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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Extensions hosting
Date Thu, 05 Jan 2012 16:14:46 GMT
On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:05 AM, Ross Gardler
<rgardler@opendirective.com> wrote:
> On 5 January 2012 13:57, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
>> 2012/1/5 Jürgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@googlemail.com>:
>>> On 1/5/12 12:12 PM, Ross Gardler wrote:
>>>>
>
> ...
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>>> And the proposed index only solution is not satisfying for me because of the
>>> explained reasons (missing hosting of the binary extension packages or
>>> templates). But I would like to learn more about it and especially how it
>>> should be maintained, the frontend how users would register their extensions
>>> ...
>>
>> Let's take an example of the general pattern, with blogs.  ...  they all agree
>> on some basic standards:  HTML for the content, and RSS or Atom for
>> syndication.
>
> ...
>
>> So the model that I think is attractive for extensions and templates is:
>
> ...
>
>> 2) What we do specify are:
>>
>> a) The metadata related to extensions.
>
> ...
>
>>
>> b) An encoding of the metadata, in XML.
>
> At the risk of diverting this thread too far from the goal of coming
> up with an overall plan for moving forwards short-medium-long term...
>
> Consider the RDF Description of a Project format. The ASF uses it for
> http://projects.apache.org That site is generated from a bunch of
> PERL, XSL and the like pulling content from wherever the projects want
> to host their DOAP descriptor and publishing a catalogue. It's not as
> feature rich as needed for AOO but it is a good proof of concept.
>
> For an intro to DOAP see http://www.oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/doap.xml
>
> Remember that there are a whole load of ASF projects dealing with RDF
> data, it's quite possible some of those will be keen to help us if
> this were a route we took.
>

RDF is fine as well.  The general thought is not to reinvent the wheel
with our own ad-hoc format.  Pick something that has broad support in
tools and libraries already.  We're fortunate to have several good
options for this kind of thing

> Ross

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