I'll agree that when dealing with entire files, a VCS
would be ideal. However, interfacing with one from PHP may add much
(unneeded) complexity. Also, our simple LAMP application would then
require the usage of an external VCS.|
I fail to see how the usage of a PHP diff library is "reinventing" any
more than using an external VCS. We don't necessarily want to control
versions here -- we just want to cut on the storage size by saving
I may be missing something, though, or I may be misunderstanding how
you would implement/interface with a VCS from PHP. As for the editors,
let's keep that as a separate subject. The problem we want to solve
here is storage.
The two solutions Gabe has enumerated look OK to me, but I'd have to
try them out to be sure. One thing that concerns me, however, is the
need to re-play the entire transaction set if we want to see the latest
file. This is perhaps where Antoine's VCS idea comes in to play, since
this is what it is designed to do.
But I'll say this again: we should be looking at how MediaWiki is
doing this, since we are doing the exact same thing. I will enlist
the help of my co-webmaster Matt, since he knows MediaWiki code quite
On 03/16/2010 08:23 PM, Antoine Toulme wrote:
wouldn't you be better off with a VCS for that ?
I would recommend you also look at Bespin for an online editor
that could help.
An other alternative could be to use an editor like the one
github uses so that people can make small changes online.
I'm afraid otherwise you reinvent quite a few things to approach
the same result.
Now that's my 0.02 c, feel free to proceed with your plan,
On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 16:22, Gabe O'Brien <gabe.obrien@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On our last status call Kit asked me to look into possible solutions
to generating diffs for translations of documentation. The idea is we
could save the differences between translations as people work on a
file and only save one working copy of the most recent translated
document. The diffs would serve as an audit trail and allow for
recreating the translated document if needed.
I found two possible solution for creating diffs in PHP. It would be
great to get some feedback from Denis on which one would be better from
a server standpoint.
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