Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Web forms for arbitrary XML content

Web Forms with InfoPath

Last week, we looked at an easy way to generate online forms for editing arbitrary data (i.e., XML defined by an XML schema). With the help of an MSDN article, the InfoPath application and a lot of patience, we finally managed to get a generic data managing application online that can be extended with new forms semi-automatically generated from XML schemas. It is not particularly efficient in the browser, but it saves the headache of having to develop the form manually.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Preparations for the new Semester

EDU activities
The lecture period of the summer semester starts in 4 weeks. This time, I’ll be conducting a joined seminar / pro-seminar on Semantic Web, and a lecture-related tutorial on protocols of distributed systems. Following the feedback from last semester, the next tutorial will contain a lot of practical, hands-on exercises which I am currently preparing. The registration form for the seminar is now available online at the TUC registration service.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

WAM Architecture Manager

Distributed System Architecture Browser

During the last few days, I started working on a new tool to keep track all the applications and services we have deployed. The WAM architecture manager can be used to manage a distributed architecture of Web applications, Web services and Federation infrastructure services, based on the WebComposition Architecture Model (WAM). Its public functionality of the browser can be seen online, while logged in administrators can also register new components or modify existing entries.