[aida] Default view in WebApplication

Facundo Ciccioli facundofc at gmail.com
Wed Jan 21 19:09:14 CET 2009

Hi Janko.

Yours is a fair question. When I started doing the interface to my
model, it was only that: *one* interface to the model. Then they told
me that what I was doing should be an expert mode interface, and that
I had to build a "wizard" mode interface, all to the same model. So,
the old, expert interface remained in the main view, and I started
making the new one in a view called, surprisingly, wizard. After that,
they wanted to make the wizard interface the default page when
accessing the domain were the site is, hence I had to change the
default view to be wizard instead of main (among other things). I
could have swaped both views and made main become expert and wizard
become main, but that implied changing every link to those two views.
Besides, I thought: there *have to* be a way to change the default
view :P.

Speaking of which, I found something else that may have to be changed
in order to make changing the default view possible. It's the #view:
message in the WebLink class. It prevents setting the view if your are
setting it to 'main'. I changed that to verifying if you are trying to
set it to self app defaultView. I hope this doesn't bring any side


2009/1/20 Janko Mivšek <janko.mivsek at eranova.si>:
> Hi Facundo,
> Facundo Ciccioli wrote:
>> I've been just trying to make the default view of an object be other
>> than main, and finally got it. I thought it would be enough to define
>> the class message #defaultView in my own WebApp (MyClassApp), but this
>> didn't sufficed. Looking around I ended up finding that the #view:
>> message sets the view instance variable to 'main' if you try to set
>> the view to '' (empty string). There was the problem. I'm thinking
>> that message should set view to self defaultView instead of the
>> hardcoded 'main' in the forementioned case.
>> Just trying to help. Sorry if I'm completely off.
> No no, good observation and I agree, we need to recheck and clean up
> that code in the direction you propose.
> What I'd like to know is the reason, why you changed the name of default
> view from #main at all?
> Janko
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