[sword-devel] Personal Commentary and Dropbox.

David Instone-Brewer Technical at Tyndale.cam.ac.uk
Wed Feb 13 02:36:05 MST 2013

I love Dropbox but I agree that it doesn't give much in the way of APIs.

I'm impressed by Google Apps Script which you can use to control 
their spreadsheets and other Google docs.
Google docs now work offline fairly well with Gears, though for 
real-time syncs you need to be online of course.
You can leave a script running on their servers at no cost.
I've had a script running for a few months, which looks out for 
attachments in a Gmail account and saves them as docs in Google Drive.
It runs automatically every so-many minutes and very occasionally 
misses a beat (due to server delays I think) but it hasn't fallen over.
Have a peek at https://developers.google.com/apps-script/overview

David IB

At 07:51 13/02/2013, Chris Burrell wrote:

>As soon as you use software to study rather than to read I think 
>you're talking about more than 5 users.  A lot of my users will be 
>Web based so syncing online could almost be expected as the same 
>people will be using different computers
>On 13 Feb 2013 02:41, "Nic Carter" 
><<mailto:niccarter at mac.com>niccarter at mac.com> wrote:
>On 13/02/2013, at 3:50 AM, Israel 
><<mailto:israeldahl at gmail.com>israeldahl at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Maybe you could create a way to plug in all the various cloud 
> services.  Make it extensible.  It would be nice to have all the 
> same modules across all the various sword programs on the various 
> devices.  That may be a bit beyond the scope of what you were 
> talking about.  But syncing all devices so that they can all share 
> the same sword modules would be great! But, choice would help 
> facilitate that.  For example I might have an iPhone with your 
> program and an Ubuntu laptop with Xiphos and Bible Time and I want 
> to be able to read the same Bible at home and on the train to 
> work.  Dropbox (Ubuntu One, Evernote, etc...) would be a better 
> choice for users using multiple platforms.
>My thinking is that this sync would be for user-generated content 
>only. Notes & bookmarks primarily?
>However, no need to limit it to that I guess?
>But unless this way of plugging in "all the various cloud services" 
>is done in the API, I think you'll find that it's way too much 
>effort for each front-end to have to implement this.
>I know for me, features in PocketSword reflect things that I find 
>useful and want for myself, along with bribery & threats...  ;)
>Nah, basically, things that are going to be useful for lots of 
>people rather than a very select few. Hence I'm thinking of Dropbox 
>as it seems to be the best & most common sync platform. Apple, 
>Google & Microsoft all have different/ulterior motivations for their 
>sync platforms, Dropbox is simply trying to make money from sync, 
>hence (as long as they don't go bust!) they're my choice...  ;)
>Anyway, simple is good. Catering to a larger audience is good. 
>Putting in a lot of effort for something that perhaps 5 users will 
>ever use is not efficient use of my time. Something that is 
>cross-platform is essential. (Dropbox supports iOS, Android, Ruby & 
>Python, which possibly covers everyone? But seems to infer that 
>Dropbox integration at the API level (C++ or Java) is probably not 
>gonna happen?)
>Thanks for all the thoughts so far (& unlurking!) :) I'm interested 
>in more thoughts, too :)
>Thanks, ybic
>         nic...  :)
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