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From "Valentin Valchev (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Updated: (FELIX-2185) easy plugin prototyping - tools for developers
Date Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:31:27 GMT

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Valentin Valchev updated FELIX-2185:
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    Attachment: build.xml

> easy plugin prototyping - tools for developers
> ----------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: FELIX-2185
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FELIX-2185
>             Project: Felix
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Web Console
>            Reporter: Valentin Valchev
>         Attachments: build.xml
>
>
> With the current web console, after being updated to JQuery + JQuery UI the plugin structure
becomes quite clear and simple:
> 1. There is a Servlet (AbstractWebConsolePlugin), which main role is to generate the
required data for the plugin, typically a JSON and execute actions.
> 2. Although the actual rendering is in the Servlet, it use a template file, that contains
the HTML markup
> 3. The main logic, that makes the interface interactive is JavaScript code, that uses
the JSON from the Servlet and modifies the HTML markup.
> This separation makes it quite easy to develop applications in a static way replacing
the upper components with:
> 1. a sample JSON data, statically generated
> 2. a HTML file that is equals to : header + template + footer
> 3. almost the same JavaScript code, that instead of using AJAX request to obtain the
data, uses the sample data in 1.
> I must say, that personally have developer several plugins exactly using static HTML
file. 
> Although easy it consumes time to create that empty HTML file and start developing the
plugin. It would be much easier, if we have an option to automatically generate a zip file
- containing the HTML updated with the latest header footer, the JavaScript libraries, included
by default (e.g. res/lib/) folder, common images and webconsole.css file.
> This task can be easily achieved with modern build tools. Because my minimal knowledge
of the Maven build system, I've implemented that task in a simple ANT build file, which must
be placed in the webconsole root folder. When ant is invoked with that file, it will generate
a file named 'static-test.zip' that contains a template, which is ready for modification and
includes up-to-date sources.

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