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Re: Library defaults

From: Davis Herring
Subject: Re: Library defaults
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:59:55 -0700
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So it's really: Make the defaults developer-friendly or source code
friendly?  Because all calls from applications will end up looking like

(with-url ("http..." :cookies t
                     :cache t
                     :verbose 0)

And that's kinda sad, too.

No, they should end up looking like

(with-url ("http..." :cookies client4--cookies
                     :cache client4--cache)

because it is not only the _fact_ of using cookies and cache but also the contents of those data stores that should be client-specific. Cookies serve as a "persona" that should be under the control of the client/user, and the client/user may know when a cache is stale or unneeded and want to clear it themselves. (I imagine there is also a privacy concern if two personas are used but they share a cache that can be detected via logging the HEAD requests that do not produce a GET.)

In case it's not obvious, client4 would if appropriate offer a "don't-use-cookies/cache" customization that caused client4--cookies/cache to be nil.


PS - Yes, non-verbose should be the default, but that is indeed merely a stylistic concern.

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