Fluid Architecture Summit, Summer 2007

Colin Clark colin.clark at utoronto.ca
Wed May 30 23:07:59 UTC 2007

Hi everyone,

Architecture, design, and modeling are critical to building a viable 
framework that will support Fluid's goals of enabling flexible, reusable 
user interface components. To this end, I would like to schedule a Fluid 
Project face-to-face architecture meeting here in Toronto. This meeting 
will be an opportunity to discuss technical design and integration of 
the Fluid framework into Sakai, uPortal, and beyond. My hope is that we 
can structure this event as a couple of days of focussed meetings 
followed by a few days of informal coding sessions. This will give us a 
chance to review our work to date, refine models, and actually 
collaborate on some new user interface components.

Here are some of the topics I'm thinking of:

* Architecture and modeling for:
   * the Fluid framework
   * components
   * transformation engine
* Preferred JavaScript/AJAX  toolkits
* Support for server-side presentation frameworks
* Component design and development
* Security policies and testing
* Integration of Fluid into Sakai, uPortal, and other applications

Please let me know if you have ideas for other topics and agenda items.

Scheduling is flexible, but early August seems ideal to me for a number 
of reasons. By August, we'll be at a point where we've done some 
in-depth evaluation of JavaScript toolkits and we'll have completed 
several iterations of the design material and coding for the first few 
prototype Fluid components. Hopefully this will provide a good 
foundation on which to base our discussion of technical strategy and 
architecture as a group.

I'd like to see at least one developer from each of the core partners 
attend, and of course the invitation is open to others within the 
community who would like to be involved. How does August 6-10 here in 
Toronto sound?

Let me know,


Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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