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From James M Snell <jasn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Simplifying Server Side Development
Date Fri, 14 Sep 2007 15:24:41 GMT
Dan, very cool to see you thinking through this stuff. Give me a couple
of days to stew on it and I'll post some thoughts next week.

- James

Dan Diephouse wrote:
> Hi All,
> I think there is some agreement that server side development needs to be
> made a bit easier. This last week I've been hacking on a way to make it
> as easy as possible, yet still be fairly extensible. I think its a
> rather naive first attempt and I don't know if I've succeeded at all, so
> I was hoping to get some feedback.
> The basic idea is that you write against the ContentProvider interface
> and "fill in the blanks". I.e.
> BlogProvider extends ContentProvider<BlogEntry> {
>   public String getTitle(BlogEntry b) {
>     return b.getName();
>   }
> ....
> }
> It is FAR from done. For instance:
> 1. No exception handling of any kind - i.e. no way to throw a 404
> 2. Doesn't provide ways to map things like categories or other metdata
> on the entry.
> 3. Resolver/Provider URL handling needs to come together somehow (per my
> previous thread)
> 4. I have no idea if this is even conformant to the atompub spec, I'm
> really just making this up as I go along - so it could seriously suck.
> How IDs are supposed to work is particularly fuzzy. (I know I have to
> read that part of the Atompub spec soon, but I wanted to get this out
> here for feedback)
> 5. The example/test is a very naive attempt to figure out what it would
> be like to expose a customer database over AtomPub.
> 6. Not sure I like how the classes are named
> 7. Apache license headers aren't in tack, figure it needs more work
> anyway before committing
> Code is here:
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ABDERA-63
> Cheers,
> - Dan
> PS I'm gathering that the conversion stuff James recently committed may
> play along with the whole idea of simplifying things a bit for server
> side developers. James: any chance you can give us a run down of the
> ideas behind it?

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