Re: [gnome-db]GUADEC decisions


On Mon, Apr 09, 2001 at 09:34:15PM +0200, Rodrigo Moya wrote:
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> From: Rodrigo Moya <rodrigo gnome-db org>
> To: GDA <gnome-db-list gnome org>
> Subject: [gnome-db]GUADEC decisions
> Hi all!
> * user interface: currently, it is a crap, very confusing, and not very
> user-friendly. Things to do are to use wizards for configuration stuff,
> add keybindings, and rework some of the widgets. I would be very
> grateful to people suggesting UI stuff, even what would be great is to
> provide me with a .glade file, which is very easy to do. But well, just
> suggestions would also be welcomed :-)

I think the following things would be great
- Binding keys to user-definable default xml/sql queries
- gda-source im-/export (using xml config files or others, optinonally w/wo
- Predefinable reports using the report engine

Perhaps, also extensions like a batching module would be great, but its
beyond the basic which have to be implemented first, of course. ;-)
What i think of is a kind of scripting possibility for the frontend, which
allows automated issuing queries to the servers, generating reports, calling
external gnome/gnome-db modules through CORBA, etc. The "scripts" could be
stored in xml-files and possibly even distributed through CORBA-components.
This would make gnome-db a powerful tool. 

> * report engine: I've been talking with some XML guys (Joaquin, Ismael),
> and I've finally understood what XSLT is, and I now know it is the way
> to go. So, the report engine would only generate XSLT, and, as Joaquin
> suggested, we could have a "converter" to be compatible with
> gnome-print, so that the XSLT returned by the engine can be easily
> accessed and used by clients.
> Thus, the clients would be the responsible for generating output in
> other formats (PDF, PS, etc).
> so, how does it sound?

I think at least ps and xml output should be implemented, so
the gnome-db frontend can print results of queries using the 
report-engine. Or is this intented for a separate report-engine?

I don't know XSLT, so i don't know how easy conversion would be, though. ;-)



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