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Re: [Debian-sf-devel] SOAP/XML-RPC

From: James Michael DuPont
Subject: Re: [Debian-sf-devel] SOAP/XML-RPC
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 14:49:59 -0800 (PST)

--- Tim Uckun <address@hidden> wrote:
> >
> >Anyway, the loic from savannah had posted a paper about xmlrpcing
> the
> >savannah, but I dont know where it is going.
> >
> Interesting read. It seems like they are leaning to phpgroupware as a
> possible solution. I agree that it's probably a good idea to start
> with an 
> existing framework if you want to write something from scratch (see 
> ) but I suspect that you will not
> be 
> able to provide the full capabilities of sf (especially login shells
> and 
> CVS access might be tricky too).

Well....  Savannah is based on sourceforge.

> I have been doing some research into this already and I can tell you
> no 
> project matches the features of sourceforge. Here are some close
> competitors.

I am interested in debiansf and savannah, in creating an interface for
uploading projects and not having to use these frustrating web UIs.

> I think it says something about the php language and community when
> so many 
> competing projects exist that attempt to do the same thing yet it's 
> impossible to combine functionalities to build one great one.

Tell me, how hard is it to replace the html output of sf with xml.
Better yet use some xmlrpc lib to do the outputting. 
As for the accepting posts, that cannot be that hard to create some
interceptor into the posting. A way to take the form variables and
store them in xml snippets, and then post them. Surly XMLRPC is the way
to do this?

> Either
> should take over soon or some app framework should be "anointed" to
> be the 
> preferred php application framework so people stop wasting time
> writing yet 
> another app.

I am thinking of just gutting this file upload module and finding some
way to inject the variables into it. The waste of time is parsing and
posting these complex forms. Even a simple html form with no frills,
one page perl post and not so many embedded posts. That would be easy
to script. 

The guys from web-ide are on the right path. debian-sf and savannah are
unique in terms that they are more open than sourceforge. It should be
easier to agree on a stripped down interface into the form.

What do you think? Is this the right way to go? are you interested in
doing some testing with me?


James Michael DuPont

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