About Lotus Mashups
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release of Lotus Mashups
has come in 2008 !
Benefits of Lotus Mashups
Easy provides simple operation just to assemble widgets
Agile enables rapid creation of mashup applications
Efficient enables components to be provided as “widgets”
Versatile makes each widget used for multipurpose
But, how can we fully use
In fact, there are large barriers...
・Prerequisites for users
- Need skill to design functions and layouts of
assembled mashup applications
- Need full understanding of each widget wiring definition
・Prerequisites for developers
- Need skill to design convenient and versatile widgets
- Need methods to make each widget wiring definition
precisely understood by users
What a wonderful story
if you can reduce
So we challenge!
・For users (simplify assembling operation)
- Troublesome layout operations can be automated?
- Appropriate widgets can be wired automatically?
・For developers (develop more effectively)
- Widgets can be classified and organized by widget type?
- Widget development process can be standardized
according to widget type?
If we can provide a framework
to assist these improvements,
it would enhance the
value of Lotus Mashups
・Attract a new set of users
・Accelerate wide range developers’
participation in Lotus Mashups
・Build a new community and vitalize market
・Make new related business, such as technical
support and administration of widget library,
come into the market
To begin with,
let’s take a look at
an existing operational process
of Lotus Mashups
An existing operational process
1 - Consider which widgets to compose 2 - Place widgets on a page
- Understand widget wiring interfaces
If you cannot discover the widget you want,
you have to start with creating it.
4 - Wire widgets 3 - Adjust layout
You cannot do it without full
understanding of widget definitions... It is very difficult to make layout well balanced...
A current operation of Mashups page creation
・You have to do the layout and wiring of widgets all manually
After placing widgets you would like to use on a page of Lotus Mashups, you have to adjust
the size and position of widgets by dragging each widget.
As for this size adjustment operation, it is often subtly off the intended position.
And as for the widget wiring operation, you cannot make it work fine without fully
understanding of each widget’s characteristics.
So it takes too much time to fully use those functions.
You cannot wire widgets You cannot wire widgets It is very difficult to make
without full understanding of without full understanding layout well balanced...
widget definitions... of widget definitions...
Now let’s watch
a demo movie of
a current operational