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Re: IIS WebDAV (Once again)

From: Jens B. Jorgensen <jens.jorgensen_at_tallan.com>
Date: 2004-11-17 20:46:36 CET


While this is truly a noble goal I think the barrier is much higher. In
the case of apache2 svn can leverage the existence of mod_dav that I'm
guessing takes care of a lot of things. While IIS has DAV features built
into it I do not think there is any way to take advantage of any of that
infrastructure. You'd have to write everything from scratch as an ISAPI
extension which I can assure you is messier that writing an apache
module. With the availability of a nice option such as apache2 as well
as svnserve I highly doubt you will see this get built unless someone
pays someone to do it. Just my humble opinion.

Gideon de Swardt wrote:

>I started playing around and researching alternatives to the old donkey
>VSS about 4 years ago, and back then my company decided to develop our
>own very scaled down source controller that plugs in directly to our
>support system and runs over the web using microsoft ASP and Internet
>Explorer technology to save data to the local users machine without
>having to install a source client. This worked for the size of our
>company and especially with the fact that we had developers all around
>the world that had to access the source library behind different
>firewalls, but scaling became o problem towards the end of 2003. We also
>made the decision that developing a source controller is not our primary
>business and therefore would rather switch to an external product that
>will solve the problem for us. The task of finding a solution for our
>growing needs was assigned to me. My initail thought was to become a
>"born-again" CSV user but found Subversion instead and the business
>group agreed to use an open source solution. We have been running
>Subversion since Jan 2004 using apache on a windows 2003 server, with no
>problems and thanks to solutions like ankhsvn we have an almost fully
>intergrated development environment.
>I remember that when I installed subversion that I was a bit
>disappointed about the fact that there was only a plugin for apache and
>not for IIS. One of my biggest problems back then was running IIS and
>apache on the same server, nightmares that I don't want to repeat again.
>I have also noticed that numerous people are requesting an IIS WebDAV
>ASAPI plugin. I would be a huge support of this move, cause althought
>apache is a very stable http server a lot companies main source code is
>running under iis and it is an absolute maintance nightmare of running 2
>http servers on the same machine. I also think that having an IIS plugin
>available would open a market for subversion beyound apache.
>I am willing in to develop an IIS WebDAV plugin, but this can become a
>task to great for the a single developer alone, so I am posting this
>message in the hope that there is any hackers out there that are also
>willing to contribute to an open source webdav plugin for iis
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Jens B. Jorgensen
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