Business (document management) application in rails


#1

Hi, I’m a student with no real experience in developing serious
enterprise apps…
still now I have the possibility to try…
Here’s my question:
I’m building a rails app that connects to a database, and is essentially
a front end to it, to manage projects and related documents. The
interface in xhtml/css/javascript is a nightmare. I need complex stuff,
like tables with resizeable columns, sorting, and all that stuff … for
dozens of tables…
and cross browser compatibility isn’t easy.

I thought to use remote XUL. It’s mozilla only, I know, but that’s not a
problem.

Do you have any opinion about it? Some first hand experience?
Are you aware of any nasty bug / missing feature or security concerns?

In short, what do you think?

thanks
Luca


#2

Have you ever looked at GoogleDocs?

It’s just HTML/CSS/JS, don’t overestimate what you really need to do :wink:

Seriously, if you’ll really have a complex interface, any technology
you select is going to be hard to work and customize. Why not just
write a desktop app to do that?

Maurício Linhares
http://alinhavado.wordpress.com/ (pt-br) | http://blog.codevader.com/
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On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 6:54 PM, Marco Signati


#3

well, my app should be used from everywhere in the world… not easily
accomplished through desktop applications (establish secure connections
to remote database), and moreover it’ll be updated frequently, and I
certainly don’t want to make people keep installing new versions…

any other comment?
Luca


#4

Flex? Silverlight? JavaFX?

There’s a load of “rich client” options if you think HTML/CSS/JS isn’t
going to solve your problem.

Maurício Linhares
http://alinhavado.wordpress.com/ (pt-br) | http://blog.codevader.com/
(en)

On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 7:11 PM, Marco Signati