EGL Rich UI continues to be a very important component of RBD/EGL, and so we started the version 8 design process with some goals ...
- Keep the developer working in the Rich UI visual editor design view longer (i.e. reduce dependence on the source view for UI development)
- Include more useful, business-oriented widgets out of the box
- Greatly improve the look and feel of applications
- Speed up common tasks (for example, build and bind UI forms from data records)
As you learn more about (and try) the new capabilities, I think you will agree that we have met (and even exceeded!) these goals.
Some noteworthy new capabilities to mention:
- New grid-oriented layout widget for Rich UI, which allows for more precise placement of widgets
- New tool for creating UI data entry forms from a record definition
- Improved data grid widget that supports sorting, pagination, selection, row checking, column-level customization, support for cell editing, and more
- Web services can be tested without deploying to an application server (like with EGL Community Edition)
- Generation of debug code occurs automatically (Rich UI developers are no longer required to switch between workspace development and deployment mode)
- New support for calling XML-based web services from EGL services deployed to Java environments
- Support for creating a global breakpoint with a condition, where execution only stops if the condition evaluates to true
- Text reporting support for EGL-generated COBOL programs
Stay tuned as we roll out more details about the planned capabilities. All of this leads up to the planned availability on December 3, 2010.