In my last entry discussing the restriction of outbound communications, I briefly mentioned one of the benefits of using an automatic retry option for your AS2 transmissions. Automated resending, or what are sometimes called AS2 reliability features, can be a simplifying and powerful tool in a variety of situations beyond what I’ve already discussed, however. In this entry, I’m going to talk about some of those cases and the advantages they offer.
Most AS2 applications offer some sort of automatic retry facility in case the initial attempt to send an outbound document fails. Despite this, I’ve noticed that many users ignore this feature. They might wonder what the point in retrying is, thinking that a failure in an HTTP transmission usually indicates something that is not going to resolve itself, Continue reading