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App Casting (for extensions)

edited August 2005 in Vanilla 1.0 Help
Could I please bring your attention to Symphony (if you have not already seen it).

It STILL has not been released, but it has a very (VERY) nice feature of app casting.

There is a menu in the admin area that lets you 'browse' and 'purchase' available plugins (extensions) for the Symphony system.

Sjould we have something like this for Vanilla?

I understand this COULD put quite a load on Marks server, but, what the hell?

The 'browser' extension, manages all other extensions, and calls home periodically (once a day. offset the times, so we TRY not the kill the server) to check for updates of CURRENTLY active extensions. tehre is no point yet, to look for all available extensions.

When the admin DOES descide to look for NEW/ AVAILABLE extensions for their system (maybe even version... looking down the track here), it displays them in a list, with links for more info (ajax here to cut page loads) and to download. If they choose to download, it handles the request, and saves a copy into the extensions (possibly styles) folder.

Admin can then activate it when ready.

What do you think?


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    lechlech Chicagoland
    edited August 2005

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    worked for me??? /me is confused
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    lechlech Chicagoland
    weird, now it works. it didn't when i tried 3 hours ago.
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    lechlech Chicagoland
    My take on this application is probably another one of those universal blogger tools that plugs into the api framework autonomously. In a sense, removing the browser from the equation but still acting like one to edit and manipulate threads/postings/etc. I remember back in the day many online applications were hailed for things like this but at the same time introduced a couple of bugs and security holes for a short time. That is relativly what symphony is touting to be as well, and a bit more, am I right? I can't say I'm much of a fan of these little niche tools unless it is overly-useful and stays updated. Last time I remember most of the apps created to play middleware like this fell dead in the water and have since been customized for certain tasks.
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    regardless of what symphony is (i havent looked) isnt this the same request we had in the manage extensions (or something) thread?
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    lechlech Chicagoland
    From what i quickly manage to skim through, the symphony demo didn't seem to really impress me all too much. It looked like just another blogger tool that sits on your server looking like most of the rest.
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    I have trialed the software (got a demo version from the developer), and I was not a fan. It i sjust the only example of this type of app casting. @minisweeper: I don't think this was mentioned in the other thread. the managing side of things was, but the app casting was not brought up.
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