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Few Protocol Requests [Jun. 10th, 2002|01:18 pm]
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I had some suggestions for Protocol used by the clients. I post it here, because it's a client related issue. If I'm posting to the wrong community, smack my wrist and send me in the right direction.

There are basically three modes I wanted to suggest on.
The first two are "getevents" and "getdaycounts".
Basically I just would like to see the "usejournal" option a bit differently. I think if you could just add multiple journals to one request it would be great. When people have 15 shared journals, the 15 different "getdaycounts" requests add up.

Also the "checkfriends" mode, I would like to see a value returned saying who updated their journal.

Well I know I know nothing about programming livejournal so I'm not even sure how feasible these things are. Also, I don't want to have people thing that I'm whining. I'm very happy with livejournal, these are just some requests.
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From: evan
2002-06-10 11:22 pm (UTC)
Why are you calling "getdaycounts" on 15 shared journals?
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[User Picture]From: thorshammer
2002-06-10 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not.
I was saying for me to implement History Editing for all of a user's journal entries in his or her shared journals as well as their regular journal. I would have to send "getdaycounts" X number of times where X is equal to the number of their shared journals + 1 for their own journal. At least that's how I would have to implement with the way the protocol is setup now, unless something is different than it's listed.

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[User Picture]From: moopet
2002-06-11 12:50 am (UTC)

more of the same

If we're going for suggestions, I for one think your should be able to read public journal events from anybody's journal without having to enter a username/password combination for them.
What if you want to populate your friends section of a client with the subject of their latest post and the date it was made? The only way to do that is by parsing the /rss output or, for more complicated info (like gathering their default picture) by parsing their userinfo page - which isn't a valid option for a releasable client since it's (a) slow and (b) forces everyone to upgrade/change their client if the format of the userinfo page changes.
Am I missing the point? The protocol method doesn't allow you to extract information that's available anonymously on the site... that can't be for security reasons, can it?
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