[development] RFC: letting modules phone home to check for new releases

Robert Douglass rob at robshouse.net
Sat Nov 18 09:39:56 UTC 2006

Derek's plan is much more robust and not a lot more complicated than 
RSS. People ignore RSS. But if they look at their modules page and right 
next to the Views module it says "New version available", the'll notice 
that. I really like Derek's plan.

Derek, the fields you proposed look sane an unobtrusive. How, though 
will it support the case you mentioned where the module comes from a 3rd 
party vendor? Don't you need an XML-RPC endpoint or or some other 
absolute URL? I know you mentioned you want to avoid hardcoding these, 
but is it reasonable to expect that you can avoid doing so?


Bèr Kessels wrote:
> Hi,
> The way I handle this on Sympal is far easier, maybe a good idea:
> I add a predefined feed in aggregator, and have a PHP block preconfigured that 
> shows the last item in that feed to certain roles.
> If you like KISS something down this line may be more pragmatic and easier to 
> achieve. It works rather well, be it, that I cannot (nor want to) focus on 
> certain modules, something that you seem to want to introduce also.
> Bèr

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