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Libwww status

From: Fred Covely <fcovely@bcftech.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2001 14:14:41 -0500 (EST)
To: <www-lib@w3.org>
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I am curious as to the 'strategic' direction of libwww.  I have been using
it for a while now and believe its a very good product once you can get
through the learning curve.  Nevertheless it seems to me that a major
rewrite is in order.  It might make a lot of sense to do such a rewrite in
C++ using STL and integrating with other open source efforts (Xerces comes
to mind).  Is anyone on the libww team considering this or is libwww pretty
much in pure maintenance mode?  If it is in maintenance mode is there any
plans for another release beyond 5.3.2?

While I have my hands full I might be interested in working on a C++ effort.
It may make sense to keep a lot of the libwww semantics, while moving
everything to C++.  Obviously there is a ton of clean up work.  If that was
the direction, then it might be good to solicit input from the various
developers who have used the product.  We wrote a c++ wrapper around a small
part of libwww and are happy with its performance and reliability (although
we do have some code fixes on top of 5.3.2 that fix memory leaks, segf/gpf's

Any input?


Fred Covely
BCF Technology
Received on Tuesday, 6 November 2001 02:35:08 UTC

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