[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-04-04 Thread marius d.



On Apr 2, 6:57 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 One follow up question, relating to the contexts I mentioned earlier:  
 Following my approach mentioned below, let's assume I have a template  
 for embedding. This template contains  the HTML code for a tabular  
 list of data entities. Depending on where the template is embedded,  
 some of the entities' fields should appear as links: There are 2  
 linkable reference fields A and B, and depending on the context,  
 either A, B, or A and B should be rendered as links to the referenced  
 entity.

 This logic obviously can't go into the template. Also, the model's  
 toForm method is unsuitable (having the model referring to a  
 RequestVar seems evil to me). No no, this should go into the snippet,  
 where such logic belongs. But this would mean having to go through the  
 templates XML tree before calling Site.toForm(site, form), enclosing  
 all affected liftf:field elements with the respective links. This  
 sounds very, very wrong.

 Thus, from my current understanding, this context-sensitive rendering  
 of fields is best done using the explicit lift-tag/bind approach. So  
 I'll probably have to have explicit bind calls anyways, and won't be  
 able to use my initial approach of having the mapper class (or it's  
 companion object) fill out the forms itself.

 I'd be happy if someone could prove me wrong ...

I don't necessarily see this in terms of right and wrong. Well your
embeddable template could use a snippet and you can potentially use
chooseTemplate to kind of shape the form template ... then you can
call toForm in this snippet hence passing only the appropriate form
template and not a huge template containing things that do not relate
with your form per se.


 Best,
 Clemens

 PS: Exercise for the reader: Instead of selective linking, have only  
 either A or B be displayed, depending on the embedding context.

 On 31-Mar-09, at 3:59 PM, marius d. wrote:





   Outer Template 
  lift:surround with=default at=content
     h2Create a New Site/h2

     lift:snippet type=SiteOps.add form=post eager_eval=true
       table
         tfoot
           tr
             td colspan=3site:submitSubmit/site:submit/td
           /tr
         /tfoot
         lift:embed what=/sites/_site /
       /table
     /lift:snippet
  /lift:surround
   End Outer Template 

   Embedded Template 
  tbody
  tr
       tdliftf:field_label name=nameName/liftf:field_label:/
  td
       tdliftf:field name=nameA Hospital Site/liftf:field/td
       tdliftf:field_msg name=name //td
  /tr
  /tbody
   End Embedded Template 

   SiteOps 
     def add(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
       val invokedAs = S.invokedAs
       val site = Site.create

       def newSite(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
         def saveMe(): Unit = {
           site.validate match {
             case Nil = site.save ; S.notice(Added  + site.name);
  S.redirectTo(/sites/)
             case xs = S.error(xs) ; S.mapSnippet(invokedAs, newSite)
           }
         }

         bind(site, Site.toForm(site, form), submit -
  submit(Save, saveMe))
       }

       newSite(form)
     }
   End SiteOps 

  The Site.toForm function is pretty much the same as found in
  MetaRecord. It will eventually call each fields' toForm function
  (which are the original Lift 1.0 mapper versions, no changes there).

  Am I really doing things outside the rendering pipeline (this is  
  not a
  rhetorical question)?

  Nope sorry ... I misunderstood your case. By bad entirely.

  It all seems to work, incl. validation.
  Also, the eagerly evaluated template, which will be passed to toForm,
  contains only field tags, no other lift tags.

  Again, imagine a few dozen different entities, each with a ton of
  fields. I'm sure you'll understand that I'm hesitant to bind each
  field manually (once for the list page, once for the display page,
  once for the add page, and again once for the edit page, even though
  the last 2 can surely be combined into one bind call in the code).
  I obviously have to declare each field in the model, and refer to it
  in the view. I really wouldn't mind not having to mention it anywhere
  inbetween.

  This is actually a nice thing to do. Sorry that I misunderstood your
  intentions :)

  Thank you for all your help,
  Clemens

  Clemens Oertel
  clem...@oertel.ca

 Clemens Oertel
 clem...@oertel.ca

 Clemens Oertel
 clem...@oertel.ca
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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-04-03 Thread David Pollak
On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 7:06 AM, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hello,

 Sorry for the delay in my response, but I only get to play with lift on the
 weekends, and I wanted to look into your suggestions in more detail.

