Building Next Generation Web Apps with Rails and SproutCore
Location: Pavilion 2 - 3 Audience level:
Building Next Generation Web Apps with Rails and SproutCore Presentation [PDF]
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Conventional Rails techniques (ERB and RJS) can get you up and running with a prototype, but because they were not designed like a desktop framework would be, it’s very difficult to create a full-fledged client-side app running in the browser. You need to write too much glue code, the kind of code that’s very error-prone and hard to test. Too much intelligence still resides on the server.
SproutCore is a new framework inspired by Cocoa to help you build “3F” desktop web applications, and is a natural compliment to a Rails app. Using SproutCore, you can develop client and server as separate applications, each optimized for their roles. The user downloads a couple of cached, compressed, minified assets: JS, HTML, CSS, and a sprited PNG file, once, then simply talks to the Rails app using lightweight REST and JSON APIs.
In this tutorial, I will guide students through the construction of a complete SproutCore client that talks to a Rails server app. Students will implement key SproutCore concepts like Key-Value Observation and Bindings, as will learn how to efficiently develop desktop applications. The students will leave the tutorial with a better understanding of what the future holds for web application development, and with the basic tools needed to get started on their own projects.
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Co-founder and lead hacker of OtherInbox. I’m a hacker, Ruby on Rails developer, SproutCore enthusiast, and improv theater director based in Baltimore, Maryland.
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