[mythtv-users] Plugin Suggestion
Jay R. Ashworth
jra at baylink.com
Tue Jun 10 18:15:33 UTC 2008
On Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 04:57:02PM -0400, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> As someone who orders fairly frequently from both PH and PJ's online,
> I'm sympathetic to your cause, but I don't think it would work all that
> well in practice, for two reasons:
> 1) Doing that sort of thing reliably requires an API interface
> from the provider; if you don't have one, they're *guaranteed*
> to change the interface you're scraping to suit themselves,
> oftentimes fairly frequently.
> If you're hitting them from a centralized place, chasing after
> it is probably both practical and worthwhile. If a billion and
> 6 copies of a doenloaded plugin have to chase them... not so
> 2) Both providers tend to add fairly useful functionality to their
> Web UI's on a faily regular basis (and lately, neither of them
> has broken anything I like), so not only do you have to worry
> about chasing the base functionality, you either have to chase
> the extended functions as well, or deny them to your users.
And I apologize; I forgot #3, and it's the killer:
3) It is the general observed behavior of retail product providers
with online websites for sales that they want *all* the business, and
they therefore tend to look down on any standardized interfaces of the
types that would make this easier (since it makes it *easier* for
customers to split their business). The more suppliers and the smaller
they are, the more likely they are to buy it, but between PH and PJ...
Jay R. Ashworth Baylink jra at baylink.com
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