Re: [Evolution] Problem viewing calendars on multiple machines

On Wed, 2009-03-11 at 16:42 +0000, Chris G wrote:
On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 11:57:40AM -0430, Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
On Wed, 2009-03-11 at 16:14 +0000, Chris G wrote:
It's trying to do the impossible though.  If, for example, one end has
task categories that don't exist at the other end there's nothing that
SyncMl can do to sort it out.

Or anything else. How do you propose to deal with this in your
home-grown solution? What about when you change phones and the new one
isn't exactly the same as the old one? These issues are inherent in the
nature of the problem. The best way to deal with them is via a
standardized markup language, i.e. SyncML or similar. To take your
example: SYncML doesn't define specific task categories, so if your
various devices aren't understanding each other the problem is with
their use of SyncML, not with the language itself.

If both ends use the same data file they *can't* disagree!  OK, it's a
little more complex than this but to my mind it's fundamentally less
broken then trying to bodge it with a 'translator' in the middle. 

The OP talked about syncing two instances of Evo, so it *might* be true
that the data is in the same format (assuming they are both the same
version), but then you introduced the notion of syncing with other
devices such as PDAs, where the data files will definitely *not* be in
the same format.

SyncMl does 'know' about what it's transferring to some extent, if it
doesn't then how is it any different from a simple file copying
mechanism?  There are several very clever file synchronisation
utilities already available, if that was all that was needed then
SyncMl would be redundant.  Where SyncMl scores is that it *does* know
the sort of things its transferring.

SyncML is not a file transfer mechanism, or even a synchronization
protocol (despite the name). It's a description language. The only sane
way to interoperate N devices is to have an intermediate standard
format. That way the number of translations is O(N), not O(N^2). That's
what SyncML is for.


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