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From Ron Wheeler <>
Subject Re: Default API response type: XML -> JSON
Date Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:05:09 GMT
The time would be better spent on fixing the docs.

It is time to turn Cloudstack into a production quality product with 
documentation that actually reflects the quality of the design and 

At the moment you have 2 people willing to work on the docs waiting for 
a committer to decide that professional documentation matters.

This proposal seems to make the product more complicated with no 
substantial benefit.
Parsing XML is a well-known technology and switching to JSON does not 
seem to reduce the code required or reduce the complexity of the code.

If there is a desire to me "more modern", fix the documentation.

On 24/04/2018 6:14 AM, Marc-Aurèle Brothier wrote:
> @rafael - I think it's overkill to have this as a configuration option. We
> should have one default response type, or maybe not have a default one and
> enforce the use of the response type the client is willing to receive.
> On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 3:39 PM, Rafael Weingärtner <
>> wrote:
>> I do think it is an interesting proposal. I have been thinking, and what if
>> we do something different; what about a global parameter where the root
>> admin can define the default serialization mechanism (XML, JSON, RDF,
>> others...)? The default value could be XML to maintain backward
>> compatibility. Then, it is up to the root admin to define this behavior.
>> On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 10:34 AM, Marc-Aurèle Brothier <>
>> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> I thought it would be good to move from XML to JSON by default in the
>>> response of the API if no response type is sent to the server along with
>>> the request. I'm wondering that's the opinion of people on the mailing
>>> list.
>>> Moreover, if anyone knows a tool working with the API in XML can you list
>>> them, so I could check the code and see if the change can be done without
>>> breaking it.
>>> PR to change default response type: (
>>> If this change would cause more trouble, or is not needed in your
>> opinion,
>>> I don't mind to close the PR.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Marc-Aurèle
>> --
>> Rafael Weingärtner

Ron Wheeler
Artifact Software Inc
skype: ronaldmwheeler
phone: 866-970-2435, ext 102

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