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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [Proposal] Implementing XMLForm with Flow
Date Thu, 05 Dec 2002 07:46:46 GMT
Ivelin Ivanov wrote:
> I hope you are the last hero trying to confront this monster.
> The discussion how to combine the two has been going on forever, but we have
> not come to an agreement.
> I would gladly offer my tactical guidance for your effort.
> The biggest issue that I had so far with the flow is how to implement in an
> elegant way, navigation logic which depends on domain knowledge.
> For example how to do a wizard where the next page (Car Models) depends on a
> selection on the previous (Brand Name) as well as a lookup to an external
> resource (BMW's Web Service providing a list of current car models or a db
> query).
> If I was to do this with Actions, I could use well known and standardized
> Java APIs - JWSP or JDBC.
> Maybe my issue is that I used the Struts model for too long and I can't get
> out of the box.

Have you tried to use a relational->object mapping tool (say Jakarta 
OJB) and connect those objects from the flowscript?

That's how I would do it on paper but I never tried it. It might be 
interesting to see others trying.

Stefano Mazzocchi                               <>

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