 I ported the toForm code from Record to Mapper (and by port, I mean mostly
 cut'n'paste). While doing so, I noticed 2 things:

 - Why not provide the same template mechanism used for forms for HTML
 output? This way I can reuse the same template for both - given that my
 records have at least dozens, if not even hundreds, of fields, that'd be a
 great help.
 - The templates require the use of lift:field and similar tags. I thought
 I'd be really smart, and created a HTML file A with lift-tags
 (lift:SomeClass.add.../lift:SomeClass.add) to run my snippet, and used
 the lift:field tags as children to lift:SomeClass.add. This way, I can
 create my templates externally, and use the normal lift dispatch-from-view
 mechanism. And, to save me some more work, the actual form template is in a
 separate, reusable, HTML file B, to be embedded into A. Embedding, of
 course, requires eager evaluation. Fine. No. With eager evaluation, lift of
 course complains that there is no class field, as referenced by
 lift:field. Now me's wondering whether a separate namespace would be more
 appropriate? (I did switch to a different namespace, liftf, out of
 necessity, but I figure that other people might have similar issues)


 As to the original discussion: I still strongly believe that toForm and
 to/as(X)Html should not be in Mapper/Record. Different story for
 JSON/XML/SQL - those seem to me to be rather functionality complete, no
 problem.
 But form and html creation seem to be something that most users will want
 to adapt to their application's needs eventually - state dependent css
 classes, javascript validation, AJAX form updates... In the examples that
 I've seen so far, this functionality was dealt with in the snippet. So,
 either mapper/record eventually become this super-omnipotent-mega-classes
 that can deal with this functionality to
 (field.toJavaScriptValidatingAndIncrementallyAjaxUpdatingForm ...), or
 form/html generation happens in multiple locations, or the user has to
 override some functions from mapper/record/fields. My beef with this is A)
 that the respective function calls, given their current signature, require
 the respective mapper/record-objects to be fully aware of application state
 for more complex applications; and B) that it is my understanding that
 overriding internal classes of a framework is a bad thing - I'd rather see a
 proper application of the Hollywood principle.


Most web sites I've worked on, there's a default way to display a form and
that default is encapsulated in the model itself.  This encapsulation does
not bar you from building your own form renders, but it does give you nice
default behavior.




 Just wanted to provide an outsider's feedback. Overall, I think lift's just
 fantastic.

 Thank you for listening/reading,
 Clemens

 On 19-Mar-09, at 1:08 PM, marius d. wrote:




 On Mar 18, 11:24 pm, Clemens clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you for your patience, Marius.


 Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to

 different representation of a record without sequential template

 change. So no state dependency.


 , b I'm really not trying to be difficultut having multiple RecordMeta

 instances, for which the HTML output seems to be only one of many

 functionalities, seems to be shooting with canons at sparrows. Having

 a toForm functions that takes some template provider as input could be

 one option.


 Well this is kinda already in there but it's private :) ... See:

 private def _toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

 so to me makes sense to relax it ... to

 public def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq


 ... thanks for reminding me about this :)


 Anyways, I was not even thinking at record level, but rather at field

 level. See below.


 Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction makes a

 lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/mappers

 that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,

 xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that


 (Btw, by context I meant different HTML display contexts.)


 I agree that a field should be able to provide hints about how it

 should be represented, such as max/min length, type, defaults, etc.


 Depending on the logical context within the app I'm working on, a

 record (and thus its fields) can have multiple representations: row in

 a table, complete record as a table, abbreviated record as a table,

 complete form as table, form as row in a table, form with mandatory

 fields only, records have to be printed out as ini-files, etc.

 Unfortunately, it's not me making this stuff up, it's fixed

 requirements.


 At field level, there are also 

[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-04-03 Thread Lee Mighdoll

 Most web sites I've worked on, there's a default way to display a form and
 that default is encapsulated in the model itself.  This encapsulation does
 not bar you from building your own form renders, but it does give you nice
 default behavior.


I found it odd at first too, to find web rendering methods in the data
object classes.  It doesn't bother me particularly.  But it does seem like
keeping Record narrow would encourage broader use of the Record API.

