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From Greg Brown <gkbr...@mac.com>
Subject Re: Evaluating Pivot
Date Tue, 23 Mar 2010 13:04:03 GMT
IMO, XML and JSON both have their places. But are you suggesting that an application generate
WTKX representing the application's UI and send that back to the client, much like HTML is
generated on the server today? If so, this is viable, but it may not be advisable in all cases
since it tightly couples the client and server. One of the main advantages to web services
(whether REST, SOAP, or otherwise) is that they allow the client and server to be loosely
coupled and can vary much more independently.

On Mar 23, 2010, at 8:55 AM, Robert Piotrowski wrote:

> Just my 2 cents, but if you bring back XML from a server that is already styled to match
the data structure of your component, it's just a matter of using the WTKX serializer to get
a handle on the data and dropping it onto your component.  It works great with tables, trees,
etc.  The data might be a little more verbose, but it really doesn't matter when we're running
decent desktops.
> To me, XML is much more readable and a better data exchange than JSON.  You can always
restyle another source so that it will become WTKX.
> Again, just my opinion.
> Bob
> On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 7:13 AM, Greg Brown <gkbrown@mac.com> wrote:
> This list is similar to what I would have suggested, though I might re-word #5 as "Take
advantage of data binding". Using JSON as a data transfer format helps facilitate this, though
there are other ways (you can also use data binding to bind to Java beans, for example).
> I might also re-word #7 as "Take advantage of web queries". They still offer a lot of
value to your app even if you don't control both client and server. If you do, then you can
also use QueryServlet on the back end as Todd mentioned.
> Finally, I would add the following:
> 8) Use Resources to manage the localizable aspects of your app. This suggestion isn't
necessarily unique to Pivot, but I find that it is generally easiest to design for localization
up front rather than trying to retrofit it later.
> G
> On Mar 23, 2010, at 7:58 AM, Todd Volkert wrote:
>> Hi Shahzad,
>> Pivot certainly meets all those key requirements.  There have been at least three
complex enterprise-level applications built using the Pivot platform (that I know of), though
as far as I know, none of them are open source.  However, their authors (one of them being
me) are all on this user list, so you'd presumably have the benefit of their experience.
>> As far as best practices go, that's somewhat specific to the requirements of the
application, but I can share some high-level insights that I've gained in writing my Pivot
>> 1) Separate your behaviors into Action classes that live in the global action map.
 This allows you to wire up the actions to your buttons and menu items easily in WTKX and
provides logical separation in code.
>> 2) Author your UI in WTKX.  Some people are against UI construction in XML, but I
find that it's a nice fit.
>> 3) Use the @WTKX annotation.  It helps remove boilerplate clutter from your code.
 Note, however, that this will require you to either (a) sign your JAR files, or (b) make
your @WTKX fields public.
>> 4) As of Pivot 1.5 (to be released in the next ~2 months), use the Bindable interface.
 I wrote my big Pivot apps against Pivot 1.4 (before Bindable existed), and I went with a
"manager" concept -- where each WTKX file had a corresponding manager class that populated
the UI with data and wired up event handlers.  That model worked fairly well, but from what
I hear, the Bindable interface is an alternative approach that yields even cleaner code. 
The gist is that you subclass the root component of your WTKX file and implement Bindable,
and that subclass performs the work that would have otherwise been done by the manager.
>> 5) Try to deal in raw JSON data (maps, lists, numbers, strings, etc.) only.  Avoid
having to load data from the server and then translate it into app-specific data model classes,
and instead, write custom renderers to render the raw data correctly into your buttons, tables,
lists, etc.  This allows you to use data binding to directly move the data from the server
to the UI.  As of Pivot 1.5, the new bind mapping facilities make this even easier (it is
possible in Pivot 1.4, but you have to jump through more hoops).
>> 6) To reiterate the last point, don't be afraid to write custom data renderers! 
They're not tough to write (you can typically subclass a component to get the desired behavior),
and they allow you to render data in any form straight to the UI.
>> 7) If you control both the client and the server, using QueryServlet as the server
endpoint provides nice parity with using web queries (GetQuery, PostQuery, etc.) on the client.
>> I'm sure there are more, but those are the ones that come to me right now :-)
>> Hope that helps,
>> -T
>> On Mon, Mar 22, 2010 at 8:15 PM, Shahzad Bhatti <sbhatti@peak6.com> wrote:
>> I am evaluating Apache Pivot as possible platform for building a trading application.
The key requirements for our application are snappy UI, support for multiple windows, charts,
real time updates to quotes and other financial data. I would like to know if there are any
complex applications that have been built with Apache Pivot especially any open source. I
am also interested in best practices behind this platform for building highly interactive
applications. Thanks in advance.
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