[Linux-aus] Re: OpenSkills MMS

Bruce Badger bbadger at openskills.com
Tue Apr 12 13:49:02 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-04-12 at 15:24 +1000, Stewart Smith wrote:

> Any thoughts on why you didn't either
> a) go for MemberDB
> b) go for a system derived off MemberDB

Here are some:

o The membership management very closely follows the membership
application, renewal and maintenance processes for OpenSkills.  I would
not expect the work flows in the MMS to apply to any other organisation.

o It's all written in Smalltalk, which I know very well.

o The design and large parts of the implementation were in place while
you were working on MemberDB.

In short - we have nothing against the MemberDB - honestly.

> c) would you be interested in MemberDB if it could hold GPG keys?

Not at this stage, no ... but neither would I recommend the OpenSkills
membership system to LA.

> d) what extra stuff is needed to make MemberDB usable for you guys?

Well, for a start, it would need to be able to run in the GemStone
OODBMS, and so would have to be written in Smalltalk.  The current MMS
runs in a stand-alone Smalltalk environment now, but I expect that we'll
move to GemStone as things have to be scaled up.

I hope that we have not caused offence with our choices.

All the best,
Make the most of your skills - with OpenSkills
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