Joe Pluta wrote:

You don't have to do any of that with EGL. Creating web pages is drag and drop, data is automatically bound to the page, styles are set with point and click. AJAX is added with a properties page; you bind a button on a page to a function in the EGL with drag-and-drop.

I've made more than one web based app, all for internal use / proof of concept. Mix of technologies including 'Google & go' :-), WebFacing, Lansa, Obsydian, CGIDEV2 and home-grown RPG-CGI before CGIDEV2 was popular. I'm not proficient in any of them. I tried the Yahoo and Google toolkits. My apps always look bad and are never 'webby' enough until a GUI guy gets in there and does it right. Even my mashups look bad.

The RDSC page looks pretty nice.

What are the chances that a 30 year green screen RPG programmer (me) with a proven record of ugly web apps is going to use a drag & drop IDE to create a web app that looks and behaves like the RDSC page using a plain vanilla, factory-fresh RDi-SOA install? Remember, you told me over and over that I don't need to know Java or Javascript. I want to make a web page like that with just drag & drop -- no tweaking Javascript or Ajax or any of that.

I'm not a complete idiot (several important parts are still missing) - I can use the Gimp to make clothes for Second Life. They are (of course) ugly :-) I'm not very graphical I guess, and what I think is 'webby' tends not to be viewed that way by others.

I'm trying to ask this in the most light hearted way I can.
--buck

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