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Subject RE: Tomcat Admin Web Interface
Date Thu, 14 Jun 2001 22:12:46 GMT

It would be very good at this stage to go back 1 1/2 years in tomcat
archives and re-read the "admin" thread. It was a huge discussion, with
many ideas - but nothing happened. 

As usual, my opinion is that you should start with a prototype and/or
existing code - and figure out what is the best way to do it by trying
different aproaches. 


On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, Eric Anderson wrote:

> Count me in on working on an admin interface for Tomcat.  This along with a
> better install/connector config program would go a long way to improve the
> overall usability of Tomcat for me.
> Having had experience working on server product GUIs, the plan to decide
> what goes into the GUI before starting the project is definitely the best
> way to go.  Even though there is a considerable amount of planning and
> discussion that goes into the GUI requirements sheet, in the end it is
> easier to deny unreasonable requests like, "we have this new functionality
> two weeks before the release can you incorporate it into the admin
> interface?", or "I'd like the GUI to wash and wax my car."  A hard and fast
> list of GUI features for each release is essential to keeping the GUI
> project manageable
> My 2 cents.
> Eric
> On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, M B wrote:
> > Hello All,
> > 
> > In response to the recent postings regarding Tomcat
> > documentation and administration (Re: ~rant~ Docs,
> > user list, etc.), I am willing to contribute much
> > effort in this area.  In addition to documentation, I
> > am particularly interested in helping to build an
> > administrative web interface for Tomcat 4.0, something
> > similar to JRun Management Console, for example.
> > 
> That would be awesome!
> > Naturally, I want to coordinate my efforts with the
> > Tomcat community.  Can anyone please point out where I
> > should begin, or who I should contact?  Is there a
> > project for this?  The Catalina TODO identifies John
> > Shin as volunteer for producing an admin interface,
> > but I thought I should email this list before
> > contacting him directly.  
> > 
> He volunteered long, long, ago but I haven't heard anything from him
> lately.
> As it happens, I've been accumulating a list of functional requirements
> for admin capabilities that I'd like to post for discussion.  I'll be
> finished with what I'm thinking in the next couple of days.
> What I'd like to see us do on issues like this is to discuss and agree on
> a functional specs document that is checked in to the CVS repository, and
> then start working together on the pieces.  It's a little more formal than
> the usual :-) open source approach, but I think it will help in the long
> run.  Does that sound like a useful plan?
> > Thanks,
> > Matt
> > 
> Craig

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