Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

A few years ago I buit a personal file storage server [0] that was interoperable with OwnCloud and sync based on WebDAV. Over a decade ago I worked on a site builder that used WebDAV under the hood. What I found was that WebDAV is mostly fine if you control both client and server, but then there's less point in using WebDAV. But the allure has always been there: let your users mount your app as a filesystem and update your app's content locally using their own tools, with syncing for free.

In practice, the syncing was never reliable enough for most users, and different clients implement the standard differently. My hope was that it would eventually converge on something interoperable like CSS did, but I don't think there's enough usage for that to happen. And things are moving away from filesystem paradigms anyway (iOS, etc) so WebDAV is slowly becoming even less relevant.

0. https://github.com/mnutt/davros




In practice, the syncing was never reliable enough for most users

I wonder if that's why iDisk went away. Wasn't it based on WebDAV?


Yes iDisk was WebDAV.


I used it for an Adobe Acrobat project years ago. Acrobat Pro let you store comments via WebDAV in a way that you could collaborate on a single PDF and see all comments from all users.

But, you needed to set everything else up on your own. I built a system that filled in the gaps that was used to proof corporate documentation and clinical drug trial materials.

Worked great for years.


More or less proving your point, the ownCloud client changed it's requirements, and Davros hasn't worked with it in a while. :(




Guidelines | FAQ | Lists | API | Security | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact

Search: