[sword-devel] SWORD utils frontends

Manfred Bergmann bergmannmd at web.de
Sun May 17 03:48:46 MST 2009

Am 16.05.2009 um 21:57 schrieb Jonathan Marsden:

> I'm wondering whether it might end up being simpler to create a Python
> (or whatever your chosen portable scripting language is) GUI wrapper  
> for
> the SWORD utilities, that people run locally on their own machine,
> rather than a web UI for a central server?
> Login authentication already
> exists on the user's machine, there is no need to move possibly large
> files back and forth, no worries about whose files they are, multiple
> users at once are handled by the users OS (on multi-user OSes only, of
> course), etc.

Well, I know, a local application would mean much less trouble. And in  
most cases I'd prefer a local over a web application if it makes sense.
If I create such a GUI wrapper for Mac I'll create it in Cocoa (or  
maybe even integrate it into MacSword) which doesn't run anywhere else  
and it would be of no benefit for anyone else except for Mac users.
Web applications and web services are much more common nowadays and we  
- operating over the internet mostly - having such services hosted  
makes sense to me.

More opinions?


> Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:
>> OpenId is quite neat. ...
> It is, but (unless something changed in the last few months) it has  
> one
> drawback that is hindering its usefulness: for it to work well, you  
> need
> to trust that the security of each OpenID provider you accept is  
> solid.
> And in the security world, the default is that no-one trusts anyone  
> else!
> So what is happening is that everyone is an OpenID provider, and
> everyone accepts their own provider as being sufficiently secure... so
> it looks like their site is trendy and accepts OpenID.  However, many
> places do not accept other providers.  Or did not, when I tried it!
> At least last time I tried this, an OpenID created on LaunchPad was  
> not
> accepted by SourceForge, for example.  Because of this, I just gave up
> and continue to remember and use about 50+ passwords!
> Hmmm, I just tried again, and after a couple of odd things happening
> (like being asked to associate my OpenID with my SF account, doing so,
> and getting sent to a blank web page!), it now seems to be working :)
> So maybe things really are improving, or I just had back luck the  
> first
> time I tried out OpenID?
> Jonathan
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