For the past two months or so, I’ve left off from my weekly blogging habit here to focus on some behind-the-scenes aspect of QuickUI. I post about those updates on the separate QuickUI blog. That blog is more technically-oriented, but I though it was worth sharing a roundup of those posts here:
- A developer asked for sample application code showing how to use QuickUI as the “View” in an application with an MVC (Model-View-Controller) architecture. That’s a great idea, and to date I haven’t had such a sample I could offer. Cozi’s Meal Planner is actually a Model-View-Presenter that uses QuickUI for the View, but the source for that application is proprietary. It’ll be useful to have an interesting MVC/MVP sample application that shows off how to use QuickUI; I’ll post back here when I have something worth looking at. Thanks for the suggestion, Chris!
- I continue to be interested in making sure the emerging Web Components spec is well-suited to the scenarios routinely faced by UI designers and developers, and have articulated a vision for how QuickUI and Web Components could co-evolve. This has included some time analyzing the QuickUI Catalog controls in light of the Web Components spec. On that note, I’m looking forward to a meeting with the spec’s author, Dimitri Glazkov, later this week.
- A designer friend suggested creating a new QuickUI screencast. The few QuickUI screencasts I’ve done in the past are now out-of-date, and my ideas about how to explain the value of component-based UI development have evolved, so it’s a good time for a new one.
- Along those lines, I’ve invested some time improving the framework documentation, including an overview of how QuickUI controls render themselves.
- I also continue to improve the QuickUI Catalog controls, although at a slower pace. The above work on the fundamentals and explaining them is taking precedence for the time being.
Thanks to those who have shared suggestions with me — they’re very helpful. If you take a look at any of the above and have feedback, please let me know.