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From Luciano Resende <>
Subject Re: PhotArk Gallery API
Date Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:07:27 GMT
On Sun, May 16, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Luciano Resende <> wrote:
> I'd like to start working on defining a more robust API to access
> photoArk galleries, I'm planning to start by creating a new module
> (most likely a copy of current photark module) to avoid disrupting the
> current web application. I'd start by applying REST with JSON as the
> default wire format, and once we are ok with the new API, we could
> start migrating the existent app to use this new API.
> Thoughts ?

I have started playing with a REST API for PhotArk at my sandbox [1].

I have started by introducing a clear separation of Model and
Services, and you can see that I created things like Gallery, Album
and Image as pure model objects. This will makes things clear and
improve performance by allowing more atomic client/server
communications with the Gallery/Album services.

The second area is applying REST and Hypermedia principles to our API,
and the idea is that client (such as our UI) would interact with the
PhotArk gallery treating it as resources, and a call to retrieve

GET http://localhost:8085/gallery

would get a response similar to :

    "albums": [
            "ref": "http://localhost:8080/gallery/album1",
            "name": "Album 1",
            "coverImageRef": null
            "ref": "http://localhost:8080/gallery/album2",
            "name": "Album 2",
            "coverImageRef": null

Note that this initial response has all the information to build the
"gallery index" with a list of all available albums, and also provides
direct link to calling further service api to retrieve extra
information (e.g the album details via album:ref attribute ).

Please let me know your thoughts on this, and if people are ok with
this direction, I'll start investigating what's the best way to
integrate this to trunk.


Luciano Resende

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