New resources and samples for custom builders
Jonathan Booth 060000XRMC Visits (1331)
Probably my favorite part of working with WEF is in the area of builder development, both developing new builders myself and teaching people how to make custom builders. The builder framework in WEF is extremely flexible in terms of what you can automate with a builder. There are UI control builders, high-level UI pattern builders, back end data access builders, builders that create and populate DB tables, cross-cutting builders that modify elements across a whole application, builders that generate complete Java classes, and more. And with the ability for a builder to invoke any other builders, you can create a new builder that uses any or all of the above types of builders at once. On a number of occasions I've been talking to customers about challenging development issues, and I've been able to show them how a custom builder can leverage WEF builder automation to address the issue in a powerful way.
Recently there have been several postings that anyone interested in custom builders should know about. There are new and updated resources on the WEF wiki, and there's also a nice blog written by Adam Kewley posted recently in this community,