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30Oct/01Off

Development Update

Just wanted to give a quick update on development. I have abstracted the add/modify/delete operations for tables into the database drivers. This means that most of the db classes now only contain definitions of the table structure (field names and neutral types like text, auto, numeric).

I have also begun the tedious task of rearchitecting the classes so the web interface only makes calls to the html classes. This will open up the possibility of exposing DCL via XML-RPC or SOAP calls in the future.

Also, in the back of my mind I have been kicking around exactly what direction DCL needs to go in regarding the user interface. Looking around at other similar projects show that none of them really support a rich DHTML/CSS/JavaScript interface. Since DCL already supports JavaScript and CSS, I don't see too much of a reason not to bring DHTML into the picture.

So, if anyone out there wants to contribute a concept design for a new DCL interface, feel free to email me. If anything, it can be made available as a new template set so the existing interface can stay. I will be putting the html header and footer into templates as well, so anything *should* be possible to support.

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