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From Alex Karasulu <akaras...@apache.org>
Subject Re: [Studio] Eclipse RAP (Rich Ajax Platform) experimentations in a branch
Date Sat, 21 Aug 2010 12:45:21 GMT
On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 8:47 PM, Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot <pa@marcelot.net>wrote:

> Hi dev,
>
> Almost three years ago, I did an experimentation with Eclipse RAP (Rich
> Ajax Platform) and tried to convert Directory Studio plugins to be used
> within a RAP application.
> At this time, RAP was in its early years (months) and the extensive use the
> Eclipse framework APIs we were doing in Studio's plugins prevented me to
> successfully run it in RAP.
> Eventhough I managed to convert a large part Apache DS Configuration
> plugin. Screenshots available here [1].
>
>
> This week I spent around half a day trying to do the same with the latest
> version of RAP, and I have to say I'm pretty pleased about the result so
> far... :)
> RAP has evolved a lot in the last three years and a lot of
> Classes/Methods/Members are now supported in the RAP implementation (while
> they were not, three years ago).
>
> In approximatively two hours, and a large cut in Studio's code (more and
> more classes are being supported, but there are still some that are not yet
> available), I was able to make Studio run within a RAP application in a web
> browser !  [2]
> There still a lot of things broken, especially a nasty bug while trying to
> use UI thread to update widgets, but it works.
> You can create a new connection and browse the tree...
>
> I've created a SVN branch in order to share with you this experiment and,
> maybe, try to go forward... [3]
>
> If you want to test it, you need to have an Eclipse for RCP/RAP developers
> distribution, with RAP target platform enabled.
> I've not migrated all the project, but just the smallest set to get the
> LDAP Browser working.
> Here's the list of project you need to import:
> - common.core
> - common.ui
> - connection.core
> - connection.ui
> - ldapbrowser.common
> - ldapbrowser.core
> - ldapbrowser.ui
> - ldifeditor
> - ldifparser
> - org.antlr.antlr
> - org.apache.commons.codec
> - org.apache.commons.collections
> - org.apache.commons.io
> - org.apache.commons.lang
> - org.apache.commons.logging
> - org.apache.directory.shared.asn1
> - org.apache.directory.shared.dsmlparser
> - org.apache.directory.shared.ldap
> - org.apache.directory.shared.ldapconstants
> - org.apache.httpcomponents.httpclient
> - org.apache.httpcomponents.httpcore
> - org.apache.logging.log4j
> - org.apache.mina.core
> - org.bouncycastle.bcprovjdk15
> - org.dom4j.dom4j
> - org.slf4j.api
> - org.slf4j.log4j12
> - org.xpp3.xpp3
> - repository
> - valueeditors
>
> To launch Studio in RAP, you need to create a new "RAP Application" launch
> configuration.
>
>
> I'm very happy about the results I've got so far, and I'm pretty confident
> about the RAP project now.
> I really think a lot of things can now be implemented using RAP and our
> existing Eclipse plugins code base.
>
> Especially, I'm thinking about a webapp, embedded with ApacheDS (and
> launched in Jetty), in which the user could view/edit the configuration, or
> simply browse the server tree...
>
> New doors are now opened to make this project even better... :)
>
>
> Regards,
> Pierre-Arnaud
>
>
> [1] - http://people.apache.org/~pamarcelot/ApacheDSConfInRAP/
> [2] - http://people.apache.org/~pamarcelot/Studio_in_RAP/
> [3] -
> https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/directory/studio/branches/studio-rap/


This is incredible. The theory 3 years ago is finally becoming a reality.
Thanks for looking at this again and yes this opens up some very cool doors
for us.


-- 
Alex Karasulu
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