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Complexity of SMPP vs. XML

How does SMPP compare to XML in terms of complexity to implement and performance?

Do you mean SMPP, the SMS messaging protocol? If so, the difference is that SMPP is a full stack for implementing communications of short messages. It addresses sessions, acknowledgements, error handling etc. as well as data representation.

XML is just a data representation language. It can be used at all levels in a communication stack but "out of the box" as it were, it does not provide anything that compares to SMPP.

SMPP appears to be giving way in the industry to a more loosely coupled combination of layers in the communications stack built around XML for data representation and HTTP/Web services for communication.

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