On Jun 27, 2013, at 5:10 AM, Matthias Wessendorf <matzew@apache.org> wrote:

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:15 AM, Jay Balunas <jbalunas@redhat.com> wrote:
Hi All,

As discussed in the team meeting I wanted to restart discussions around the demos for the project.  I know it is long but it is also very important that we agree on our example strategy because it is one of the primary ways that people will learn about AeroGear - especially just starting out.  We also need to balance this with the fact that maintenance of multiple examples can be time consuming (src, docs, tests, etc...).

Let me state what I think would be a good model for us at a high level, and then when we come to a consensus about this we can dig into the individual example ideas, specifically around the "showcase" demo (likely in another thread).

All of this is my opinion, not law ;-)

_Showcase Demo_

One larger scale demo that we can cover all (or nearly all) of the planned functionality up to 2.0.  There has been several ideas tossed around from stock broker, prodoctor, etc...  I don't want to focus on the specific app at this point.  Functionality would be additive as we completed it, so the idea would need to be easily "upgraded" as we go.

The app should include all client types as examples (iOS, Android, Hybrid, Web), have a central backend, be deployable to OpenShift, and run on Wildfly/EAP.  It would require documentation to discuss complexities and usage for an advanced application, but would not need to cover the bread and butter imo (that is what the quickstart tutorials are for).  We would have to commit to long term maintenance of this as well.

There are pros and cons for this type of application.  The maintenance and development burden is high.  Also we need to be careful not to devote so much time to the application that it takes on a life of its own.  I.e. we are not really trying to make a fully competitive stock broker app.

We also want to consider if/how this application would be deployed to an appstore.  Depending on the application it may be very appropriate for it to be there, but we'll need to discuss.

Does this sounds acceptable as the scope and starting point for a showcase demo?

yes, makes sense.


_Topic Demos_

I'm not sure about this category of demo yet, but wanted to bring it up.  There are use-cases, and functionality that by their definition are beyond the scope of quickstart, and yet we would likely not want to have the showcase demo be the only location we demo the functionality.

The best example of this I can think of is Unified Push.  I think we all agree, just the basic setup and requirements around push make it more than a quickstart.  With the various servers, configuration, certs, etc...  At the same time, we need a demo (both sooner, and simpler) than the showcase demo for the related tutorials, docs, etc...

So this category would be for this type of "topic" - I could see the possibility of some security functionality falling into this too, but I'm not 100% on that.

It would have the same type of requirements as the other demos - docs, tests, maintenance, etc...

Pros would be a more focused demo for specific functionality, cons are another non-trivial demo to maintain.

Not sure I fully understand the "topic demos". Since you mentioned the tutorials. For iOS push we have this:

and for Android we have this:

Both have very simple client applications. cURL is used for triggering a push message. The demo itself is very simple, but the getting started (especially on iOS/Apple) is covered there as well. Do you mean something like that ? 

Another topic could be (taking push again), using CDI events: Show how to fire CDI-events and a CDI-Observer will just use Java-Sender API to send a simple Push message (like the cURL does). For that, we can also reuse the client apps.


My personal opinion here would be take it on a case by case basis.


This category sounds like it might be the simplest, but as a whole I think it represents a fairly large amount of work.  Imo a quickstart is a focused demo, that highlights 1-2 specific use-cases.  JDF has a lot of good definitions and requirements for quick starts that we should consider as well, where they don't conflict.  For example build tools, deployment options, etc...

The trick here comes with how to manage and handle all of our different "parts".  Do we group by client type, by functionality, etc...  So for example, take a security related quickstart.  It should show how to integration security across the various client types.  Is that 1 quickstart for security, or 3 by client type.

Like: OTP Quickstart for Android, iOS, JavaScript (and the server part)? 

I think where it makes sense to group them into 1 lets do that.  Then we are not duplicating the server and you can see how that api works across the clients.

If one library has a feature and the others don't,  then obviously we don't group them. duh

Related to this is the cookbook idea that the Android team is using.  Imo I think it is VERY important that all of our client types share a similar approach (cookbook or not).

yes, I like that: they are simple and isolated (if I recall correctly). So it's not a gigantic app/mess :) 

 We don't want completely different approaches by client type.  If we do group quickstarts (some or all) by client how will we handle common server-side functionality such as that security example above.

All of these items get complicated quickly, but I think we need to nail this down asap because we should start thinking about our quickstart libraries soon imo.

_One off examples_

Another type of example was mentioned in the ML, and that is of one-off examples for presentations, blogs, etc...  Imo these are useful, and likely needed some of the time.

I think we should re-use our other examples when possible, but I also know that will not alway work for various reasons.  These examples carry no maintenance expectations, and should not be in the AeroGear repositories either imo.

agreed,  i don't plan on maintaining my WoW examples  ;)

I also think it is possible for one-off examples to "become" quickstarts, but would have to meet the standards for a quickstart as we describe them.


This is a related topic that I think will likely become its own thread or document, and that is about repository usage for the example types above.  In general we need a better policy imo around this topic in general.

* Showcase example: I believe it should have a single repository with /server, /client, and /docs directories as needed.  I believe having separate repositories is confusing and leads to clutter.  The intent of the showcase app is to demo how everything integrates in one place, and should be easily accessed.

I think that makes sense


* Topic examples: I believe these should have a similar requirement as the showcase example.  The point of the topic example is to cover a specific topic, not specific individual clients.

* Quickstart examples:  This again gets complicated, and may depend on the way we choose  to group them.  However we group them, I think we should have a limited number of *-quickstart repositories, we should not have a repo for each quickstart.  We'll need to discuss this as we discuss quickstart planning in general.

* One off examples: should not be in AeroGear's repository at all.  Imo, if we aren't committing to maintain it we should not have it our repository.

_Forge and JBDS_

We also need to discuss how any of these examples relate to forge and JBDS efforts.  At the very least, imo, some of our quickstarts should be based on scaffolding, and tooling.  Imo many of the example (where possible) should be compatible with forge, and JBDS.

"Tooling for iOS": Not sure how our Xcode template falls into that "Tooling" category, but it helps a lot when getting started.

Not all examples would need to be compatible.  Obviously that does not apply to iOS, and we would need to balance the effort required on a case-by-case basis for others.  It just might not make sense or have a different target than forge or JBDS.  That is fine, I don't want to use this as a handicap, but we should be considering both of these as we go.

I think the Xcode template we have is good enough, for "iOS tooling"

Again, I don't want this thread to break down into specific use-case discussions, I want us to discuss the example strategies for the project, then we can kick off separate thread for break down specific examples, and plans for them.

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