VIE/GWT-Hackathon at Alkacon

On December 20 and 21, 2011 a VIE/GWT-Hackathon took place at the Alkacon Office in Cologne Germany.

Participants of this great Hackathon were:

  • Nemein Oy (Henri Bergius)
  • Alkacon Software (Tobias Herrmann, Rüdiger Kurz)

The result of those two days is a working “proof of concept” integration of a VIE-GWT wrapper into the OpenCms demo page “Wonderful World of Flowers”. This proof of concept makes use of the “hallo”-Editor-Widget to manipulate the websites HTML.

Alkacon OpenCms demo screen

VIE-GWT integration into OpenCms flower demo using gwt-wrapper

For maintenance reasons Alkacon wants to avoid writing native JavaScript code that is part of the OpenCms core system. The proof of concept integration into the OpenCms demo page was done all in Java / GWT without writing one line of native JavaScript.

So far the VIE integration has not been fully integrated into the OpenCms user interface. During the coming weeks, Alkacon will continue to work on this proof of concept by enhancing the advanced direct edit user interface of OpenCms with inline-editing capabilities using VIE.

Looking into the development of a generic GWT-wrapper implementation for VIE that can be accessed by any GWT based web application will be part of the proof of concept. Alkacon is also looking into implementing widgets written in GWT that can be used by VIE.

Alkacon plans to present the VIE-GWT wrapper integrated into the OpenCms user interface end of March at the IKS review meeting in Saarbrücken.

Author: Wernher

Wernher Behrendt is senior researcher at Salzburg Research and the coordinator of the IKS project