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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-04-02 Thread Clemens Oertel
One follow up question, relating to the contexts I mentioned earlier:  
Following my approach mentioned below, let's assume I have a template  
for embedding. This template contains  the HTML code for a tabular  
list of data entities. Depending on where the template is embedded,  
some of the entities' fields should appear as links: There are 2  
linkable reference fields A and B, and depending on the context,  
either A, B, or A and B should be rendered as links to the referenced  
entity.

This logic obviously can't go into the template. Also, the model's  
toForm method is unsuitable (having the model referring to a  
RequestVar seems evil to me). No no, this should go into the snippet,  
where such logic belongs. But this would mean having to go through the  
templates XML tree before calling Site.toForm(site, form), enclosing  
all affected liftf:field elements with the respective links. This  
sounds very, very wrong.

Thus, from my current understanding, this context-sensitive rendering  
of fields is best done using the explicit lift-tag/bind approach. So  
I'll probably have to have explicit bind calls anyways, and won't be  
able to use my initial approach of having the mapper class (or it's  
companion object) fill out the forms itself.

I'd be happy if someone could prove me wrong ...

Best,
Clemens

PS: Exercise for the reader: Instead of selective linking, have only  
either A or B be displayed, depending on the embedding context.

On 31-Mar-09, at 3:59 PM, marius d. wrote:


  Outer Template 
 lift:surround with=default at=content
h2Create a New Site/h2

lift:snippet type=SiteOps.add form=post eager_eval=true
  table
tfoot
  tr
td colspan=3site:submitSubmit/site:submit/td
  /tr
/tfoot
lift:embed what=/sites/_site /
  /table
/lift:snippet
 /lift:surround
  End Outer Template 

  Embedded Template 
 tbody
 tr
  tdliftf:field_label name=nameName/liftf:field_label:/ 
 td
  tdliftf:field name=nameA Hospital Site/liftf:field/td
  tdliftf:field_msg name=name //td
 /tr
 /tbody
  End Embedded Template 

  SiteOps 
def add(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
  val invokedAs = S.invokedAs
  val site = Site.create

  def newSite(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
def saveMe(): Unit = {
  site.validate match {
case Nil = site.save ; S.notice(Added  + site.name);
 S.redirectTo(/sites/)
case xs = S.error(xs) ; S.mapSnippet(invokedAs, newSite)
  }
}

bind(site, Site.toForm(site, form), submit -
 submit(Save, saveMe))
  }

  newSite(form)
}
  End SiteOps 

 The Site.toForm function is pretty much the same as found in
 MetaRecord. It will eventually call each fields' toForm function
 (which are the original Lift 1.0 mapper versions, no changes there).

 Am I really doing things outside the rendering pipeline (this is  
 not a
 rhetorical question)?

 Nope sorry ... I misunderstood your case. By bad entirely.

 It all seems to work, incl. validation.
 Also, the eagerly evaluated template, which will be passed to toForm,
 contains only field tags, no other lift tags.

 Again, imagine a few dozen different entities, each with a ton of
 fields. I'm sure you'll understand that I'm hesitant to bind each
 field manually (once for the list page, once for the display page,
 once for the add page, and again once for the edit page, even though
 the last 2 can surely be combined into one bind call in the code).
 I obviously have to declare each field in the model, and refer to it
 in the view. I really wouldn't mind not having to mention it anywhere
 inbetween.

 This is actually a nice thing to do. Sorry that I misunderstood your
 intentions :)


 Thank you for all your help,
 Clemens

 Clemens Oertel
 clem...@oertel.ca
 

Clemens Oertel
clem...@oertel.ca



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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-31 Thread Clemens Oertel
Hello,

Sorry for the delay in my response, but I only get to play with lift  
on the weekends, and I wanted to look into your suggestions in more  
detail.

