SRP HTTP Framework – Create REST APIs for OpenInsight


srphttpframeworkThere has been a lot of talk about REST and Restful APIs in recent months.  Don spoke about SRP’s use of RESTful APIs in his conference presentation last year and I noticed that other MultiValue vendors are starting to support the technology – it’s seems to have now moved beyond the latest must have.

In addition to SRP’s pre-conference blog posting RESTing before RevCon 2016, SRP have just published a follow-up blog article which talks about why they released their SRP HTTP Framework and also about their new version of the toolset (Version 3).

You can read the full blog article on their blog – here.  If nothing more, the postings and the Powerpoint presentation will give you a good grounding for the technology and how it can be exploited in OpenInsight.  You won’t be caught out when providing a demo and you are asked about support for REST and what it might mean for you and your application.

SRP Editor


It is proving to be a busy week with news and information from the Revelation community.  Yesterday we had the Sprezzatura article about the Calculator Trick and today SRP are back with an update on their popular Editor control.

In their latest blog article they explore the metadata record structure that is a feature of their new service module metadata which was announced recently.

Click here for more details.

Delving Deep into the OI BRW


BRW

I have been a long term fan of the new OpenInsight Banded Report Writer and those goes back to it’s introduction early in the OI 9.x series of releases.  So much so, I decided to take the stand at one of our RUGs and attempt to show our attendees what the new tool set was all about and what it is capable of.

It is a very powerful tool with a familiar design interface that most developers and power users should be happy with following a quick run through the BRW Reference Guide and working through the first few pages of the guide which builds your first report.

However, Don at SRP is in the process of taking the BRW and delving deep into the tool and he aims to reveal how developers can better understand the tool, its configuration and how to get the most from this powerful addition to the suite of OI tools.

His first article has just appeared on the SRP blog and its looks at Unpacking CFG_OIBRW, or more specifically the options for configuring the OI BRW for use and the advantages and disadvantages of each of the options.  There is also a link to the Wiki that he has set up and in which he plans to continue to delve deeper into the tool over the coming weeks.

If you are working with OI 9.x, planning a move to OI 9.x or want to get more from your reporting within OpenInsight, then this series looks set to be a must read.

Thoughts on the OI10 release timeline from SRP


As I suspected, the big hitters are already putting pen to paper.  Sprezz blogged early this morning and SRP have followed equally as quickly during their morning.

SRP’s article is an initial posting that is the precursor to some more technical reviews to come and I plan to link to those from my blog with Don’s permission.

The initial article focuses on the perceived timeline and is based on the work done already and the work still to be done.  The only thing that I will add is that I have watched the progress and I know that a lot of the product development had to wait until some of the key underlying work was done.  I understand that this has now been done and that the OI10 team has widened and the development is now going at a pace – as Mike has told me several times, the product is changing hourly now.

This following statement is pure supposition but I liken the development timeline to the global population growth chart that we will all recognise and shown above.  I believe that we are now onto the vertical path and that development will produce more and more over the coming weeks leading up to the Q3 beta release.  It is that long horizontal line period that resulted in the slippage and the things that the team could not yet show at the conference.

SRP’s predicted timeline may well prove to be correct and VARs will no doubt want to wait for the first or second point release, but I hope that we will be surprised.  Whichever proves to be the case, I do wholeheartedly agree with SRP’s thought about keeping your own development going in the current versions of OpenInsight and not waiting for OI10.  It is always a mistake to put software development projects on hold whilst awaiting the next innovation.

I would also urge those of you running on OI 7.x and 8.x to seriously consider moving your systems to 9.4.  Whilst Mike indicated that we will be able to convert an OI 4.03 or later system, it makes sense to me to bring yourselves up to 9.4 and then take a smaller step into the OI 10 system with all of its changes.

Thinking about going to conference but not quite sure yet?


OpenInsight version 10 logoIf you are considering attending the new Revelation Software world conference in Texas in a few months time, but you have not yet made that final decision to use some next years training budget, SRPs latest blog posting is well worth a read.  You’ll get an unbiased viewpoint from one of the leading Revelation VARs who have attended and spoken at all of the Revelation conferences that I can recall.

Click Here to jump over to SRP’s blog.