After all of the craziness of helping out with UKLUG last week it was back to a good week of development on the new XPages version of IdeaJam.
I’ve put a few more screenshots up on Flickr but we’re continuing to make good progress. This week we’ve managed to knock off quite a few tasks…
The other big change this week is the addition of the user profile. This is actually way better than the classic IdeaJam profile as I can effectively embed multiple views onto a single XPage and then just toggle between them with a tabbed panel control (which you can see above). Unfortunately when I was almost done with this earlier in the week, DDE somehow ate the design element and I had to start again, but as with all these things, doing it the second time was much quicker than the first.
Other cool little bits and pieces that we’ve done this week include moving the CSS from being a design element back out to being a document so that our customers can easily change the look and feel of their IdeaJam sites. Again this may not be needed for most sites, but for us it is very important as we want to make administering IdeaJam very, very easy (like it is today). I’ve re-inserted the context sensitivity for RSS feeds, so that the RSS icon knows where you are in the system and presents the right feed to you (I think we have something like 8 different styles of RSS feed in IdeaJam so you can watch what is interesting to you).
And I’m finally getting around to fixing some of the stylesheet issues caused by the move from classic to XPages. In classic we style elements based on their ID which is not really practical in XPages as it is all but impossible to know what the ID of an element will be by the time it makes it to the browser, so all styling has to switch to the class property of elements, not a massive issue, but IE being as crap as it is has caused a few problems. As with all browser issues I follow the rule of develop in Firefox and then break for IE, but in the end it only took a couple of hours to sort out most of the problems.
So where does that leave us? Well I have about 15 big ticket tasks left on the tada list and then we start the really serious task of testing. It’s going to take us quite a while as we want to release a good quality product. Hopefully somewhere in there will be a new drop of 8.5 beta code, but either way we will have to leave our final test cycle until 8.5 goes gold so that we know we have the fixed, non beta, code that customers will be using. Life is very very busy, but good fun.