I ported the toForm code from Record to Mapper (and by port, I mean  
mostly cut'n'paste). While doing so, I noticed 2 things:

- Why not provide the same template mechanism used for forms for HTML  
output? This way I can reuse the same template for both - given that  
my records have at least dozens, if not even hundreds, of fields,  
that'd be a great help.
- The templates require the use of lift:field and similar tags. I  
thought I'd be really smart, and created a HTML file A with lift-tags  
(lift:SomeClass.add.../lift:SomeClass.add) to run my snippet, and  
used the lift:field tags as children to lift:SomeClass.add. This  
way, I can create my templates externally, and use the normal lift  
dispatch-from-view mechanism. And, to save me some more work, the  
actual form template is in a separate, reusable, HTML file B, to be  
embedded into A. Embedding, of course, requires eager evaluation.  
Fine. No. With eager evaluation, lift of course complains that there  
is no class field, as referenced by lift:field. Now me's wondering  
whether a separate namespace would be more appropriate? (I did switch  
to a different namespace, liftf, out of necessity, but I figure that  
other people might have similar issues)


As to the original discussion: I still strongly believe that toForm  
and to/as(X)Html should not be in Mapper/Record. Different story for  
JSON/XML/SQL - those seem to me to be rather functionality complete,  
no problem.
But form and html creation seem to be something that most users will  
want to adapt to their application's needs eventually - state  
dependent css classes, javascript validation, AJAX form updates... In  
the examples that I've seen so far, this functionality was dealt with  
in the snippet. So, either mapper/record eventually become this super- 
omnipotent-mega-classes that can deal with this functionality to  
(field.toJavaScriptValidatingAndIncrementallyAjaxUpdatingForm ...), or  
form/html generation happens in multiple locations, or the user has to  
override some functions from mapper/record/fields. My beef with this  
is A) that the respective function calls, given their current  
signature, require the respective mapper/record-objects to be fully  
aware of application state for more complex applications; and B) that  
it is my understanding that overriding internal classes of a framework  
is a bad thing - I'd rather see a proper application of the Hollywood  
principle.

Just wanted to provide an outsider's feedback. Overall, I think lift's  
just fantastic.

Thank you for listening/reading,
Clemens

On 19-Mar-09, at 1:08 PM, marius d. wrote:




 On Mar 18, 11:24 pm, Clemens clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 Thank you for your patience, Marius.

 Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to
 different representation of a record without sequential template
 change. So no state dependency.

 , b I'm really not trying to be difficultut having multiple  
 RecordMeta
 instances, for which the HTML output seems to be only one of many
 functionalities, seems to be shooting with canons at sparrows. Having
 a toForm functions that takes some template provider as input could  
 be
 one option.

 Well this is kinda already in there but it's private :) ... See:

 private def _toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

 so to me makes sense to relax it ... to

 public def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq


 ... thanks for reminding me about this :)


 Anyways, I was not even thinking at record level, but rather at field
 level. See below.

 Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction  
 makes a
 lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/ 
 mappers
 that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,
 xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that

 (Btw, by context I meant different HTML display contexts.)

 I agree that a field should be able to provide hints about how it
 should be represented, such as max/min length, type, defaults, etc.

 Depending on the logical context within the app I'm working on, a
 record (and thus its fields) can have multiple representations: row  
 in
 a table, complete record as a table, abbreviated record as a table,
 complete form as table, form as row in a table, form with mandatory
 fields only, records have to be printed out as ini-files, etc.
 Unfortunately, it's not me making this stuff up, it's fixed
 requirements.

 At field level, there are also different possible representations.  
 For
 example, I would like to be able to represent a record as a tabular
 form, with every input field being shown with its preferred length.  
 In
 addition to this, I would like to have a different form with a fixed
 with multi-column layout; for this form, no input 

[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-31 Thread marius d.



On Mar 31, 5:06 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hello,

 Sorry for the delay in my response, but I only get to play with lift  
 on the weekends, and I wanted to look into your suggestions in more  
 detail.

 I ported the toForm code from Record to Mapper (and by port, I mean  
 mostly cut'n'paste). While doing so, I noticed 2 things:

 - Why not provide the same template mechanism used for forms for HTML  
 output? This way I can reuse the same template for both - given that  
 my records have at least dozens, if not even hundreds, of fields,  
 that'd be a great help.

Well you can load templates from an html file. Please see
LiftSession.findAnyTemplate function.

