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From "Mike Oliver" <moli...@corenttech.com>
Subject RE: The state of WebDAV Clients
Date Mon, 26 Nov 2007 15:01:34 GMT
As a committer on Slide, I can say there have been many such conversations
on moving the WebDAV client out and into its own project where it can be
used to serve many other projects.

That WebDAV client code in Slide has been used by itself for lots of other
projects and even as a poor man's API into a WebDAV repository like

I see no point in having a dedicated WebDAV client for JackRabbit, and can
even argue that a more pure non dedicated WebDAV Client project would serve
as a test for compliance of any WebDAV related project including JackRabbit.

I would be interested in working on pulling that into a separate project if
anyone here wants to help, but I don't have time to do it by my self.


-----Original Message-----
From: Darren Hartford [mailto:dhartford@ghsinc.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 5:23 AM
To: users@jackrabbit.apache.org
Subject: RE: The state of WebDAV Clients

My understanding is as follows:

There exists a WebDAV client with Jackrabbit, but I do not mean the SPI
approach, but rather the org.apache.jackrabbit.webdav package mentioned
here which is similar to Slide Webdav client:

The VFS approach someone mentioned presently relies on the Slide webdav
client, and I know there have been discussions about moving the
Jackrabbit WebDAV client packing to an independent project
(commons-webdav or similar), but this has not moved forward yet.

If you are new to the jackrabbit list, you can troll through the user
mailing list, there has been quite a few references to webdav throughout
the history of the mailing list on Jackrabbit.

My two coppers,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Chris Dail [mailto:chrisdail@gmail.com]
> Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 11:55 AM
> To: users@jackrabbit.apache.org
> Subject: The state of WebDAV Clients
> I am a bit concerned at the state of WebDAV client implementations in
> Java.
> The slide project has been recently retired and Apache recommends
> using JackRabbit as an alternative.
> JackRabbit does not currently have a WebDAV client implementation
> according to this post
> Others in the industry like Eclipse, are using slide as the basis for
> their new EFS WebDAV implementation
> (http://wiki.eclipse.org/WebDAV_EFS_Implementation).
> In all of my searching, I have yet to find a viable alternative to
> slide as a WebDAV client. I think it is clear that there is a need for
> a project like this. Has there been any though in starting an Apache
> Commons project to provide WebDAV support? My understanding was that
> the Slide client was stable and would probably provide a good starting
> point for a WebDAV client.
> For more information on my WebDAV research see this post:
> http://pragmaticchris.blogspot.com/2007/11/java-webdav-clients.html
> Thanks
> Chris Dail
> http://pragmaticchris.blogspot.com

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