As most of your will no doubt know, OpenInsight 9.2 featured release 1.0 of O4W, Revelation latest web authoring tool for Linear Hash and other MultiValue databases.
The release of O4W has been extremely well received throughout the OpenInsight community and Revelation has received a wealth of feedback, both following the commercial release and before that during the beta phase. In fact, there was so much feedback and subsequent development work undertaken that Revelation found it necessary to pause the development cycle of O4W for the OpenInsight 9.2 release at a certain point. This was to enable the company to catch up with the documentation and keep it in synch with the product itself.
Whilst the O4W development was paused and sandboxed for the 9.2 release, actual development of O4W continued right through the beta phase and it continues to evolve for the next OpenInsight release. As we learned at the Revelation Conference a few months ago, this further development resulted in a backlog of features and those are now being included in the forthcoming 9.2.1 release.
It is also interesting to note that, even before the 9.2 commercial release was available, some forward thinking Revelation clients saw the massive benefits and opportunities that O4W offered them and they became early adopters. Revelation created some special O4W cuts for these clients, enabling them to run O4W in earlier OpenInsight versions and to begin using the solution at that time. These were not test systems, most were real-world solutions for their customers and then, once the 9.2 commercial release was available, they were ready to deploy their O4W based systems to their clients.
So what’s in the new O4W 1.1 version?
One of the main new features is the new theme selector. This lets you change the look and feel of your web application on the fly. O4W is tied to Google’s jQuery library and this enables O4W developers to utilise a myriad of available themes. Just by picking a particular theme, developers can change the entire look and feel of their solutions. This is a major benefit to MultiValue developers, as it enables them to build on their years of experience and to couple this with the themes created by jQuery developers and the jQuery community. Together, this enables developers to easily create much more robust and better looking web applications.
In addition to theme support, O4W 1.1 (which will form part of the OpenInsight 9.2.1 release) will also provide Revelation’s OpenInsight developers with the ability to take an existing OpenInsight form (Window) or a report and convert that form or report into an O4W web form or web report automatically. There really will be no reason for Revelation’s exiting developers not to take a look at O4W if they have not already done so, as it will inevitably become even easier to create that all important web interface.
The OpenInsight 9.2.1 release will include many additional O4W enhancements and countless enhancements to the MultiValue application development toolset itself. You’ll need to be on the OpenInsight WORKS program to gain access to these benefits. If you are already a member, simply watch this blog and the Revelation web sites for more information as it becomes available.
If you are not a WORKS member, please contact your local Revelation office for details on how to ensure that you do not miss out on the OpenInsight 9.2.1 and O4W 1.1 beta cycle.