[aida] Roadmap

Janko Mivšek janko.mivsek at eranova.si
Thu Dec 4 13:57:37 CET 2008

Hi Esteban,

We don't have a roadmap in terms of deadlines, but we have directions 
and priorities. You can also look at my ESUG08 presentation[1], but let 
me put out some I have in mind right now (including wishes):


- more internationalization, specially with translation support, to have 
  web apps on more than one language fast and easy.

- tree-like control flow, to close the last gap to the competition :)

- form validation support with callbacks and Ajax visual feedback

- more Ajax, more standalone components

- on the fly installation/unloading of applications and additional 
components directly from the admin/configuration web pages. No need to 
deal with Smalltalk image directly, which is good for non-programmer 
users of Aida web systems.

- Scaffolding, that is initial code generation of your web app before 
you start coding manually

- Visual web app building, as extension of scaffolding?

- Magritte support

- Smalltalk Community support with project like SPM, Smalltalk People, 
Smalltalk code on the Web, at the end maybe even a Smalltalk portal, 
with all that combined? Well, this one is very very long-term goal, but 
very needed for the Smalltalk community as a whole!


- more end user friendliness, you don't need to be a Smalltalker to use it!

- more plugins, more scriblets

- persistence support, from image, file based, to Gemstone. Magma too?

- preprepared design templates to easy choose and swithc on-the-fly. 
Better support for using Wordpress and Joomla templates, preparing some 
of them for Scribo.

Did I miss something?

And yes, it is a time to put that on some web page, being on SPM or main 
  wesite. Shall we name it Roadmap anyway? Maybe most of people prefer 
this name instead of Directions. A Roadmap without deadlines therefore, 
or maybe a "floating" Roadmap :)


[1] http://www.aidaweb.si/articles.html, AIDA/Web 6.0, That's How the 
Web Works!

nico wrote:
> Esteban A. Maringolo a écrit :

>> Do AIDA have a roadmap? (improvements, refactorings, etc).

> No, we keep it in our todo list, but it's not written on the website or
> anywhere else.
> Fortunately, a SPM (Squeak Project Manager) website dedicated to Aida
> should be there soon (I just have to start it and configure it).
> Then we'll have tickets, online code browsing and monticello
> integration, roadmap, wiki, timeline, etc
> Cheers!
> Nico

Janko Mivšek
Smalltalk Web Application Server

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