[Dojo-interest] Marshalling support

Tom Trenka ttrenka at gmail.com
Fri May 13 22:11:32 PDT 2005


Actually, let me amend that as well...I don't think the main point of
Dojo is to be a framework as much as it is a loosely-bound library
with which to build applications.

On 5/14/05, Tom Trenka <ttrenka at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I don't quite understand the pure client-side emphasis that you seem
> > to be implying.  The main point of Dojo is an *application* framework,
> > not just a widget collection or similar loose bag of tricks.  Web
> > applications of any serious scale will need to communicate
> > non-trivially with the backend to be useful.  Demonstrating various
> > common client-server patterns implemented btw Dojo and the common
> > webapp server technologies seems like a no-brainer for Dojo
> > evangelism.
> 
> It most certainly is.  But the server tech apis should not be a core
> part of Dojo--it should be add-ons or implementations working with
> Dojo.  That's what I meant by it.  There's nothing worse than to take
> a kit that it intended for a specific purpose (in this case, a
> client-side library) and (unintentionally perhaps) force a particular
> server platform to go with it.  The whole point of SOAP, XML-RPC and
> something like JSON is to provide a platform-agnostic way of passing
> structures back and forth.  In my mind at least, Dojo (and any other
> successful js api, btw) should remain completely self-sufficient and
> not rely on any specific server technologies.
> 
> That being said, I don't see anything at all wrong with creating
> add-ons that are not a part of the Dojo core distribution.  Including
> Flickr and perhaps a Google Map API :)
>


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