|Re: how to get started with Riena 3.0 [message #718720 is a reply to message #718513]
||Thu, 25 August 2011 07:06
| Christian Campo
Registered: July 2009
Am 24.08.11 17:07, schrieb Andrew:|
> hi christian,
> i have been searching a java desktop application framework, so that i can quickly build some applications upon it, as i
> do not want to do it from scratch and reinvent the wheel.
> for the application framework, my concerns are as follows
> 1.user-friendly interface
> it should NOT be hard to build a good looking app.it would be better if it can be done by xml configuration.
Riena is built for making user-friendly interfaces. Some aspects can be defined in the assembly which is an extension
point. So it is XML. However you still have to code stuff and Riena has a pretty fixed setup for what UI looks like. You
still can define colors and themes, logos and stuff, but i.e. the navigation is always on the left and the
subapplication switcher is on the top. If that fits with you, then good.
> 2.not steep learning curve
> the learning curve of that framework is not sharp.
Depends really on your background. Riena is built on RCP. So it requires that you already know Java, SWT, RCP you know
what the MVC pattern (Model View Controller pattern). All this is pretty standard and nothing Riena invented. Then you
be able to benefit from the additions that Riena put on top.
> my apps will involve many data-displaying tasks,that is, reading data from a backend database and then displaying them
> in a data grid or a chart, i hope there are some data grid componets out-of-the-box.
Riena has little to no own widgets. It uses widgets from SWT (i.e. the table) or from Nebula (the CompositeTable and
maybe soon the Grid) but it has no Grid widgets. You can certainly use these components in Riena and Riena has remote
services support so you can get data from the backend and easily display in a form that is in an RCP view. But you have
to write code for that.... :-)
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