[sword-devel] php bindings

Brent Kirkley kirkley at kirkley.com
Sun Feb 25 17:09:51 MST 2007

Yeah, I see what your saying.  However at Sun when we are rebuilding
software, at a certain point we look at completely rebuilding from the
ground up with an entire new standard .. we do this just to shed the weight
and work arounds of the older architecture.  So where I was going with was
if the php client if you will was written in such a way to only incorporate
the newer adopted xml texts, granted it doesn't make everyone happy.. but it
would in time help motivate folks to port the old texts to the new standard
formats or build import/export tools ..etc.

It doesn't really matter to me, just looking for easier ways to make getting
the Word of God out there quicker so more people can get at it where ever
they are.  With the current move to the web all over the world, its on
phones, and pda's, dumb terms, pc's, even on TV's now.  Can you imagine a
missionary in some foreign country sharing the bible with some guy living on
a mountain somewhere over a satalite web phone looking at a web version of
the Sword texts?? Cool huh!


Jonathan Morgan wrote:
> On 2/24/07, Brent Kirkley <kirkley at kirkley.com> wrote:
>> I'm interested in participating in a php version of the sword software.
>> According to the Osis docs the bible texts aren't too var removed from
>> regular xml docs so parsing them out shouldn't be that bad.  Also, I was
>> thinking.. instead of trying to incorporate all of these C libs into the
>> php
>> build stack.. why not recreate them as php module/libs or even objects.
>> Granted the effort is duplicated but at least the build is completely
>> separate from the build tree.
> The Sword library contains a large amount of functionality, which it
> would be difficult to duplicate in any given language, and it would
> require adding support for anything as Sword added support for it, to
> keep it current.  Even the JSword project, which has had a large
> amount of effort put into it, is not very close to the Sword library.
> If you use a binding to the existing library, then you get all the
> functionality already there very nearly for free.
> In addition, the issue isn't just OSIS.  A large number of Sword
> modules are in the ThML or GBF formats.  Unless you wish to support
> all of these, you lessen your chances of dealing with any Sword module
> properly.  Sword supports all these module types already.
> Jon
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