a job for XML-RPC