GUIs - ruby on rails, rico
Joe Armstrong (AL/EAB)
Mon Sep 19 11:21:42 CEST 2005
It seems like my quest for a GUI is almost over.
Klacke had pointed me at XMLHTTP but I just didn't get it (dumbo) -
Then I hacked a bit and - WOW. Firstly XMLHTTP is nothing about XML - it's just allows
a light weight RPC to made from within a web page. So you connect a bit
do this you need to use the DOM - which is (uuugh) painful.
Fortunately there are libraries to do this - ruby on rails uses prototype.js to do this
http://prototype.conio.net/ And Tobbe has written a library (jungerl/lib/js) to take to prototype.js
Also of interest is rico http://openrico.org/rico/home.page (especially their innerHTML
demo) (see http://openrico.org/rico/demos.page?demo=ricoAjaxInnerHTML.html)
As far as I can see one could make a pretty snazzy GUI in a web brower with
- a local HTTP server (yaws)
- XMLHTTP and
- rico or prototype.js
Also in the pipeline is an HTML extension <canvas> which has made it to
safari and mozilla - this is looking good.
What would be even nicer would be a port of the konfabulator to linux
http://www.konfabulator.com/ - since this (I think) would solve all my GUI problems.
This technology is about to explode - so yaws should be well placed -
this means that servers are going to be handling a lot of lightweight RPCs
So go hack
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