 - The templates require the use of lift:field and similar tags. I  
 thought I'd be really smart, and created a HTML file A with lift-tags  
 (lift:SomeClass.add.../lift:SomeClass.add) to run my snippet, and  
 used the lift:field tags as children to lift:SomeClass.add. This  
 way, I can create my templates externally, and use the normal lift  
 dispatch-from-view mechanism. And, to save me some more work, the  
 actual form template is in a separate, reusable, HTML file B, to be  
 embedded into A. Embedding, of course, requires eager evaluation.  
 Fine. No. With eager evaluation, lift of course complains that there  
 is no class field, as referenced by lift:field. Now me's wondering  
 whether a separate namespace would be more appropriate? (I did switch  
 to a different namespace, liftf, out of necessity, but I figure that  
 other people might have similar issues)

Well I can understand the urge but we do NOT recommend processing
templates outside of rendering pipeline. You can call
LiftSession.processSurroundAndInclude so that lift tags to be
processed etc. but again it is not recommended. The main reason is
that your functions that you assume to be bounded during this off-
cycle template processing, will not actually be bounded cause it i
happening in the wrong place.

The Record's form template is to allow you to shape the form in any
way you like (from markup perspective). But this template is supposed
to be very very lightweight in terms of lift's tags. It is just an
xhtml fragment and not a full blow page/(lift template).


 As to the original discussion: I still strongly believe that toForm  
 and to/as(X)Html should not be in Mapper/Record. Different story for  
 JSON/XML/SQL - those seem to me to be rather functionality complete,  
 no problem.
 But form and html creation seem to be something that most users will  
 want to adapt to their application's needs eventually - state  
 dependent css classes, javascript validation, AJAX form updates... In  
 the examples that I've seen so far, this functionality was dealt with  
 in the snippet. So, either mapper/record eventually become this super-
 omnipotent-mega-classes that can deal with this functionality to  
 (field.toJavaScriptValidatingAndIncrementallyAjaxUpdatingForm ...), or  
 form/html generation happens in multiple locations, or the user has to  
 override some functions from mapper/record/fields. My beef with this  
 is A) that the respective function calls, given their current  
 signature, require the respective mapper/record-objects to be fully  
 aware of application state for more complex applications; and B) that  
 it is my understanding that overriding internal classes of a framework  
 is a bad thing - I'd rather see a proper application of the Hollywood  
 principle.

 Just wanted to provide an outsider's feedback. Overall, I think lift's  
 just fantastic.

I'm really glad you like Lift !


 Thank you for listening/reading,
 Clemens

 On 19-Mar-09, at 1:08 PM, marius d. wrote:





  On Mar 18, 11:24 pm, Clemens clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
  Thank you for your patience, Marius.

  Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to
  different representation of a record without sequential template
  change. So no state dependency.

  , b I'm really not trying to be difficultut having multiple  
  RecordMeta
  instances, for which the HTML output seems to be only one of many
  functionalities, seems to be shooting with canons at sparrows. Having
  a toForm functions that takes some template provider as input could  
  be
  one option.

  Well this is kinda already in there but it's private :) ... See:

  private def _toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

  so to me makes sense to relax it ... to

  public def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

  ... thanks for reminding me about this :)

  Anyways, I was not even thinking at record level, but rather at field
  level. See below.

  Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction  
  makes a
  lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/
  mappers
  that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,
  xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that

  (Btw, by 

[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-31 Thread Clemens Oertel

Marius:

On 31-Mar-09, at 12:31 PM, marius d. wrote:




 On Mar 31, 5:06 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 - Why not provide the same template mechanism used for forms for HTML
 output? This way I can reuse the same template for both - given that
 my records have at least dozens, if not even hundreds, of fields,
 that'd be a great help.

 Well you can load templates from an html file. Please see
 LiftSession.findAnyTemplate function.

just thought that, since MetaRecord has

def toForm(inst: BaseRecord): NodeSeq
and
def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

it would only be consistent to provide similar means for HTML output.

 Well I can understand the urge but we do NOT recommend processing
 templates outside of rendering pipeline. You can call
 LiftSession.processSurroundAndInclude so that lift tags to be
 processed etc. but again it is not recommended. The main reason is
 that your functions that you assume to be bounded during this off-
 cycle template processing, will not actually be bounded cause it i
 happening in the wrong place.

 The Record's form template is to allow you to shape the form in any
 way you like (from markup perspective). But this template is supposed
 to be very very lightweight in terms of lift's tags. It is just an
 xhtml fragment and not a full blow page/(lift template).

Mmh, maybe there's a misunderstanding. I was only using the template  
as indicated in the source code, or so I thought.

May I just provide an abbreviated version of the code that I come up  
with?

