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Re: Developing Java Client?

From: Garrett Rooney <rooneg_at_electricjellyfish.net>
Date: 2003-10-22 00:11:53 CEST

Robert Simmons wrote:

> So the question is how could I get started? What directories do I need for JUST
> client side work? Which should I read first, second so on. Are there any design
> docs talking about subversion's "language" between the client and server?

Well, it's going to be more complex than you'd like...

Subversion has multiple 'repository access layers' that the client
libraries use to talk to the repository. One uses direct calls into
Berkeley DB to connect directly to the repository on local disk, one
uses a WebDAV dialect, and one uses a custom TCP protocol. If you
wanted to do this you'd probably pick one (either DAV or the custom TCP
protocol probably, since you'd want to talk to a repos over the
network), and you'd have to implement both that, the client libraries,
and the working copy libraries (and man, those are nontrivial). In
general, it's a HUGE amount of work, and I personally don't recommend
it. Using the SWIG or JNI bindings to call into the existing client
libraries is /way/ more feasable.


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