[Seaside] [Ann] Helpers Framework in Jetsam

Philippe Marschall philippe.marschall at gmail.com
Sun Oct 28 15:19:26 UTC 2007

2007/10/27, Keith Hodges <keith_hodges at yahoo.co.uk>:
> Dear All,
> The idea of "helpers" is to add plug-in functionality to Seaside in a way which is orthogonal to the conventional (and somewhat overloaded) means of extension via subclassing WASession et al to provide specialized facilities.
> Helpers are provided in the same manner as other Plug-Ins in Seaside, by providing subclasses of WAHelper and WASessionHelper. Helpers may simply be "enabled" in the configuration interface for each application.
> I have been using helpers for a while in my apps. I have two types of helpers. Rendering Helpers and Session Helpers.
> Rendering Helpers: (so far)
> 1. WAKeepAliveHelper for keeping the session alive while the users
> browser is open. I find this totally indispensable.
> 2. ShoreHelperHelper which allows you to use ShoreComponents without a specialized RootClass.
> Session Helpers: (so far)
> 1. Announcements Helper for Lukas' Announcements framework (in the blue corner)
> 2. AXAnnouncements Helper for Levente Uzonyi's AXAnnouncements framework (in the red corner)
> 3. CometHelper for Comet.
> 4. MagmaHelper for Magma.
> The "Helper" portion of Jetsam is entirely self contained, so can be
> distributed separately and if you find it useful I think it could be a candidate 2.9
> If anyone has any ideas for additional helpers then please let me know.

Cincom is up to something similar. It would be a good idea to talk with them.


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