[KimDaBa] Re: RFC - seperating back and frontend

David Fraser davidf at sjsoft.com
Tue Apr 6 07:33:21 BST 2004

Shawn Willden wrote:

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>On Saturday 03 April 2004 01:02 am, Bo Thorsen wrote:
>>>- A variety of frontends e.g. Web, <insert Favorite OS>
>>Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's usually a pipe dream. I have yet to
>>see a single separation case that actually did result in other frontends
>>using the backend.
>One off the top of my head:  xine
>There are at least four front ends that I know of.  I could come up with other 
>examples; it does happen.  However, it probably makes more sense to wait 
>until a programmer comes along who is seriously interested in implementing an 
>alternative front end.  I have a vague interest in implementing a 
>Windows-based front end (for my wife) and a PHP-based front end (for my 
>extended family), but they're way down on my list of priorities.
>The real win with separation, though, would be if you could build a server to 
>support multiple simultaneous clients.  That, however, is a lot more work 
>than just separating front and back.  Fun work, IMO, but lots of it.
>	Shawn
I've got my partially working PyImdaba for this reason (so it's 
cross-platform and could be developed into a web-based system).
Note however that with the nice XML file format, you don't neccessarily 
need a common backend as that code is fairly easy to implement in most 
modern languages


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