lisa at osafoundation.org
Thu Feb 24 14:48:26 PST 2005
Yes, I took a look at GroupDAV when Helge joined the CalDAV development
list. GroupDAV is a really nice project and I respect their goal of
"as simple as possible". With CalDAV, we're making some different
choices from what GroupDAV participants have preferred. For example,
CalDAV supports enterprise use cases and lists a lot of server-required
features to ensure that any feature that a good number of clients need
will be supported by all servers.
[Side point: simplicity is in the eye of the beholder. For a server
implementor, simplicity lies in not having to implement many features.
For a client, however. simplicity lies in having every server support
each feature that's needed to solve the user's problem -- thus, more
server features, not less. I'm not entirely sure which version of
simplicity is Group DAV's goal. Similarly, what's simple for a
protocol specification is not necessary simple for implementors if
there are undefined edge cases or features which require a lot of work
due to the simplicity of the protocol.]
In the long run, since they're participating helpfully in the CalDAV
development, and assuming CalDAV eventually goes to RFC, I have good
hopes they'll be standards compliant. It's really not far off from
what they've proposed as an alternate "simpler" protocol.
On Feb 24, 2005, at 2:31 PM, Chih-Chao Lam wrote:
> Via Slashdot, I found GroupDAV:
> "GroupDAV is an effort to create a "down-to-the-earth" protocol to
> connect OpenSource groupware clients with OpenSource groupware
> Does anyone know more about this? Looks like the author Helge Hess is
> also active on the CalDAV mailing list.
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