On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 5:24 PM Jon Paris <jon.paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Ranger did a fantastic job getting it running - but his coding style is "somewhat unique" and that makes it difficult for others to maintain/enhance it.

This is what everyone says. I certainly am getting a firsthand view of
what people mean.

I tied to make s few changes some years ago and spent so much more time scratching my head than coding that in the end I gave up.

I am not even going to attempt any changes to XMLSERVICE itself, but I
see the potential to make a friendlier Python wrapper than itoolkit. I
get the feeling that folks like Kevin Adler were (or maybe still are)
hoping that python-itoolkit itself could be improved, but it seems
more likely to me from my cursory forays into its code that I'll
probably write my own itoolkit helper or wrapper. Yes, it would add
yet another layer on top, but that's kind of how things go in the
Python world, and I suspect in other very-high-level language
communities like PHP, Ruby, and the like.

With any luck in the replacement we can dump (at least optionally) the XML aspect. It is overkill for the purpose and adds a level of complexity.

I certainly look forward to this, but what I'm mainly concerned with
right now is "end-programmer" friendliness.

John Y.

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