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by jcbollinger
Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Scope of the API - features
Replies: 14
Views: 16086

Re: Scope of the API - features

jcbollinger wrote:Are there any objections?

I take most of a week of silence as the absence of objections. I will shortly open one or more new topics dedicated to requirements for the "core" features, and to the extent we can reasonably do so, we will defer discussion of validation details.
by jcbollinger
Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Scope of the API - features
Replies: 14
Views: 16086

Re: Scope of the API - features

That's a fair consideration, but I think it impacts the API implementation more than the design. I realized immediately after I wrote that that there are two separate questions here: ⋅ I offered the possibility that perhaps validation could be addressed via a companion API, which clearly ...
by jcbollinger
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Scope of the API - features
Replies: 14
Views: 16086

Re: Scope of the API - features

Validation is difficult to add later if it has not been provided for in the initial design. If the concern is efficiency, I would suggest designing on the basis of a validating parser and then providing the option of a bypass of the validation for efficiency. That's a fair consideration, but I thin...
by jcbollinger
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Scope of the API - language support
Replies: 3
Views: 6898

Scope of the API - language support

It is perhaps a question better considered later, but we will eventually need to decide on the native language(s) for the API. Having done that, we will have the option of defining bindings to the API for use from other languages. For example, my initial, weak inclination is to target a native C99 A...
by jcbollinger
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Scope of the API - CIF coverage
Replies: 1
Views: 4438

Scope of the API - CIF coverage

Another important scope question is which versions of CIF it will cover. As a practical matter, I think it must support CIF 1.1. Surely it must eventually support CIF 2.0 as well, but should we target that for the the initial version? And to what extent, if any, must the API support documented CIF f...
by jcbollinger
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:24 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Scope of the API - features
Replies: 14
Views: 16086

Scope of the API - features

The first question that occurred to me when I was presented with the idea of a standard CIF API was that of scope. What actions and data structures, generally speaking, will the API provide to clients? Here are some of the things that it might provide: ⋅ Data structures representing CIFs a...
by jcbollinger
Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:03 pm
Forum: CIF Application Programming Interface
Topic: Welcome to the CIF API forum
Replies: 1
Views: 5826

Re: Welcome to the CIF API forum

I add my welcome to James's as we open what I trust will be a vigorous, stimulating, and (history suggests) at times contentious discussion.