I think there are big advantages for users and third party developers if
Subversion extended its communication layers by supporting WebService on top
of SVN and WebDAV.
The biggest problem with WebDAV is that some of our Clients have internal
proxy servers that do not support webdav, and therefore they can not access
the source library without upgrading their proxy server software. This is
not always an option that their internal network and security administrators
are comfortable with.
SOAP (Web Services) will allow everybody no matter what their internal
network configuration are to be able to access subversion, but the biggest
advantages is that it makes subversion more extendable and easier to
integrate with 3 party software.
WebDAV integration currently only runs on top of Apache Web Server, but if
extended to WebService integration with other Web Servers would be much
easier and would give the end user the freedom to choose a Web Server they
are comfortable with running Subversion from and not restrict them only to
Gideon de Swardt
Received on Mon Jul 4 13:26:08 2005