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From Tim Urberg <>
Subject Re: User Friendliness
Date Sun, 10 Aug 2003 02:28:53 GMT
Let me know how I can help with this...once again, the OpenEJB code base 
  already contains a web administration.

Tim Urberg

Richard Monson-Haefel wrote:
> Erin,
> I think your focus on User Friendliness is of critial importance. I also think
> that it should be at the top of our priorities, not something addressed later.
> This has been my experience with just about all applicaiton servers: they are
> just too complex. I hate the fact that I have spend hours learning how to run an
> App server before I can use it effectively.  The root of the problem is
> configuration.
> Here are some ideas for User Frindlenss
> 1. Configuration should be done by exception, rather than by feature. In other
> words, everything has an assumed value unless its explicitly configured.
> 2. Configuration files are terse to the extreem and are not hiarchial. Instead
> of using XML, use a english like syntax with very simple rules. For example, the
> following would set the timeout on a specific deployment.
> Set ApplicationA.ejb.Account timeout=3600
> Set ApplicationA.container.InstancePool max_count=150
> 3. Configuration files can be anywhere and can be split up in any way. This
> would allow people to centrailize configuration or otherwise use their own
> policies (e.g. one configuration file or J2EE application, or funtionality or
> something else). The fact that configuration options are flat (all a the same
> level) makes it easy to combine many configuration files into a whole.
> 4. Include a very simple admin cousole that anyone can figure out. What makes
> this possible is the fact that only exceptions are configured, so you don't have
> to go through and fill out a bunch of fields everytime you want to deploy an app
> or start the server.
> In my opinion Geronimo should have four axioms that drive every technical
> decision:
> - User Friendliness,
> - Conformance
> - Performance, and
>  -Plugability.
> These are all at the same level, with no one axiom being more important than the
> others.  Different groups might be responsible for ensuring that all components
> (parts of Geronimo) embrace all four axioms.  These would be gatekeepers to
> adding new functionality - I don't mean to create more red tap, but only to
> ensure that we stick to the axioms..
> Richard
> Erin Mulder wrote:
>>I'd like to see a subgroup dedicated to the overall user experience
>>and would be happy to help out in that area.
>>In particular:
>>0) A user web site that draws people in and makes it easy to get started
>>1) Friendly, comprehensive and -free- user documentation
>>2) Working examples of all J2EE and value-added features
>>3) An attractive web console that competes favorably with WebLogic/Websphere
>>4) Good command line tools for easy scripting
>>5) Lots of attention to the developer experience, e.g.:
>>        - up-to-date DTDs with useful comments
>>        - robust hot deploy
>>        - useful error messages
>>        - preservation of line numbering where possible for EJBs/JSPs
>>Erin Mulder
> --
> Richard Monson-Haefel
> Author of J2EE Web Services (Addison-Wesley 2003)
> Author of Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition  (O'Reilly 2001)
> Co-Author of Java Message Service (O'Reilly 2000)

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