Let me follow that up with saying that the beauty of Review Board is that not
only is it open source, but it has a very powerful extension framework. This is
a project that somebody could take on as an extension, test the waters, and
perhaps eventually contribute it to Review Board as a core feature.
Christian Hammond - christ...@beanbaginc.com
Review Board - https://www.reviewboard.org
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From: christ...@beanbaginc.com <christ...@beanbaginc.com>
Reply: christ...@beanbaginc.com <christ...@beanbaginc.com>>
Date: October 1, 2014 at 1:18:31 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>>, Stefan
Subject: Re: repo navigation with ReviewBoard
> Hi Stefan,
> The trick is that tools are often limited in terms of what they have access
> There are two types of tools: Ones that can talk to remote repositories (like
> us), and
> ones that own/wrap repositories (like GitHub, Gitorious, etc.).
> The ones that talk to remote repositories are dependent on the API for those
> For some repositories (Subversion, CVS), this API is complete enough to offer
> a browsing
> experience. For others (Git), it's absolutely impossible without direct
> access. This
> goes for hosting services as well. GitHub is pretty good at API support, but
> most are not,
> and do not provide repository browsing abilities.
> If you wrap/own the repository, you can of course do whatever you like.
> However, you're
> then more limited, and you either need all your repositories in one place, or
> you need
> to have multiple servers.
> So, pros and cons.
> We could probably build a repository browser, but it wouldn't work
> everywhere. Git users
> would want it and we'd have to explain why that won't happen. In the places
> it does work,
> the functionality may differ considerably from what the user would expect, or
> differ between repositories.
> Down the road, if we had the people for it, I'd love to solve this problem in
> a way that works
> everywhere. Maybe write a repository wrapper that guarantees us the API (if
> you're not
> using a hosting service for repositories).
> Right now, though, repository browsing is best left up to dedicated tools, as
> we focus
> on our long list of tasks ahead of us.
> Christian Hammond - christ...@beanbaginc.com
> Review Board - https://www.reviewboard.org
> Beanbag, Inc. - https://www.beanbaginc.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Seefeld
> Reply: firstname.lastname@example.org >
> Date: October 1, 2014 at 12:47:05 PM
> To: email@example.com >
> Subject: Re: repo navigation with ReviewBoard
> > On 2014-10-01 15:38, Andrew Hills (anhills) wrote:
> > > Hi Stefan,
> > >
> > > While that sounds like an interesting project for an extension, I'm
> > > not sure exactly how it would work, since it would have a completely
> > > different interface for each type of version control. It would be much
> > > easier if you already had such a tool in place, and to write an
> > > extension to add easy access points. But even then, all the web tools
> > > look more than a little different, so it would take some effort to
> > > make sure it's extensible enough to cover most cases...
> > Andrew,
> > I (think I) understand and agree with your concerns. But I also expected
> > at least a minimal interface to already be in place, as the ReviewBoard
> > tool already fetches data from various repos (so it can display commit
> > lists, compare patches, etc.), so augmenting that to allow full repo
> > navigation would be a natural extension.
> > But I can definitely see this being a substantial effort, and I just
> > wanted to know whether anyone had already done or thought about such a task.
> > Thanks,
> > Stefan
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