The RISC OS File Repository opensBy Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Aug 2005, 20:16:04 | Permalink | Printable
Finding those hard to reach applicationsPress release
Wouldn't it be great if you were told when your favourite application has been updated? How about if you recall an old yet useful program that you once saw on a magazine cover disc? How would you find that?
Drobe webmaster Ian Hawkins has unveiled The RISC OS File Repository, an online software database for RISC OS software hosted on the drobe.co.uk server. The new website employs a custom web spider that crawls the 'net for new and old RISC OS applications, building up our database as it roams the web. Client software can connect to the File Repository to search for particular software and receive results in a simple to parse XML format.
This could allow users to automatically receive notifications of new and updated software, with a suitable client.
An RSS feed of recently found software is available. For software developers, documentation on how to connect to and use the File Repository is available. Application authors can also upload their software to be included in the database, and anyone can log in to help catagorize database entries. You can use your Drobe login details to access these features of the File Repository, although you do not need to log in to search the database.
Before overseeing the hosting and development of drobe.co.uk, Ian also administrated the popular AcornSearch website, which was later merged into the Drobe group. The RISC OS File Repository is based upon the AcornSearch system, which is billed as the most comprehensive search engine dedicated to the RISC OS platform.
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