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This explains the idea of easy tools in Sakai. These are simple tools which are effectively basic webapps which a user can write by adhereing to a set of conventions. The easy tool could be easily written and the Easy Tool Manager UI would allow the tool to be uploaded and activated on a running Sakai server. The remainder of the webapp code would be generated automatically and the user could download the full app and develop it into a more advanced Sakai app later if desired.

Easy Tools

  • Goals/Needs fulfilled
    • Easy tools are meant to meet the need of being extremely easy to write and deploy
    • Developers who have never really seen Java (only PHP or things like it) should be able to write an easy tool
    • Minimal Java knowlege should be required
    • No knowledge of maven should be required
    • No understanding of Spring/Hibernate/etc. should be required
    • Tools should be able to be controlled via a simple UI (probably admin users only)
    • Tools will only be able to do simple things (display information, generate URLs, handle very simple forms)
    • Easy tools would be able to be converted into a fully structured Sakai tool
  • Sakai service/data access
    • Access to data within Sakai would be provided via a simple master static cover (probably called Sakai) or via component name conventions
      • The master cover would provide access to a limited set of Sakai services and data which are safe to access within Sakai
  • Documentation
    • Comprehensive easy-to-use descriptions of how to build a tool
    • Clear explanation of service/data access
    • Several examples of commonly used techniques
    • Several examples of simple tools
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  1. Is the idea/concept on this page still actively being pursued, or has it been superseded by other activities or needs?