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    Default Architecting an Enterprise REST presentation layer

    Id like to discuss a concept, and a potential technology solution for an enterprise Web UI framework. There are two main ideas behind framework:
    • Homogenization of applications (they should have an standardized look and feel).
    • Reduce application complexity in order to speed up development process.
    I have already built a solution to achieve these objectives. Essentially, I am using a set of REST services to manage User Access Control, Security and User Profile, and EXT JS for UI. In a nutshell, through services Im able to register applications, define its "pages", then set access to users based on roles over that pages. Its a little bit more complex, but you can think as a complete set of UAC services, and a UI that knows how to interact with it. One more thing about the UI: Basically it is a dashboard (think in something similar to this: where menus are loaded based on user profile. Then each page is rendered on the center container.
    This solution is working, and everybody seems happy. Now I want to go one step further. Let me explain what i have in my mind. Applications itself contains "locally" (local to a particular application built with this framework) the pages that conforms that particular application. Also, the dashboard component is added as an application dependency. What im looking for is a way to make applications completely remote. That is, instead of having diverse applications with pages, i could leverage pages to resources (from a REST perspective; addresability, hypermedia, representations) and modify dashboard component in order to make it an standalone remote application. In that way, applications would be thought as a set of resources (former pageS). In fact, an application itself could be thought as a tag or property over a resource.
    Right now, we are using EXT JS 4.2, so my preferred option is to find a way to construct this solution using it (something like remote views, controllers and models I guess if that is possible). If not, i would like to know if you know other frameworks / libraries adecuated for this architecte

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    Sencha User slemmon's Avatar
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    For view/component loading on the fly have you looked at the ComponentLoader class?

    Also, in 4.2 you can now create multiple application definitions extending from a base application class which may come in handy when determining the application build for a user based on login.
    See "Deriving from" at the top of this API page:

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    Default Thanks!

    Thanks! Ill take a look at it.

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