Inst.Ant does (part of) Tomcat
  Posted November 09, 2002    PermaLink    Comments (0)  

I've slowly been adding form controls to the form element over the past few evenings. With the addition of a text area control and a file chooser I now can create a wizard shell that could install Tomcat. It's not soup yet in may ways though. There is quite a bit of work to do for a weekend project (but if I had 40 hours a week time to spend on it I could belt it out in a couple of weeks, maybe one if there are no suprises). That is the problem with free (as in beer) software development, there's times I would much rather watch Harry Potter and I do.

The potential todo list on the immediate horizon (rest of Q42002) is as follows... (mind you that doesn't mean it will get done in Q4).

  • Support radio buttons, and by condequence buttons groups. I would support one property-multiple values across the group and multiple properties-one value as well.
  • Add if and unless attributes to all of thw form controls. Useful for summary and confirmation pages. Also for user data pages where another component may require extra info for a group of data.
  • Add a progress bar widget that listens to do and undo steps and progeresses it. Also a text line that shows the last info level log from ant would be nice.
  • Add console suppot for the wizard, right now there is no console support. None at all.
  • Have at least some version of compon.ant out, so a single-jar install can be done.
  • Lowest on my list is to refactor the properties to be held in the wizard model, as discussed in my Skinning a Cat Any Other Way... entry.

If anyone is following the CVS there are two new targets that may be of interest: demo and demo.tomcat. The first gives a short tour of all of the form controls (this is mostly what I use to test). The second shows the work in progress for a Tomcat installer, except for the fact it doesn't actually install anything. I am using it to gauge the look of the GUI. It looks better using kunststoff so I am using that in the Tomcat installer.

A better set of distributables and descritive web site will be coming when the code is closer to soup. I'de hate to have a page (other than my weblog) promising good stuff and sitting stagnet for a year.

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