Posted by c031917
on September 23, 2008 at 6:15 AM PDT
After googling around for weeks for the best Rails/Ajax/Rest framework
i'm still not sure if jmaki is the right strategic option for me.
Coming from Eclipse/Rails+some js, I tried jruby/jmaki/Netbeans because first it felt like playing with the big guys. The demos/tutorials looked very promising.
I found a nice beginner's tutorial on jmaki with Rails (as NB ruby project), a beginner's tutorial on restful jmaki (as NB webproject without Ruby).
But without some deeper documentation and full scope examples tuned to Rails flavor it is impossible to bridge the gap from Rails to Rails/jmaki. Is this the reason why so few people seem to utilize this fantastic jmaki ? Rails community is very quiet on it.
Perhaps they have the same questions like me.
Today you have to look onto many candidates for frameworks. And you need a lot of expertise to judge what survives the next year. But not everyone has time to dive through this. The Rails community seems to split their forces onto too much frameworks, down to relying on one-man shows. Jmaki would have the potential to win the shootout.
And what about REST ? For Rails guys making jmaki restful again introduces that amount of J* exposure which they wanted to avoid with the help of jmaki.
I want to make sexy, future-proof applications based on industry standards. Jmaki (with Jersey?) would be so great!
From my view an example like this would make it easier to leverage jmaki with rails:
1. In Netbeans a Ruby project is created (2nd best:Web App)
2. A two-or- three table app with has_many relationships is defined.
3. Controllers and views are equipped with jmaki.
4. Views allow full CRUD operations on each row of parent and child models e.g. in grids. (Science Fiction: do layout with GUIbuilder). Drill down from model to model.
5. Full navigation via e.g. accordeon
6. The whole thing is RESTful...
Part #2: Enable this app for Webtop - mashup of coupled models
How are the chances to get such a realworld feasibility app ?
Do I have to wait 1 or 2 years until Chad Fowler or Mike Clark writes "Advanced Rails Recipes - the jmaki/jersey way" ?
Somehow the momentum of jmaki seems to have degraded. Is there a roadmap ?
How much support do you get from your company to drive this ?