Do you Dojo?
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If you are writing Rich UI applications, having a robust set of widgets to choose from can speed up your development time. With the release of Rational Business Developer (RBD) version 8.0.1, Dojo widgets are incorporated into the product and officially supported. The palette in the Rich UI visual editor contains a number of Dojo widgets for layout, display and input, and data visualization:
Other Dojo widgets can also be used but didn't seem to make sense to put on the palette, such as Context Menu.
The Dojo projects
With RBD v8.0.1, we provide a Dojo widget project and a choice of Dojo runtime projects. Plus, we provide a Dojo sample that shows each of the widgets in action, as well as a few extras like Map, Dialog, and Portal widgets.
When you create a new EGL Rich UI project, you'll see the option to add EGL Dojo support is pre-selected under Widget Libraries. The Dojo 1.0.0 widget set is based on Dojo toolkit 1.5.
When you click Finish in the new project wizard, the EGL Dojo widget project, the Dojo local runtime project, and the EGL Rich UI widget project are automatically added to your workspace along with your new project.
Using Dojo runtimes
Getting the Dojo sample
The Dojo sample provides a useful way to learn how to use the Dojo widgets. You can get the Dojo sample from the Help system. In the Help Contents, go to Samples > Technology samples > EGL > EGL Dojo widgets. Click "Get the sample" link to import the Dojo sample into your workspace. If you don't already have the Rich UI, Dojo widget, and Dojo runtime projects in your workspace, you can use the links on this help page to import those projects as well. Start by opening EGLS
New in Dojo 1.5
Dojo toolkit 1.5 contains several widget enhancements and fixes, as well as some performance improvements. For EGL's Dojo support, we added Border Container as a new layout widget, in addition to the variety of widgets that were provided in earlier technical preview versions of EGL Dojo which were based on Dojo 1.4 or earlier. RBD v8.0.1 also added DataGrid as a new non-Dojo widget, but that's for another blog. We will continue to add more widgets over time. Add a comment to this blog to let us know which widgets you would like to see.
One main new feature of Dojo 1.5, is the new Claro theme. The Claro theme has several aims:
So try out Dojo in your next Rich UI application, and when asked "Do you Dojo?", you can answer "Hai!"