best downloading architecture - vote 1, 2, 3 or 4

Josh Mellicker josh at
Wed Dec 6 03:28:39 EST 2006

Oops, I probably forgot to mention the app is delivered by download :-)

So yes, the application will be installed with everything it needs to  
run, but it needs to download the stuff first.

And with QT movies and separate files, I have a list of stuff to  
download, just trying to figure out the best way to structure it.

Speaking of downloads, I probably posted this before, but I would  
like to offer a generous bounty for anyone who would like to either:

1. write a bittorrent client in Rev (or Rev external)

2. write or alter (license permitting) a "faceless" bittorrent client  
(in whatever language) that announces download status either in a  
text file or sockets

On Dec 5, 2006, at 10:25 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:

> Josh Mellicker asked:
>> What is your vote?
>> 1
>> 2
>> 3
>> 4
>> 5. none of the above
> 6: The application is installed with everything it needs to run.  
> Updates can come in over the wire later, but once the installer has  
> run it's ready to go, right then and there.  You'd be surprised how  
> many folks download installers and run them later, and later might  
> be on a train or a plane or a spaceship to Mars.  Why punish the  
> affluent traveling customer when you could be catering to that  
> desirable demographic instead, for the low cost of a convenient  
> experience for everyone else.
> When updates are checked, all user interface elements are able to  
> be updated.  The splash screen is a user interface element, and as  
> subject to change as anything else, so the only thing in the  
> standalone is an error dialog which no one should ever see unless  
> Something Very Bad happens during install, in which case the user  
> won't be able to see anything other than the first card of the  
> mainstack anyway -- might as well make it count.  If boot goes well  
> I can hide that and move on to load the rest of the components.  No  
> UI in the standalone means all UI can be updated.
> I guess if this needs a name we could call it "Complete Install  
> with Anchor Stack".
> I'm sure there's a 7, 8, 43, 1544, and more, but #6 is just what I do.
> -- 
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>  Fourth World Media Corporation
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