Sample stacks / revOnline [was: Re: Suggestion: Non-Appbuilding Community Edition]
alex at tweedly.net
Thu Sep 30 10:27:36 EDT 2021
On 30/09/2021 15:02, Alex Tweedly via use-livecode wrote:
> On 06/09/2021 15:14, Kevin Miller via use-livecode wrote:
>> Upgrading this could be a very useful project. There is a lot of
>> content in there but it has the issues you list.
So I had a look at what could be done just within the IDE for revonline.
There's an old joke about a tourist in Ireland who realizes she(*) is
lost, and ask for directions from an old farmer at the side of the road.
"Well", says he, "if I wanted to go there, I wouldn't start from here."
I found the revonline scripts rather complex, and I couldn't easily see
how to solve the issues mentioned previously, in that context. And the
bottom line is that it's not a complex problem that needs to be solved.
The login / register / upload features all work just fine - the problems
are with the searching / browsing / filtering, and are generally related
to either (very) poor performance or unclear UI.
In the end, I just couldn't produce worthwhile improvements, so instead
I wrote a plugin that handles the searching / filtering / browsing /
downloading parts, and which omits the login/upload parts entirely.
It can be downloaded from "Sample Stacks" in the IDE toolbar (it's
called "Sample Stacks" and is tagged as IDE and Plugin). Install as a
plugin in the usual way.
UI is very similar to the existing IDE version - simplified a bit.
- search box automatically (and immediately) updates as you type, so
the "Go" button was removed
- everything happens in < 1 second, so the progress bar was removed.
- the grid/list choice was removed (the old 'list' stye was hard to
use or understand)
- tags in the left-hand box are alphabetized
- the grid is a single long scrolling group, rather than being paged
There is one issue I haven;t tracked down yet - sometimes the scrolling
using mousepad doesn't work initially; scrolling with the scrollbar
seems to be enough to "revive" it.
Let me know if you try it and have any problems or suggestions.
(*) "she" is not sexist - had it been a man he would never have admitted
to being lost and so would never have asked the question :-)
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