· Feb 24, 2016

Web development methodolgies


I'm curious to know what InterSystems clients are using for csp based web development methodology.

Are you doing tag based development, or class based development?

If you are using tag based development, what tools are you using to create the look and feel of your web pages?  Are you using tools like Adobe Dreamweaver, or do your developers sit down and code HTML using plain editors like Notepad and Notepad++

Are you doing prototyping of web pages and then adding CSP tags, or are you just developing the finished csp page with no prototype?


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Hi Kenneth,

I've been working in company where we develop WEB-based ECM application. It's a quite big one, and very flexible.  We do not use CSP-files at all, only CSP-classes, no Zen. And some my own projects on Caché, also in WEB. I will not recommend to use CSP-files, or Zen. I can't say anything about Zen Mojo, just because when I last time saw it, it was not so better then Zen, now with Native JSON it may be better.  I'll recommend CSP-classes, REST and webservices.

CSP-Pages. It may be usefull, with all of their tags and stores with files. But unfortunately  all of this files, may some time confuse developer, because in any way developer should know is it compiled or not, when some files were changed, it may looks like nothing changed.  And at the end anyway it compiles to CSP-classes. 

ZEN. With ZEN, you get some ready components. In the same time, your application became too big, even if it not, and have just one page. It generate js/css files, and you should care about that files, while you deploy app to production. Data transfered from server to client side, contains waste js code.

With CSP-classess, I have flexibility, and can generate different parts of page in very different parts of code. I have much more possibilities to control how I generate HTML, receive and response requests. But I still generate html-code in Caché.

As well we have more than 1MB CSS and JS files. For me it is not so comfortably to edit that files in Studio. For HTML in classes I can use embedded &html<>. JS and CSS files I'm editing in Sublime Text. 

But I'm sure that in modern time application should be SPA, all html should be in static files, and server should speak only in JSON, with a REST and wevservices. And in all my last web-projects, I'm using this way.  Static HTML, JS, CSS files, with a Gulp I transform all sperate JS and CSS files to one, implement that files to HTML. And for production version I put all that files in one Class. In this case I can send one XML file which contains full application.  For example CacheBlocksExplorer