[Cosmo-dev] Dashboard Plumbing Stuff

Travis Vachon travis at osafoundation.org
Mon Feb 26 10:15:48 PST 2007

Hi folks,

Expanding a little  on Bobby's email, a slightly more specific high  
level proposal for the Dashboard plumbing work can be found here:


Actual detailed proposals should be ready by tomorrow or Wednesday, I  


On Feb 20, 2007, at 6:30 PM, Bobby Rullo wrote:

> Hi all,
> For the Dashboard functionality to work it has been determined that  
> there has to be some amount of reworking of the "plumbing" side of  
> things on the client side. In this context plumbing means stuff  
> like the data model, client/server communication, and application  
> level event handling.
> The reasons that dashboard functionality needs this reworking include:
> 	* New types of items need to be handled in Cosmo UI
> 	* New views will be displaying items, sometimes concurrently with  
> other views. Each view needs to know when updates have been made to  
> an Item.
> We could plug along and just add a new data type, and have the  
> views update all the other views when data gets changed, but as the  
> scope of Cosmo UI gets more ambitious some of the techniques we've  
> been using in this area might not scale up in terms of developer  
> time and maintainability.
> Yes, it's all very vague right now, but Travis and I  are working  
> on proposals right for supporting dashboard functionality which  
> include:
> 	* support for stamping
> 	* application level events (using dojo Topics) for notifications  
> on CUD (creates, updates and deletes) and other high level events  
> (item selected, date range changed, etc.
> 	* Changes to the service layer to handle errors more consistently  
> (and easily) and provide a more consistent facade to the server  
> than you get when calling service methods directly.
> The goal is not to over-engineer here - quite the opposite. We are  
> trying to be as conservative as possible and only do what is  
> necessary for preview and to be a lean mean JavaScript machine.
> Stay tuned (this week hopefully) for some proposals in these areas.
> Bobby
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