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From markharw00d <>
Subject Re: "Advanced" query language
Date Sun, 04 Dec 2005 09:03:53 GMT
Paul Elschot wrote:

>Would it be possible to privide such a GUI automatically
>(by introspection) given a set of Query classes of which objects
>can be mixed to form a query?

Certainly possible - I've seen app servers with automatic GUI test 
clients which can introspect an EJB interface and let you construct 
instances of the data objects that need to be passed. As generic tools 
they can be clunky to use so it's definitely a developer-level tool, 
(Luke ?)  not an end-user level tool. I wonder if it's worth considering 
when developers have IDEs with decent autocomplete/integrated Javadoc 

If you were to provide an end user-friendly generic client I suspect 
you'd need metadata about not just the Query objects but also the 
documents in the index e.g to offer drop-down lists of values for 
certain fields in the GUI. Again, possible, but you'd have to ask 
yourself if it would just be simpler to code a custom GUI for your users 
in each case.

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