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Re: [GNUe] GNUe Samples/Baseline Target

From: Nicholas Lee
Subject: Re: [GNUe] GNUe Samples/Baseline Target
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 09:15:07 +1300
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On Wed, Mar 17, 2004 at 01:37:07PM -0600, James Thompson wrote:
> I was going to ask "So are the Developers guides not going in the right 
> direction for people?"  Then I re-read them.  Its obvious they need more work 

These looks good, although they don't seem much changed from the
versions I saw over a year ago. Still a lot of TODO sections.

One of the main issues, is a consultant/semi-developer type I want to be able
to quickly generate an application.   Currently all of these mini-apps I
have are spreadsheet based.  

Whether it be, cost-calculating, payroll/wage book or container/payment
tracking.  Its very to set something going quickly with a spreadsheet.
If there some complex equation using VLOOKUPs and array equations, I can
usually find a recipe with google.

Problem I found with gnue, is that the documentation and examples are
sufficient to get this running start.  There is no point creating a simple
replacement for a spreadsheet, if you want to was gnue, might as well do
something decent so that workflow for end-users is easier.

I haven't checked recently, but most of the examples and documentation I
saw over a year ago mention you had to send time in IRC asking questions
before you could figure how everything worked.

I don't really have time for that.

> If people are willing to give me feedback and ideas on the documentation I'm 
> willing to put some time into getting these docs up to where people can find 
> them useful.

Updating Master-Detail would be good. So there is some more code and
example screen shots.  

Some stuff showing how to integrate forms and reports.

An simple example I'd love to see is a search form that brings up a
master detail form.  ie. input invoice number, and have invoice header
and invoice details come up.

A case study of a large application (I'm sure someone has written
something big by now (*) ) showing design/arch. decisions, and how this 
affects the resultant application.

Gnue has been going for a long time. I've been following it for 5 years.
At the moment it seems like a community purely of core developers.
Doesn't really have the community of application level developers. Does
seems to have a large success story application.

The first thing will would happen easier if people see the second thing
and can copy it.


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