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Re: XML interface to cvs

From: Dan Langille
Subject: Re: XML interface to cvs
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 19:45:36 -0500

On Tue, 26 Mar 2002 17:29:53 -0700, James Knowles <address@hidden>

> > > > > What kind of interface are you looking for?
> > > > A programmatic one.  
> > > but XML describes data formats, not APIs.
> > Exactly.  What's your point?  I think you have chosen to interpret my
> > original question too literally.  It's similar to asking for an http
> > interface to cvs.
> ...or that you expressed your question too loosely or vaguely. 

Yep.  We're both wrong.

> HTTP is a
> well-defined, standard transport protocol. XML is a data organization
> methodology. They are two completely different things. 

Agreed.  Never said they weren't.  Never said they were.  CVSweb is an http
(or some could argue, an HTML) interface to cvs.  And XYZ (whatever that
is) would be an XML interface to cvs.  Would it have been better if I used
HTML instead of HTTP as my example?  It's been a long day already.

> If you want a HTTP-ish protocol.

I want to extract data from CVS in XML format.

> are you in truth asking for something like a WSDL server that wraps CVS? 

I don't know.  I've not heard of WSDL until now.  Reading, I think my answer is yes.

The primary reason for wanting CVS repository data in XML format is for
data interrogation in order to populate a database.

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