|WebDav in 10 minutes: HTTP gave you read, now DAV gives you write access
||25 Sep 04
The stated goal of the WebDAV (DAV) working group is (from the charter) to
"define the HTTP extensions necessary to enable distributed web
authoring tools to be broadly interoperable, while supporting user
needs", and in this respect DAV is completing the original vision of
the Web as a writeable, collaborative medium.
But, people working on DAV have had goals which extend beyond simple web
page authoring. Some view DAV as a network filesystem suitable for the
Internet, one that works on entire files at a time, with good performance
in high-latency environments. Others view DAV as a protocol for
manipulating the contents of a document management system via the Web. An
important goal of DAV is to support virtual enterprises, being the primary
protocol supporting a wide range of collaborative applications.
Importantly, a major goal is the support of remote software development
teams. A final goal of DAV is to leverage the success of HTTP in being a
standard access layer for a wide range of storage repositories — HTTP
gave them read access, while DAV gives them write access.
Well, the website clains WebDAV in 2 minutes .. I think 10-20 minutes is
more realistic :-). A good starter.
Apache2 already comes with mod_dav.