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I am very interested in using your excellent product within our IT department.

However, there are a number of application integration issues I'm hoping you can help me with.

1. Authentication

JForum would be operating alongside a number of other applications. These other applications share a common user ID/password based authentication facility (JAAS based). For example, if the user starts the day by accessing application A then they would be presented with a login screen. If later the user switches to application B then this second application would auto detect that the user was already logged inand not present a login screen. Can JForum support a similar scheme? How abstract is the authentication process? Could I quickly adapt it to suit our purposes?

2. Users/groups

Again we have our own identify management system that maintains lists of users and groups. How easy would it be for me to adapt JForum to access our identity system for users and groups?

3. Other applications creating new message threads

Does JForum have a service API tier? We're looking to allow another application to create a new message thread via an API call.

As part of this new message thread requirement, does the message thread entity have a spare string property where I could store a value? This would act like a foriegn key that he external application could use to find the message thread.


4. search API

Does JForum have a service API for searching all messages?


5. start JForum at designated thread/message

Can I launch JForum so that it shows a specific thread message at start up?


4. Notifying when topics change

Are there any notification facilities so that another application can be advised when a change (add/update/delete) occurs in a designated message thread?

Thanks,

.... davout

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hhmm..well..

The least hard is the authentication (but still hard). I can't say I have anything working well for it because I don't . JForum does not have a defined external API yet, although it is a need since some time.
As I think that using your own user and group management woulnd't be that "hard", the permission control for the forum stuff should be made using jforum's code, otherwise a major refactoring will be needed.

Sincerely, to have these 4 points done, a lot of work in customization is needed.

Rafael
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Nice forum...


In response the the davout, another alternative would be MVNForum (www.mvnforum.com), but you might not find it well documented but it does what you want...


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Would it be an option for me to join your developer group to facilitate these changes??




Rafael Steil wrote:hhmm..well..

The least hard is the authentication (but still hard). I can't say I have anything working well for it because I don't . JForum does not have a defined external API yet, although it is a need since some time.
As I think that using your own user and group management woulnd't be that "hard", the permission control for the forum stuff should be made using jforum's code, otherwise a major refactoring will be needed.

Sincerely, to have these 4 points done, a lot of work in customization is needed.

Rafael


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Anonymous wrote:Would it be an option for me to join your developer group to facilitate these changes??



Absolutetly, it would be really nice. However, major changes like these I prefer to get the patches before they are commited to the cvs, to analise the architectural changes ( of course this should be discussed when developing ).

Rafael
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