Thread: open source?

Started: 2012-04-04 20:18:07
Last activity: 2012-04-09 21:48:53
Topics: Web Services
Philip Crotwell
2012-04-04 20:18:07
Hi

Is there any interest by the DMC in open sourcing the code to your web services?

In particular, I am thinking about putting a compatible web service on
some of my databases (likely dataselect, maybe stationxml) and it
would be really, really nice if I didn't have to implement them from
scratch. And moreover, if many systems implement the same web service
then it becomes much more useful as clients can then be easily reused.

Thanks,
Philip

  • Chad Trabant
    2012-04-09 21:48:53

    Hi Philip,

    We currently have no plans to release the source code for the services. For the most part the actual web service code is straight forward, the complexities often lie in connecting them to internal systems which would not be appropriate, for example, for your own data set. Also, we have details such as database schema & accounts and we are adding authentication capability, all of which we'd like to avoid sharing widely. The alternative is to make a separate release devoid of the internal details, but then it's something to maintain that we don't actually use. We recognize that it would be useful to provide a head start for other implementers of these services and we'll continue to think about how best to support such a thing.

    Chad

    On Apr 4, 2012, at 10:18 AM, Philip Crotwell wrote:

    Hi

    Is there any interest by the DMC in open sourcing the code to your web services?

    In particular, I am thinking about putting a compatible web service on
    some of my databases (likely dataselect, maybe stationxml) and it
    would be really, really nice if I didn't have to implement them from
    scratch. And moreover, if many systems implement the same web service
    then it becomes much more useful as clients can then be easily reused.

    Thanks,
    Philip
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