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Re: ANN: MyFolks Framework (Apple AddressBook compatible)


From: Nicolas Roard
Subject: Re: ANN: MyFolks Framework (Apple AddressBook compatible)
Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2003 21:55:27 +0100

On 2003-10-06 19:23:03 +0000 Björn Giesler <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> I've put an initial version of my MyFolks framework on my server. This 
> framework adds Apple AddressBook API compatibility to GNUstep. It's been 
> written entirely from Apple's documentation; no code has been copied. 
> Although this is only an initial release, everything is supported except for 
> setting the "Me" record and searching. address@hidden's "contacts" tool 
> (available at http://gnufoo.org/contacts/contacts.html) compiles and works 
> perfectly, as should most other applications that use Apple's API. There are 
> probably still bugs which I haven't found yet.

Sounds great ! 

(...)
> The framework is called "MyFolks" to avoid confusion with Apple's framework. 
> For a similar reason, Contacts.app will be renamed to MyFolks.app to avoid 
> confusion with the "contacts" command-line tool. The classes have been named 
> differently (MF* instead of AB*) to be able to use both AddressBook.framework 
> and MyFolks.framework in the same application, e.g. for migrating OSX address 
> books to GNUstep. Please read the enclosed README file for further 
> explanation on changes and extensions.

hm, just my opinion, but I don't really like "MyFolks" as a name... 
Contacts.app was
way better (and imho better internationally). As for the framework, a "Contacts"
framework would be fine ;-) and the "contacts" command-line tool is imho 
different enough from "Contacts.app" ...
I'm not very fond of the different prefixes (MF instead of AB) but well, with
the AddressBook.h compatibility file it's not very important I guess.

Anyway, it's a very cool thing to have an AB framework :-)
I don't know much AB, and I have also a question : is it only useable for 
storing
addressbook contacts, or is it possible to use such a framework to store any 
datas
(for example, bookmarks ..) ?

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