 Outer Template 
lift:surround with=default at=content
   h2Create a New Site/h2

   lift:snippet type=SiteOps.add form=post eager_eval=true
 table
   tfoot
 tr
   td colspan=3site:submitSubmit/site:submit/td
 /tr
   /tfoot
   lift:embed what=/sites/_site /
 /table
   /lift:snippet
/lift:surround
 End Outer Template 

 Embedded Template 
tbody
tr
 tdliftf:field_label name=nameName/liftf:field_label:/td
 tdliftf:field name=nameA Hospital Site/liftf:field/td
 tdliftf:field_msg name=name //td
/tr
/tbody
 End Embedded Template 

 SiteOps 
   def add(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
 val invokedAs = S.invokedAs
 val site = Site.create

 def newSite(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
   def saveMe(): Unit = {
 site.validate match {
   case Nil = site.save ; S.notice(Added  + site.name);  
S.redirectTo(/sites/)
   case xs = S.error(xs) ; S.mapSnippet(invokedAs, newSite)
 }
   }

   bind(site, Site.toForm(site, form), submit -  
submit(Save, saveMe))
 }

 newSite(form)
   }
 End SiteOps 

The Site.toForm function is pretty much the same as found in  
MetaRecord. It will eventually call each fields' toForm function  
(which are the original Lift 1.0 mapper versions, no changes there).

Am I really doing things outside the rendering pipeline (this is not a  
rhetorical question)? It all seems to work, incl. validation.
Also, the eagerly evaluated template, which will be passed to toForm,  
contains only field tags, no other lift tags.

Again, imagine a few dozen different entities, each with a ton of  
fields. I'm sure you'll understand that I'm hesitant to bind each  
field manually (once for the list page, once for the display page,  
once for the add page, and again once for the edit page, even though  
the last 2 can surely be combined into one bind call in the code).
I obviously have to declare each field in the model, and refer to it  
in the view. I really wouldn't mind not having to mention it anywhere  
inbetween.

Thank you for all your help,
Clemens


Clemens Oertel
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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-31 Thread marius d.



On Mar 31, 9:09 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 Marius:

 On 31-Mar-09, at 12:31 PM, marius d. wrote:



  On Mar 31, 5:06 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
  - Why not provide the same template mechanism used for forms for HTML
  output? This way I can reuse the same template for both - given that
  my records have at least dozens, if not even hundreds, of fields,
  that'd be a great help.

  Well you can load templates from an html file. Please see
  LiftSession.findAnyTemplate function.

 just thought that, since MetaRecord has

 def toForm(inst: BaseRecord): NodeSeq
 and
 def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

 it would only be consistent to provide similar means for HTML output.

  Well I can understand the urge but we do NOT recommend processing
  templates outside of rendering pipeline. You can call
  LiftSession.processSurroundAndInclude so that lift tags to be
  processed etc. but again it is not recommended. The main reason is
  that your functions that you assume to be bounded during this off-
  cycle template processing, will not actually be bounded cause it i
  happening in the wrong place.

  The Record's form template is to allow you to shape the form in any
  way you like (from markup perspective). But this template is supposed
  to be very very lightweight in terms of lift's tags. It is just an
  xhtml fragment and not a full blow page/(lift template).

 Mmh, maybe there's a misunderstanding. I was only using the template  
 as indicated in the source code, or so I thought.

 May I just provide an abbreviated version of the code that I come up  
 with?

  Outer Template 
 lift:surround with=default at=content
    h2Create a New Site/h2

    lift:snippet type=SiteOps.add form=post eager_eval=true
      table
        tfoot
          tr
            td colspan=3site:submitSubmit/site:submit/td
          /tr
        /tfoot
        lift:embed what=/sites/_site /
      /table
    /lift:snippet
 /lift:surround
  End Outer Template 

  Embedded Template 
 tbody
 tr
      tdliftf:field_label name=nameName/liftf:field_label:/td
      tdliftf:field name=nameA Hospital Site/liftf:field/td
      tdliftf:field_msg name=name //td
 /tr
 /tbody
  End Embedded Template 

  SiteOps 
    def add(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
      val invokedAs = S.invokedAs
      val site = Site.create

      def newSite(form: NodeSeq): NodeSeq = {
        def saveMe(): Unit = {
          site.validate match {
            case Nil = site.save ; S.notice(Added  + site.name);  
 S.redirectTo(/sites/)
            case xs = S.error(xs) ; S.mapSnippet(invokedAs, newSite)
          }
        }

        bind(site, Site.toForm(site, form), submit -  
 submit(Save, saveMe))
      }

      newSite(form)
    }
  End SiteOps 

 The Site.toForm function is pretty much the same as found in  
 MetaRecord. It will eventually call each fields' toForm function  
 (which are the original Lift 1.0 mapper versions, no changes there).

