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Re: [Bug-gne]various random thoughts

From: Tom Chance
Subject: Re: [Bug-gne]various random thoughts
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 22:24:16 +0100 (BST)

> actually on the subject, ive been thinking about
> mirroring.
> according to toby (for those of u who dont know who
> he is,
> hes a mac using friend of ours), we probably wont
> need mirrors,
> and im inclined to agree with him.
> ie- the online britannica page can cope without
> mirrors,
> and it actually has users :)

Mirrors would serve functions other than server load,
like legality and server downtime. It also makes
language support easier, and may encourage more
submissions from non-English speaking countries if
they have a "local GNE" to access.

> i dont know what the state of the p90s are at the
> moment...
> i keep expecting eadie to do a raid and discover all
> the embeselled (how do 
> u spell that?) equipment :)

It depends somewhat on what Toby does eith eadie when
he goes through the room. I really want the web server
we set up tho - u need to talk to astrium about the
machines. They could be SO useful for development.
Doing it all using scp and putty from my machine
downstairs just isn't practical at all, certainly not
for complex stuff.

> i was thinking about a sort of net api interface for
> gne.
> the api would have specific functions, such as a
> find articles on gne
> function, and it would return in this instance a
> list of aid#'s. as standard integers

A bit like the slashcode perl modules you mean? That
could be quite useful. I'll start reading the stuff
about C and Perl in my new book :-)

> to do anything from rewriting an entire shell to gne
> in their
> own stylee, or maybe just a search engine putting a
> little
> 'search for gne articles' on their page, being able
> to diisplay the results 
> int he site's own
> little look+feel.

This api could also come in useful when creating other
ways of accessing GNE, like an app that you run under
X or Windows etc. which connects to GNE, cutting out
the web browser. Or for the CD idea... etc.

Oh, and by the way, I am redeveloping the coffee jar
atm so I'll use it as a testbed for ideas on handling
images :-)

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individual effort - Fyodor Dostoyevsky"

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