[Fwd: Tosca widgets, only half the battle]

Luke Macken lmacken at redhat.com
Wed May 14 16:41:43 UTC 2008

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 11:03:38AM -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
> > Forwarding to fedora-infrastructure-list soit canget more exposure and
> > discussion.
> >
> > -------- Original Message --------
> > Subject: Tosca widgets, only half the battle
> > Date: Sun, 11 May 2008 12:27:36 -0400
> > From: John (J5) Palmieri <johnp at redhat.com>
> > To: Toshio Kuratomi <a.badger at gmail.com>
> > CC: tcallawa at redhat.com, lmacken at redhat.com, mmcgrath at redhat.com
> >
> > After hacking away at MyFedora and producing a lot of ugly code in the
> > process I finally sat down the last two weeks to organize everything
> > into a framework make it much more extensible and have patterns for
> > people to easily create content.  Most of the technologies are
> > solidifying into my head and I have been working on hashing out an API
> > design behind the user interaction design I had started with.  The issue
> > I am running into now is the fact that Turbo Gears and related
> > technology come from a monolithic design and adhere too stringently to
> > the Model/View/Controller design pattern.  This is really an issue when
> > your models, views and controllers can come from different applications
> > or even different servers.  MyFedora is of course a mashup of different
> > tools and does not fit the, I'm grabbing data from a single database and
> > displaying it via a self contained template, mold.  What I need is a
> > complete plugin system where a person can write their own self contained
> > controllers, templates and static files which then drop in and are
> > loaded on the fly, while integrating with the global project.
> >
> Do we want the myfedora app to be coded in such a way that it works with
> lots of technologies?  or do we want to define a standard that the
> technologies can implement to make it work with myfedora?

I'd like to see us re-use and be compatible with as many existing
technologies and standards as possible.  I don't necessarily see any
value in re-inventing our own.  That is, unless we have a sound reason


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