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From Jason van Zyl <jvan...@maven.org>
Subject RE: Proposals
Date Sun, 09 Nov 2003 17:40:17 GMT
On Sun, 2003-11-09 at 11:48, Noel J. Bergman wrote:
> peter royal wrote:
> > On Nov 7, 2003, at 5:37 PM, Stephen McConnell wrote:
> > > Searching is certainly on the my agenda.  We need it for IDE related
> > > development, repository management, and intelligent query based
> > > artifact aquisition (and HTTP in this context is not an ideal
> > > solution).
> > But that's a layer that would sit on top of the repository, right?
> That is my thought as well.  First we need a layout, of which I like Tim's
> the best so far.  On top of that we can add meta-data, and then tools that
> use the meta-data.
> For "dumb" servers, we can have tools that create static meta-data, which
> would also be more efficient.  "Smart" servers might support dynamically
> creating, or simply reformatting, meta-data for different clients, e.g.,
> Maven, Avalon or JNLP, from a single source, but otherwise we just store
> meta-data statically.  The real "smarts" would be on the client side, where
> the metadata would be most often used.


> But since the meta-data would be present at a URL within the layout, I don't
> think that we need to deal with it right now.  Just the layout, itself,
> which can be presented to infrastructure and the projects.


>   Once we've a
> layout, existing tools can make use of it, and people can start discussing
> the next layer, which would be meta-data.

And do we even really need to do that? Any group can add any additional
information to the repository as needed. Or they can collect information
about the artifacts in any storage facility they desire.

> At least that's my view.  :-)
> 	--- Noel

Jason van Zyl

In short, man creates for himself a new religion of a rational
and technical order to justify his work and to be justified in it.
  -- Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

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