Re: Shipping Vera with 2.4

On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 07:11:38PM +0000, Sander Vesik wrote:
>  --- Michael Meeks <michael ximian com> wrote: > Hi Havoc,
> > 
> > On Thu, 2003-02-27 at 18:33, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> > > Take "recent documents" feature of GNOME 2.2 - it completely sucks
> > > because of the big-three end user apps Mozilla, OpenOffice, and
> > > Evolution, exactly zero of them use the "recent documents" feature.
> > > There's a file-format-based spec for recent files now, and I guess
> > > people are adding OpenOffice support, but it would have been much
> > > easier with a D-BUS style system.
> > 
> > 	I believe you confuse adoption with simplicity. Persuading umpteen
> > projects to link to yet another heap of IPC is easier than parsing /
> > writing a simple XML file ?
> > 
> gnome 2.2 is a quite new piece of software that not all that many ship yet -
> it is extremely unsuprising nobody has bothered to offer support for new features
> found in it yet.

Not the point at all. The point is about what the recent files spec
had to contain (how hard it was to design and write as an
interoperable feature). As Alex says, you have to handle locking, file
change notification, file format, etc.

If you had shared IPC, then you could have just specified a message to
add a new file, and a broadcast when the list changed, and that's it.


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