[Lazarus] Building help files: the nitty-gritty

Mark Morgan Lloyd markMLl.lazarus at telemetry.co.uk
Mon Jul 23 15:23:49 CEST 2012

Reinier Olislagers wrote:

> I /hope/ to be able to
>> get the docs into a database (PostgreSQL handles binaries fairly well,
>> which would simplify some of the replication/dissemination issues) even
>> if they were saved as files local to each HTTP daemon.
> Sounds like a large system?
> You'd be having multiple HTTP servers that serve up PDFs coming from the
> db? And viewing those with a web browser?
> That does confuse me: what do you use the "specialist Lazarus app" for
> you talked about earlier?

I'd rather not discuss the problem domains at the moment, but yes: a big 
system with a tree of database servers (PostgreSQL, with the option of 
Firebird at the leaves). I'm hoping to be able to use the same (or at 
least a very similar) app both at each analyst's client computer and to 
aggregate state at each node in the tree.

I'm hoping to be able to say more at some point, because apart from 
anything else making it open (or at least free-distribution) and 
applicable to some juicy problems would be the best way of testing that 
it scales.

>>> For Dutch speaking readers: yes, the project name is intentional ;)
>> I'm afraid I don't speak Dutch, although my mother used to quote "Bûter,
>> brea, en griene tsiis" out of context every few months. But I like the
>> palindrome :-)
> Butter, bread and green cheese in Frisian? (Note: as the Frisians will
> insist on telling you, different language from Dutch... only reason I
> seem to understand the words is context and because it's close to both
> English and Dutch ;)

She always used to use it to demonstrate the similarity between English 
and Friesian, but my more recent understanding is that it was also used 
as a shibboleth that only Friesians could pronounce properly. But she 
was Welsh, so you have to make allowances :-)

Mark Morgan Lloyd
markMLl .AT. telemetry.co .DOT. uk

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