I think you're missing the point Nathan. Browsers was just something that Dieter mentioned - not that relevant to the thread as a whole.

But just to give you something to think about ... when you are using OA you are not stuck with a "write-read paradigm" and therefore not as constrained as you may think.

Jon Paris


On Jan 16, 2019, at 6:00 PM, Nathan Andelin <nandelin@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 2:36 PM Jon Paris <jon.paris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Can you name one widely available web interface for RPG that does not
require a call for each field?

I wrote a couple "web" procedures, one that effectively mirrors a "write"
opcode, and another that mirrors a "read" opcode. But I never got around to
using them in "production" applications, because of the overhead required
to make them generic for any record format, which was passed as a parameter.

A more fundamental concern is whether it even makes sense at all to force a
write-read paradigm on a browser user interface? I personally don't think
it makes sense, notwithstanding the prominent vendors who push that
paradigm on RPG developers.

I would counter that you can create better, more functional user
interfaces, when you divorce yourself from a write-read paradigm. Instead,
create web applications that simply respond to asynchronous requests from
browsers, which are often triggered by key-press and mouse "events". The
write-read paradigm forces too many constraints on a browser user interface.
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