Re: vcard-integration for gnome

Clearly there are important technical challenges that need to be
addressed before this can be realized.  Ideally we'd have a generic API
for contacts managements for which evolution or other applications could
install providers, somewhat similar to URI handlers.  This would allow
us to achieve much tighter evolution desktop integration.

Of course, once we have that we need only make evolution execute code in
emails by default like outlook does and then we can start writing
evolution worms.


On Sat, 2003-11-22 at 11:49, Darko Obradovic wrote:
> Hi Rob,
> Am 22.11.2003 04:06 schrieb(en) Rob Adams:
> > Stop reinventing the wheel.  The contacts management infrastructure
> > already exists in evolution.  Just refactor it into a common API that
> > evolution itself could use to do its contacts.
> well, that's the problem I have with the whole thing: evolution is  
> certainly a great application and very useful for many people, but it  
> certainly is not for me. And then evolution has the (imho) bad habit to  
> have lots of cool features, but they are all kept inside.
> I'm going slightly off-topic I'm afraid: searching for some libraries  
> fpr mailing, the best I found was "camel" inside evo. kept  
> "proprietary" in a certain way. I somewhat believe into the UNIX-idea  
> of many small tools and libs doing their job right and interacting. I  
> don't use evo, as all I need is just a mail-client.
> So now you suggest we should extract evolution's contact-handling  
> instead of "reinventing the wheel", whereas I absolutely don't know how  
> evo handles contacts, and if there is any other documentation except  
> the sourcecode. That would be hard for me, you'll understand. :( And  
> obviously the developers never planned to share that stuff, which isn't  
> very motivating either. To me personally, it looks like they are trying  
> to establish kind of a monopole. That sounds harder than I'd like it  
> to, but that's basicly what made me think about starting something new,  
> which offers interoperability from scratch.
> Thanks for your answer, it was indeed helpful to me!
> Darko Obradovic

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