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From "Prasad Kashyap" <goyathlay.geron...@gmail.com>
Subject [DISCUSS/FEEDBACK] Usability improvements to Geronimo
Date Fri, 02 Nov 2007 15:37:30 GMT
As we get close to releasing Geronimo 2.1 and look beyond, I'd like to
discuss a few usability improvements we can do to G. I am
cross-posting this to the user-list so that we can get a direct
feedback from our dear users.

1. Dynamic status messages. Some operations may take a certain amount
of time which could make the administrator uneasy as he waits. On a
local machine, he has the luxury of tailing the geronimo.log or seeing
the startup terminal. On a remote machine, he is almost flying blind
in the absence of any dynamically updating status messages. It would
be nice if we had another portlet at the bottom that showed status of
the operation being performed. This is really useful for long running
operations.

2. Geronimo Workbench. With the addition of features like "Plan
Creator" and "Create Plugin", the Admin Console has slowly begun to
tread into the domain of tooling. Now we are introducing features for
monitoring the server. It's debatable whether such features should
even exist in the console. Purists might want the console to be solely
for configuration of the server. But given the fact, that they are
already there, we should consider creating tabs at the top or
sectional categories in the navigation menu. Since we have a
navigation tree which does not collapse, we have already crossed a
point where we have to scroll down to see all the links. This is a
usability no-no. It's time to transform the Console to a Workbench as
more Tooling and Monitoring features find their way in.

3. Plugin Creator Enhancements: Our current "plugin create" feature in
the console is limited to exporting an already deployed configuration.
It does not even include the geronimo-plugin.xml inside the exported
car. It would be nice to enhance this tool such that any plugin can be
created based on a set of already existing plugins as dependencies.
This should allow users to create simple plugins without having to
learn maven or the car-maven-plugin.

4. Enhanced logging framework which can specify logging filters at the
package level.

Please feel free to discuss the merits and demerits of these features
and/or add to the list.

Cheers
Prasad.

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