Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Sakai AppBuilder 0.7 and update site

Version 0.7 of the Sakai AppBuilder is finally to a point where I am ready to inflict it on other people. It took awhile to get the Velocity templates to a point where I was happy with them. More info about the plugin itself and installing it is available on the website.

I am also excited to say that we now have an "official" eclipse update site that is part of the Sakai project (plus the update site should be working again, we broke it with version 0.6). Here is the link to put in eclipse for the update site (installation instructions at the link above):

Hope this is helpful for everyone who uses it and please send me feedback about it so I can improve it.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Sakai App Builder 0.5 released

The very beta first release of the Sakai App Builder plugin for Eclipse 3.2 is now available for developers to try out. Here is the blurb from the page linked above:
The Sakai AppBuilder is a RAD tool that allows you to quickly create Sakai webapp projects in the Eclipse SDK that will work in the Sakai framework. Use these as a basis for the projects that you want to make without all the busy work of creating the structures and adding in all the dependencies. You can choose various UI layer options and implementation types to get you started quickly. This will not write your entire app for your, but it should help you get started quickly.
This was alpha tested on the folks who attended the Tetra ELF cafe workshop in Oxford, England the last week of September (and they were quite good sports about it).

Monday, September 25, 2006

Generic DAO version 0.7

I will be demoing the initial release of my Generic Dao package at the Tetra ELF Cafe Workshop in Oxford, England this week. This package allows a developer who is using Spring and Hibernate to avoid the tedium of writing DAOs. It is very compact and has extensive javadocs. More information is available at the VT confluence site here:

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Cafe 2.2.x distro created

I created a 2.2.x distibution of the sakai-cafe that is specifically for version 2.2.x of the Sakai code base today. This is because the current 2.3 trunk code breaks the cafe distribution and I don't have a good way to fix it for now without making the cafe distribution huge and bloated.
I have been meaning to do this for awhile anyway so that developers have a way to do their development work on a specific version of Sakai (probably the one they are running on their campus).

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Upcoming Tetra ELF Cafe

There will be a Sakai Cafe (bootcamp) at the Tetra conference at Oxford, England from September 27-28. The training will be on writing Sakai tools and best practices. Antranig Basman and Ian Boston will be present. It should be a good time and there will be a lots of new materials in the cafe as a result. Writing Sakai apps should become a lot easier soon if we can get everything to line up.