[dojo-contributors] Dojo Web Builder

Alex Russell slightlyoff at google.com
Thu Oct 28 11:54:07 EDT 2010

Nicely done!

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 3:31 AM, James Thomas <jthomas.uk at gmail.com> wrote:
> I previewed the "Dojo Web Builder" tool I've been working on at Dojo
> Developer Day last week. The high level goal for the project is to
> lower the learning curve for the build system, achieved by providing a
> simple web UI that allows users to graphically create layers, selected
> modules and generate a build. In addition, the tool can automatically
> generate builds using a HTML page or custom web application archive.
> The project has a web UI, Dojo, backed by a RESTful interface to the
> existing build system, JAX-RS/Java/Rhino.
> For those that weren't able to attend and anyone who wants to play,
> I've hosted the last release at the following location:
> http://jthomas.vm.bytemark.co.uk:8080/DojoBuilder/
> The initial design document is available at
> http://ietherpad.com/UuNJ5qHybi and is still roughly true to the
> actual implementation.
> Based upon feedback from DDD, there are a number of additional
> features people would like to see:
> - Additional "Simple" UI Mode. Have a very simple mode providing just
> a text area, a build button and hiding all the options. Users can
> simply paste in some text, HTML, JS and generate a build with any
> modules contained, using default options. This would allow complete
> novice users from other toolkits to use the tool without having to
> think. (@rmurphy & Chris Mitchell)
> - Analyse URLs. In the same way a user can upload a HTML file to be
> analysed, allow them to specify a URL. Populate the build layers with
> any standard DTK modules discovered. (@cb1kenobi)
> - CommonJS Packages. Allow the build tool to handle CommonJS Packages,
> referenced remotely through a URL or uploaded.
> - Dependency Resolution. The tool should be able to automatically
> discover all dependencies for any selected modules, including those
> not already present.
> I'd really appreciate any feedback, suggestions, criticism, especially
> from a usability/user experience point of view.
> Regards,
> James
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