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From Yannick Menager <ymenager...@fastmail.fm>
Subject Re: Repository listing
Date Thu, 09 Oct 2003 21:19:33 GMT
Yes that would be easy to put in place, all that's really needed is a 
standard XML format to describe projects, components, etc... I'm 
starting to work on that first :)

J Aaron Farr wrote:
> Quoting Yannick Menager <ymenager_ml@fastmail.fm>:
>>I was thinking of writing a GUI tool to help assemble merlin 
>>applications, and It would have been nice if it could just go to the 
>>repository and list retrieve a list of all available components.
>>Unless I'm wrong, at this moment that is not possible unless i was to do 
>>some screen scrapping of the index.htmls, which would be a huge PITA ( 
>>not to mention might not work if the remote repository customised those 
>>pages ).
>>It would be then nice to have a standard listing file, with details 
>>about all the components available in the remote repository.
>>What do you guys think ?
> Additional tools like this are much needed.  It's been on my 'to do' list for
> months.
> On a related note, I've been thinking of putting together a cocoon web app that
> would be a web front end to a maven-style repository.  It could parse the
> directories and give you and easy way to see (and query) what's available in the
> repository, what's the latest version, and short descriptions (using maven
> POM's) of the projects.  If this were properly put together we could have it
> communicate to any client GUI app like you're talking about very easily.  That
> way you don't have to parse index.html-like files.  Instead, the web app could
> send an XML representation of the repository.
> Yeah, the more I think about this, the more I think it would be a good idea.  If
> you're interested, I could work on this web-app back end and could provide what
> you need for the GUI side.  What do you think?
> ---
>   jaaron      <http://jadetower.org>

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