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From Stefano Mazzocchi <stef...@apache.org>
Subject What is Cocoon?
Date Sat, 15 Jun 2002 15:43:54 GMT
"Andrew C. Oliver" wrote:

> > > Just what IS Cocoon?
> >
> >This one will be solved when Cocoon Blocks are available and every
> >installation can be customized depending on the needs and 3rd party stuff
> >can be provided as blocks and not with the core.
>
> No.  It will be mitigated, but not solved.  Still answer "What is
> Cocoon?"  -- try it.

I've been thinking a lot about this: how should we market Cocoon? Right
now it's simply too hard since Cocoon has grown to be too many things in
one place. This is why I proposed the creation of blocks.

After blocks are implemented (yes, expect big RT on this very soon)
Cocoon will change from a big WAR to a smaller WAR that implements a COB
(COcoon Block) container and provides some standard blocks.

Giacomo calls this block container a 'naked cocoon' and I love the
concept: it's the cocoon core, with no direct functionality. Blocks will
provide functionality. Some blocks are written by you, some blocks are
installed from other places.

A 'naked cocoon' is an server-side XML application framework.

That is: cocoon is glue for your web needs. 

-- 
Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<stefano@apache.org>                             Friedrich Nietzsche
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