Okay, what's the new project all about? Well, it's got a whole set of rather ambitious goals, from creating killer apps for the i to comparing the productivity of EGL compared to PHP.
What I plan to do is simple: I'm going to create apps right before your very eyes. As I noted in the previous post, I've got one up and running, at http://see-what-i-can-do.com. The application is simple: it shows "Hello There" and if you roll your mouse over the graphic, the phrase "...from see-what-i-can-do" appears. Pretty simple stuff.
It took me about five minutes to create the application. In fact, it took longer to create the nifty "Hello There" graphic than it did to write the EGL that displays it. And then it took me another hour or so to figure out how to create a virtual host in Apache and deploy the application. Now, though, I'm pretty confident that I can update the application and deploy it in just a minute.
In fact, I'm going to do that as I write this entry. I'm going to add "V2.0" to the message. It's 3:30PM by my workstation. Let's see how long it takes.
Fire up RDi-SOA.
Modify the EGL.
Redeploy it locally.
Copy the file to the IFS.
Rename it to index.html.
Done... at 3:32PM.
Okay, the idea is to create the applications, and then make them available as downloadable Project Interchange Files. I'll start with simple applications like this using only Rich UI. Next I plan to attach to RPG programs, starting using simple RPG-CGI. Eventually I'll use traditional EGL to provide the web services, but one step at a time.
I plan to write a number of applications: dashboards, blogs, polls, inquiries, data entry, you name it. Follow along with me as I do it. Oh - and tell any PHP advocates you might know about the project as well. Because I double dog dare them to be able to do anything as quickly as I do it...