[Seaside] Pondering if Dojo javascript toolkit is more convenientthan Scriptaculous for Seaside solutions

Rick Flower rickf at ca-flower.com
Thu May 10 23:12:21 UTC 2007

Boris Popov wrote:
> I don't see any harm in using whatever JS toolkit that would make your
> life easier. Here, for instance, we use both Scriptaculous/Prototype and
> YUI extensively, even mixed together,
> (html anchor)
>  class: 'settings';
>  onClick: (html
>              yuipanel: editor
>              config: [:v | v close: true]);
>  with: 'Settings'
> where,
> yuipanel: component config: block
> (self updater)
>  evalScripts: true;
>  id: 'yuipaneltarget';
>  onFailure: ((SUStream new)
>                nextPutAll: 'displayGenericError();';
>                yourself);
>  callback: [:render | 
>     | dialog |
>     dialog := (Seaside.YUIPanel new)
>                 immediate: true;
>                 delegate: component;
>                 yourself.
>     block value: dialog.
>     dialog renderContentOn: render];
>  yourself
> So it's really up to you to decide what tool is right for the job.

When doing this sort of stuff (integrating a new js library w/ Seaside), 
is there any rhyme or reason as to whether certain functionality should 
be subclassed from WADecoration vs. WAComponent, etc and perhaps more 
specifically how detailed it's "api" should be and if I should try to 
use standardized keywords where possible?  I've taken Boris'
latest (but a bit dated at this point) version of SeasideYUI and updated 
the embedded js code for YUI, and added a first whack at yuimenu support 
which I've got subclassed from WADecoration.. However, I'm finding that 
the use of it is a bit verbose and it would be nicer to bury some of the 
details in some form of an object and perhaps have it emit some of the 
nested divs,etc.

I guess it might be nice to be able to do something like this -- in the 
case of a yuimenu:

renderContentOn: html
    html yuimenu id: #foo with: [
       html yuimenuitem id: #bar with: [
          html anchor callback: [ self blah ]; with: 'MyLink'

My initial code currently uses lots of nested divs, unordered lists, 
list items, etc.  Fairly verbose even for small menus.. Using something 
like above would really hide a bunch of the crap behind the scenes.. 
But, perhaps people want to see that stuff?  Anyway, just thought I'd ask..

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