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Data access for the PTS (Was: Re: Bug#348971: qa.debian.org: please consider converting PTS to a CSS layout)

On Wed, Mar 01, 2006 at 05:29:29PM +0100, Alexis Sukrieh wrote:
> * Jeroen van Wolffelaar (jeroen@wolffelaar.nl) disait :
> > On Wed, Mar 01, 2006 at 04:47:43PM +0100, Francesco Paolo Lovergine wrote:
> > > That reminds me: is there a webservice thought for PTS? I think it could
> > > be very useful for remote scripting...
> > 
> > What do you mean, 'webservice'? PTS *is* a webservice (next to also
> > being a email service, that actually is mostly independent).
> I suppose frankie was speaking about something like a SOAP interface or alike,
> in order to be able to query the PTS remotely, within a script.

Personally I think SOAP is overrated, overhyped, or both. But as the PTS
uses XML to store its data internally anyway, it might be easy to fix.
I'm not going to spend my energy on it though, so "patches welcome".

After all, we already have machine-readeable sources for most if not all
of the stuff the PTS can provide, and -- at least for the Packages &
Sources files -- are well defined, well mirrored, and will remain
backwards compatible etc etc.


Jeroen van Wolffelaar
Jeroen@wolffelaar.nl (also for Jabber & MSN; ICQ: 33944357)

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