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Re: [GMG-Devel] API proposal

From: Nathan Yergler
Subject: Re: [GMG-Devel] API proposal
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 17:31:10 -0800

So I've been thinking about this over the past few days, and today
managed to get some thoughts down in the wiki.

My goals may be somewhat different than Tryggvi's; my intention is to
create an API that allows non-browser clients to upload and retrieve
media from GMG instances, leveraging straight-up HTTP as much as
possible. The document is intentionally vague: I suspect that there
are lots of things we don't know yet.

I have thoughts about how to start development of this (and I think
starting to build it will be a great test of how it works; if I'm
'right' it should feel easy :) ). But at this point I'd like to get
some feedback. Does it pass the smell test? Does it meet basic use
cases? Are there things that seem totally whacky to you?

Thanks for your patience, looking forward to feedback.


2011/11/11 Tryggvi Björgvinsson <address@hidden>:
> On 11/07/2011 12:04 AM, Tryggvi Björgvinsson wrote:
>> As discussed at the IRC meeting yesterday I promised to write up an API to
>> use as a springboard for nyergler to improve and work from. I wrote the
>> proposal (for a very specific scenario) on the wiki:
>> As you can see this is a really specific API which wasn't created with
>> MediaGoblin in mind and only for submission of files but could be useful to
>> launch the API discussion and work.
> After a discussion yesterday on #mediagoblin with paroneayea and Elrond, I
> found out that MediaGoblin will start to process files immediately after
> upload no matter what. This makes the claims/expiration idea useless so we
> came up with a better approach to API which isn't as use case specific,
> easier to implement and overall just cleaner. Instead of claiming files with
> callback URL/webhooks. The callback is provided as an optional variable on
> upload (when files are uploaded, the application uploading can send a URL
> for GMG to POST to when processing is finished).
> I have modified the wiki page accordingly and split the API up into two
> different APIs. One for submission, the other for Metadata. So we need to
> provide the upload+webhook POST option and then implement the callback JSON
> API.
> If the uploading application (the US) wants to add metadata to the file
> (such as a Creative Commons license) that should be possible through a
> different API.
> Hope this clears things up and avoids hurting in Nathan Yergler's brain when
> he tries to understand what I am trying to explain.
> /Tryggvi
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