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From Diana Shannon <terrac...@mac.com>
Subject Re: [RT] Forms and wizards (was: RE: HEADS UP - cocoon form handling (long!!))
Date Mon, 15 Apr 2002 11:35:01 GMT
Ovidiu Predescu wrote:

> Also I think it's a
> lot easier for new users to come up to speed on such an approach,
> compared to the similar sitemap-based implementation.

I think this is a crucial point. At first, I was too invested in my 
"sitemap on steroids" to begin to appreciate the freedom and elegance of 
Ovidiu's flow map. Try to think back what it might be like if you were 
learning Cocoon for the first time. When you hold up many of the 
informative examples (on this list to date) of the two approaches, 
Schecoon would be so much more compelling for a newbie, at least in my 
opinion. (And, I don't think the fact it requires Javascript is a 
hurdle, given the likelihood of most people's prior experience on the 
client-side.) In my early experiences with the sitemap, I really 
resented having to sift around code to understand/remember how this or 
that compiled action worked -- even if I had programmed it myself. I had 
to build lots of pipelines before I could abstract the problem down to 
the correct and elegant few that I actually needed. It took me a week to 
get my wizard working satisfactorily (ok, I may be a slow learner, but 
this was before the public efforts of others on this list). With the 
flow map, prototyping/experimenting is a delight. I just feel I spend 
more time on the problem I'm trying to solve, not the implementation. 
Now that I've played with Schecoon, returning to a sitemap-only approach 
feels, well, burdensome.

Diana


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