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Sunday, 18 May 2003

OS X FOAF app spec

I'll be spending the next few weeks hammering out the required specification for my FOAF dissertation. So far, the bare-bones features are:

  • Import/export FOAF, open over http, upload over ftp
  • Crawl and export friends network to SVG
  • vCard import

Suggestions for features are greatly appreciated in the comments, and I'll see what I can reasonably attempt during the time I have to develop the project. Anything left out will probably make it into a releases after the dissertation is finished.

Some things that I have looked into, e.g. Address Book integration, will have to go on the back burner for the while since there isn't a Cocoa/Java bridge for that yet, so while suggestions in similar veins are appreciated, that's a possible reason why I won't be able to accomplish them. Yet.

Thanks to everyone who's volunteered to act as testers.

5 comments and trackbacks

There is definitely an addressbook.app cocoa framework in Jaguar. It was one of the upgrades.

Posted by: Ben Hammersley on May 18, 2003 05:30 PM

Yeah, I researched the addressbook cocoa framework a while back: the framework is for Cocoa/Objective-C, and there isn't a Java framework for accessing the addressbook yet.

Unfortunately, I'm not comfortable with learning Objective-C in the time that I have for this project: this FOAF app will be a Java/Cocoa project.

Posted by: Dan Hon on May 19, 2003 12:58 AM

Sounds cool. I'd be happy to test, comment etc., especially now I have a macosx laptop :)

If you're doing this in Java, you might find Damian Steer's foaffinger (http://rdfweb.org/people/damian/foaffinger/) app of interest, uses Rendevous to find foaf info from other machines on local network.

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