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From Marshall Roch <>
Subject Re: multiple skin descriptors, skin versions
Date Sat, 07 Feb 2004 21:44:39 GMT
Johan Kok wrote:
> Perhaps time to look at using XML database solution rather that trying 
> to describe everything in filenames. That could contain a whole load 
> more information than just that, e.g. document hierarchy structure, 
> which could be used to generate the site navigation, also for the 
> inclusion of plug-ins, setting of parameters, like those in the sitemap 
> etc..  Personally I believe that one can build enourmous flexibility 
> going in the direction of an XML database.

I've said it before, and I just wanted to reiterate it again.  An XML 
file listing all of the skins and each version has the potential to get 
huge pretty quickly.  It would create a lot of extra bandwidth usage 
that could be avoided:

If the Forrest server ran an XML-RPC server (there are a number of Java 
implementations, I believe), Forrest users could send an XML-RPC request 
with their Forrest version and the skin they want, and the Forrest 
server could figure out which file they need server-side and respond 
with the right file name.  Then the user would grab just that file.

Marshall Roch

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