[dojo-contributors] dojo roadmap

Mike Wilcox mwilcox at sitepen.com
Thu May 7 20:58:56 EDT 2009

The IBM Team is doing their work on the DataChart, DataGrid, easier  
Dijit Syling, Themes, etc. This is a very positive thing that should  
be included in the roadmap.

What I'd like to see on the Roadmap:

Better Build Tools
Dustin I know is working on something that should help.
The AIR Toolbox Builder is a good start, but fell short of actually  
helping newbies. It would be awesome if updates for that could get  

Better CSS
The IBM team is working on making Dijits easier to style (I hope that  
Help is needed on what style sheets are to be included in a Dojo app.  
Even some CSS-specific help docs or something.
No more body class="tundra". Ugh. Why isn't that the default?

Dojo Core vs Dojo Base
Dojo Base should be "Dojo". Dojo Core should be... something else.  
Dojo Plus maybe. PlusD? Heh.

Dojox -> Plugins
I don't know what the status of breaking Dojox into a set of plugins  
is, but it's very important from a new dev perspective. This idea  
seems to be suffering from paralysis by analysis.

Unofficial plugins promoted
I think this helps JQ get buzz, because anyone can write a plugin.  
This is more marketing, but I figured while I was at it...

Dojo Data Refactor
The stores need to be reigned in; they're getting too idiosyncratic.  
Each of them uses a different API. It's murder switching between  
stores because you have to learn an entirely new query language (and  
they are not documented). Data Stores are really catching on and we  
need to make them easier to use.

Mike Wilcox
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On May 6, 2009, at 5:43 PM, sam foster wrote:

> seems like we need to shape up the road map for 1.4, 1.5, 2.0 and
> anything in between. From the #dojo-meeting, I heard the following
> thoughts:
> * (jamestag) core: better productivity in core, part of that relates
> to making sure we have a story or at least a doc mapping how base+core
> can be used like jquery. perf optimizations where they make sense. i
> wanted those things in 1.4/1.5, for 2.0 i want to take that time to
> trim things out of base that are not commonly needed, like the withDoc
> stuff, get rid of things i think are redundant. take the moment to
> break the api, but i think we can
> * (ttrenka) breaking DojoX away from the DTK release
> * (sfoster) I'd like to see dojoc grow into the community sandbox.
> The roadmap needs impetus, and an owner, and eventually consensus so
> we can all get behind it and push. This is critical for all the
> companies betting on dojo, and a good thing to have as guidance as we
> triage tickets, add features, and contemplate work on infrastructure,
> tools, and so on.
> What will the tagline be for 1.4? for 1.5? And what, apart from a
> general cleanout will 2.0 be all about in your mind? Please add your
> thoughts and any plans you have, or are aware of.
> Sam
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