Learning Flex

I have implemented the majority of the edit grid functionality for gwt-yui-ext. I have a hit a snag though and keep meaning to get back to it.

For now, I have been working my way through Adobe Flex 2: Training from the Source. I’m about a quarter of the way through so far and reckon it will take me another two weeks to finish since I am only getting about an hour each evening to look at this.

The reason I started to look at Flex was because of my trial implementation of the Flex/GWT integration through FABridge. I figured I’d be better off knowing it well before I tried to skin some of the actionscript classes using GWT. Whether I’ll ever try this or not is debatable but in the meantime Flex has caught my interest. My only gripe so far is that FlexBuilder 2 is horrendously expensive! Particularly in the UK. I can’t afford it, so once the trial is up it’s back to the command line for me.

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  1. Robert Morton on March 9th, 2007 7:37 pm

    Hi Al, I’ve been following your work for a while and I’m very pleased with your progress! I’m curious to know what your goals are with the edit-grid, since there are a number of table/grid addons in the community with features such as:

    * draggable columns
    * sorttable columns
    * in-place editing
    * auto/async data-pull for scrolling/paginating through large datasets

    But I’m not entirely happy with any of those implementations and I’m looking into developing one of my own. My ideal solution would be very similar to the Google “issues tracking” interface, which is very customizable, with a few additions (example below):

    http://code.google.com/p/google-web-toolkit/issues/list

    Additions: in-place editing or click-to-edit popup dialog; live search/filter (i.e. no page reload) with various string matching formats such as exact match, partial match, simple boolean, and regex.

    What is your target feature set? Perhaps I can build with/upon your code to avoid producing yet another implementation with a partial feature set.

    Thanks!
    Robert

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