[development] SoC: Multi-site administration through rich XUL client

Kieran Lal kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Wed May 3 01:13:25 UTC 2006

On May 2, 2006, at 6:05 PM, Ben Francis wrote:

> Khalid B wrote:
>> Is XUL the correct approach?
> I did wonder this myself, but note that the specification states
> "XULRunner", which I have interpreted as meaning a cross platform
> desktop application (like Firefox or Thunderbird) rather than web
> application.
> This is the reason I am asking whether writing an API with something
> like SOAP would be appropriate.

SOAP is bloated, hence AJAX not AJAS :-)

If we can get away with XML-RPC plus javascript that would be better  
but we can discover the appropriate technologies as we dig in.

I'll start connecting you with the appropriate people off-line.


> This would expose the Drupal module to a
> desktop client as a web service but also enable anyone to write their
> own custom web app which calls the API. I may even do this in the  
> future
> as well.
> At first, I was a bit dubious, but now that I've thought about it I
> think this would be a very useful and flexible way of implementing the
> administration tool to make it useful to a lot of different people
> (including myself).
> I would love to have the opportunity to write a PHP module, a web
> service and a JavaScript/CSS Desktop XUL application - it would be my
> ideal project. The only question is whether this can all be  
> completed in
> the allotted time.
> Regards
> Ben
> --
> Ben "tola" Francis
> http://hippygeek.co.uk

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