WOWODC 2010 Reminder

WOWODC 2010 is going to be held in beautiful Montreal for 3 days in late August (August 27 – 29 inclusive) making it less than two months away. Registration is a bargain at $565 per person, but if you hurry there is an early registration discount ($465) that ends July 11. Group discounts are also available.

I’ll be presenting a couple of sessions this year along with hosting a lab for those using ERModernLook. The full list of presentations is available here.

Since it’s inception, WOWODC has consistently been one of the highlights of my year. If you are using or interested in using WebObjects I highly recommend attending.


World? ERModernLook. ERModernLook? World.

ERModernLook is a modernized DirectToWeb look added to Project Wonder this morning. My sneak peek post from yesterday has a short screencast that gives you an idea of what it looks like.

Some additional details:

ERModernLook Frameworks

  • ERModernLook – contains the standard look page templates
  • ERModernDefaultSkin – contains the css and style resources
  • ERModernDirectToWeb – contains modernized versions of components from ERDirectToWeb

ERModernLook Applications

  • ERModernMoviesDemo – a demo application based on the ERMoviesLogic framework


ERModernLook was designed with the following features in mind:

  • Tableless semantic markup – tables are used but only for tabular data (i.e: list pages).
  • Uses the Ajax framwork to supply pragmatic ajax behaviour.
    • When paginating
    • When switching inner page tabs.
    • In-line editing of related objects.
  • CSS inspired by: “Object-oriented CSS”
  • CSS and style resource are located in a separate skin framework making customizing easier.
  • All buttons/background images are references via CSS and are contained in the skin framework.
  • Enhanced edit relationship page that is embeddable and supports in-line related object editing and creation.
  • Enhanced edit date component based on Unobtrusive Date-Picker Widget V5.
  • Professionally designed default skin.

Getting Started

The easiest way to get started is to watch the demo videos (OK, not just right yet, but there will be demo videos) and then run and play with the ERModernMoviesDemo application. ERModernMoviesDemo uses the ERMoviesLogic framework which has an embedded H2 database and shouldn’t
require any configuration to get running.

The ERModernMoviesDemo can easily be copied and modified to use any business logic framework.

  • Modify the NavigationMenu.plist to customize the main menu.
  • Duplicate and modify the MoviesNavigationController referenced by the session to support your Entities.
  • Modify the user.d2wmodel to support you Entities.

Using your own skin

The CSS resource components in the look pages obtain the name of the framework that contains the css files from the
er.modern.look.skinframework property. This makes creating your own skin as easy as duplicate the ERModernDefaultSkin framework
and change the value of that property in it’s Properties file to match it’s new name.

Known issues

  • The look has seen VERY little testing on IE. Feel free to file bugs, but since I avoid IE at all costs, only bugs with patches will get serious consideration (and probably not at all for IE prior to 7).
  • The look is pretty young, so expect to there to be bugs. We will be using it in production apps so expect any obvious ones to be squashed pretty quickly.

That said, enjoy!


Though it seems only a few weeks ago that WOWODC East wrapped up, it looks like Pascal is already hard at work organizing WOWODC 2010. Based on the success of WOWODC East, WOWODC 2010 will be held in Montreal again and will take place in August of next year. Details (as they become available) can be found here.

Talking about WOWODC, the recordings for both of 2009 WOWODCs are now available for sale. A complete list is available sessions is here and the WOCommunity store is here. Don’t forget that several of the WOWODC sessions were released into the wild for free, and can be found on iTMS or here.