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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: [RT] Starting 2.2
Date Wed, 13 Aug 2003 20:42:11 GMT
Tony Collen wrote:

> Joerg Heinicke wrote:
>> Stefano:
>> "the road to real blocks: how to build it minimizing the impact on
>> the existing code and with complete back compatibility (yes, it's
>> possible!)"
> Here's my own Mini-RT:


> Now, imagine this applied to Cocoon and blocks.  If we distributed a 
> "core" Cocoon, we could dramatically cut down the typical amount of 
> code that gets distributed.  If we wanted the PDF block installed, all 
> we would do is go to $cocoon_src/blocks/pdf/ and type build install.  
> It would download the PDFSerializer, and realize that the FOP jars are 
> required, and download them.   We could also come up with some "block 
> packages" that are geared towards some basic tasks, i.e. blocks which 
> are grouped together to accomplish some goal.. sort of how the more 
> popular Linux distros have a "workstation", "server", "basic", 
> "everything" install.
> That's my RT, I hope I didn't spoil anything anybody was saving :) 

You did ;-)

The idea behind blocks uses similar concepts but goes even further by 
relying on a discovery system that can ask a server for the location of 
dependencies. This means you won't even need a local list of the 
available blocks.

But let's not steal Stefano's pleasure of explaining us the results of 
his worldwide discussions !

Stefano, seems like a lot of people are ready and waiting ;-)


Sylvain Wallez                                  Anyware Technologies 
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