Nope, I'm so lazy, I let the server do the typing ;-)


On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:36 PM, Kevin Turner
<kevin.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

So is the "lots of extra typing and chances for things to get out of sync
structurally" a symptom of the ExtJS approach, rather than model frameworks
in general?

-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Henrik Rützou
Sent: 12 January 2013 12:32
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Subject: Re: [WEB400] Single Page Web Web Apps

Kevin,



What I think Aaron means is that in EXT JS we have something called a Data
Store. A Data Store is an object that not only holds the data but also has
a lot of functionality like any other OO javascript object.



When you define a new Data Store you have to configure it with metadata
that describes the JSON object it receives.



In an EXTJS Grid you point the grid to a Data Store but you also have to
define your columns in the grid and in that process point to the Data
Stores description of the JSON object that is within the Data Store Object.



So what you do is (very simplified) …



myDataStore = new ExtDataStore(ServerResource,JSONMetaData);

myGrid = new ExtGrid(JSONGridColumnDescription,myDataStore);

show(myGrid);



You have now coupled the Grid to the Data Store and thereby to the
ServerResource so anything you do in the Grid will automatically be coupled
to the Data Store that then communicates with the server without you need
to do anything.



Let’s try to define the special elements in the above code:



ServerResource = URL to the REST/CRUD service on the server

JSONMetadata = a JSON metadata definition of the data that is communicated
between the server and the Data Store

JSONGridColumnDescription = a JSON metadata definition that describes the
columns in the grid (header, width, type etc.)



Now let’s try to make the above code into generic code:



First we don’t describe the metadata in the Data Store in the javascript
code. In order to do so, we let the server describe the data it sends. So
the server sends a JSON object with a Metadata section and a Data (row)
section.



We also let the server send the URL to the Server Resource in a
configuration object when it launches the initial code:



myDataStore = new ExtDataStore(Config(‘serverResource’,’URLerror’));



function Config(property,pdefault) {

switch (property) {

case
'serverResource' : return '/pextcgi/pxsvpxwa.pgm';

default : return
pdefault;

}

}



We also let the server send a grid column description in an OO Javacript
object that returns the JSON Grid Column description with a fixed function
name, let’s call it “ServerGenGridDesc”



Now we can launch the grid with the following generic code:



myDataStore = new ExtDataStore(Config(‘serverResource’,’URLerror’));

myGrid = new ExtGrid(ServerGenGridDesc(),myDataStore);

show(myGrid);



// generated by server at launch

function Config(property,pdefault) {

switch (property) {

case
'serverResource' : return '/pextcgi/pxsvpxwa.pgm';

default : return
pdefault;

}

}



function ServerGenGridDesc() {

return ([

// work around
error in Crome 16+17+??? with LockingGridView

{


"header":""


,"width":1


,"hidden":false


,"locked":true


,"dataIndex":"*NONE*"

}

,

{header :
"Web User Id."

,locked :
true

,width : 195

,dataIndex :
"WAWUSR"

,align :
"left"

,sortable :
true

}

,

{header :
"Web User Name"

,locked :
true

,width : 325

,dataIndex :
"WAWUNA"

,align :
"left"

,sortable :
true

}

,

{header :
"Language Code"

,width : 84

,dataIndex :
"WALNGC"

,align :
"left"

,sortable :
true

}

,

{header :
"Mail Address"

,width : 500

,dataIndex :
"WAMAIL"

,align :
"left"

,sortable :
true

}

,

{header :
"Web User Class"

,width : 91

,dataIndex :
"WAWUSC"

,align :
"left"

,sortable :
true

}

,

{header :
"Web User No."

,width : 80

,dataIndex :
"WAWUSN"

,align :
"right"

,sortable :
true

,renderer :
function(v)


{return Ext.util.Format.formatNumber(v,{


decimalSeparator : "."


,decimalPrecision : 0


,groupingSeparator : ","


,groupingSize : 3


,currencySymbol : ""


})}

}

]);

}

By doing the above we can now put the javascript code – the controller in
a generic javascript file and just refer to it in the page and we have also
separated the Model (that runs on the server), The View and the Controller
that runs in the Client:



<!-- Ext JS MVC controller
-->

<script
src="/powerEXT/pxStandardGridForm.js"></script>



This is of course not the PUSH technology (which should be the only reason
for switching to websockets) but it is both SOA and extreme MVC since I
have lifted EXT JS from predefined configurable UI components to predefined
configurable Function components.


On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM, Kevin Turner <
kevin.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
wrote:

I must be being stupid, because your point is still completely lost on
me.
I don't know how one would talk about ExtJS (which is a feature rich
UI library with model based functionality built in) in the same
context as dedicated MVC-type frameworks with a tiny footprint (like
ember.js, backbone.js and knockout.js).

Either you are using an MVC framework or you aren't - but if you are,
I still don't understand where the "lots of extra typing and chances
for things to get out of sync structurally" comes into play?

That said - the point is moot I guess. It is proving very useful and
efficient for us to use something that allows updates to a model to be
automatically reflected in the UI (and vice versa) without bloating
the JavaScript with bespoke code per function. Not everyone will see
this as a good thing for their own solutions.

-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Aaron Bartell
Sent: 11 January 2013 20:46
To: Web Enabling the IBM i (AS/400 and iSeries)
Subject: Re: [WEB400] Single Page Web Web Apps

ExtJS. Basically I won't want to have to redefine my columns to any
extent in json stores except for mapping them to a column.


Aaron Bartell
www.MowYourLawn.com/blog
www.OpenRPGUI.com
www.SoftwareSavesLives.com


On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 2:38 PM, Kevin Turner
<kevin.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

I don't think I quite follow you Aaron. Under what circumstances do
you have to keep recreating model structures? Perhaps more to the
point, which model framework has caused you to do so?

On 11 Jan 2013, at 19:32, "Aaron Bartell"
<aaronbartell@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

The thing I don't like about some of the Javascript "model"
frameworks is that it isn't reflective in nature and instead I
have to recreate my
model
structure within Javascript (i.e. lots of extra typing and chances
for things to get out of sync structurally).

Aaron Bartell
www.MowYourLawn.com/blog
www.OpenRPGUI.com
www.SoftwareSavesLives.com


On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Kevin Turner
<kevin.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

Ajax = XHR = xmlhttprequest

To be honest I would be surprised to see any app these days that
don't
use
it,

Knockout looks similar to ember by the looks of it.

On 11 Jan 2013, at 17:56, "Vernon Hamberg"
<vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

This can be done nicely with Ajax - a former colleague does it
all the time, as I recall.

On 1/11/2013 11:52 AM, Bradley Stone wrote:
Sounds like another case of complicating something to make it
easier.
:)

Brad
www.bvstools.com


On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM, Kevin Turner
<kevin.turner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

If you mean a web app that only has one initial page, then
just
replaces
the "viewport" area of the page as the user navigates around
(using
xhr or
websockets) then yes, Renaissance works that way. If you
don't mean
that,
then I don't know what you mean (until I read up on something
like
knockout
of course).

Renaissance 6.0 makes use of requirejs (http://requirejs.org/)
and
ember (
http://emberjs.com/)


-----Original Message-----
From: web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:
web400-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx]
On
Behalf Of Richard Schoen
Sent: 11 January 2013 13:45
To: web400@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [WEB400] Single Page Web Web Apps

Has anyone adopted this style of developing tight web apps ?

Seems like there is a new js framework called knockout that
can be
used
for this.

jQueryMobile supports something similar.

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