 Am I really doing things outside the rendering pipeline (this is not a  
 rhetorical question)?

Nope sorry ... I misunderstood your case. By bad entirely.

It all seems to work, incl. validation.
 Also, the eagerly evaluated template, which will be passed to toForm,  
 contains only field tags, no other lift tags.

 Again, imagine a few dozen different entities, each with a ton of  
 fields. I'm sure you'll understand that I'm hesitant to bind each  
 field manually (once for the list page, once for the display page,  
 once for the add page, and again once for the edit page, even though  
 the last 2 can surely be combined into one bind call in the code).
 I obviously have to declare each field in the model, and refer to it  
 in the view. I really wouldn't mind not having to mention it anywhere  
 inbetween.

This is actually a nice thing to do. Sorry that I misunderstood your
intentions :)


 Thank you for all your help,
 Clemens

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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-19 Thread marius d.



On Mar 18, 11:24 pm, Clemens clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 Thank you for your patience, Marius.

  Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to
  different representation of a record without sequential template
  change. So no state dependency.

, b I'm really not trying to be difficultut having multiple RecordMeta
 instances, for which the HTML output seems to be only one of many
 functionalities, seems to be shooting with canons at sparrows. Having
 a toForm functions that takes some template provider as input could be
 one option.

Well this is kinda already in there but it's private :) ... See:

 private def _toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

so to me makes sense to relax it ... to

public def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq


... thanks for reminding me about this :)


 Anyways, I was not even thinking at record level, but rather at field
 level. See below.

  Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction makes a
  lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/mappers
  that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,
  xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that

 (Btw, by context I meant different HTML display contexts.)

 I agree that a field should be able to provide hints about how it
 should be represented, such as max/min length, type, defaults, etc.

 Depending on the logical context within the app I'm working on, a
 record (and thus its fields) can have multiple representations: row in
 a table, complete record as a table, abbreviated record as a table,
 complete form as table, form as row in a table, form with mandatory
 fields only, records have to be printed out as ini-files, etc.
 Unfortunately, it's not me making this stuff up, it's fixed
 requirements.

 At field level, there are also different possible representations. For
 example, I would like to be able to represent a record as a tabular
 form, with every input field being shown with its preferred length. In
 addition to this, I would like to have a different form with a fixed
 with multi-column layout; for this form, no input field must be wider
 than 40 characters. Somehow I have to tell the fields not to make
 themselves wider than 40 characters, and not just use the maximum
 length.

 Again, what it boils down to is the desire to be able to have
 different representations for a single record, and to have different
 possible representations for each field. This while maintaining as
 much encapsulation as possible.

Well for both mapper and record you have the toForm function which is
per field thus allows you to represent the field in any way you like:
your own Node, augment the default node with new attributes etc. And
your implementation can of choose the layout based on your own
context.


 Hence my original idea to have fields provide representation hints
 (eg. I'd like to be 80 characters wide), and then have another
 something that uses these hints for the actual output, while
 potentially adding additional hints/constrains (eg. No one get's more
 than 40 characters), css directives, a little red star in front of
 mandatory fields (based on a rendering hint),  Depending on how
 the record is being displayed, I would use a different something,
 and neither the record nor the fields would have to know anything
 about application context.

Well since you can override the toForm for each field you can add your
own something to it.  Thus you can work with necessary abstractions
to make the field unaware of the application context if that's
what you want but it feels to me that this is an application specific
concern and not a framework one. Personally if I'd need to render a
record/field in different layouts using mapper I'd probably make the
fields aware of the context in which they need to render themselves.
Context is good ! :)


 If I then had a default something, which renders fields the way they
 are rendered right now, and have the various record fields
 (StringField, etc.) call upon this default something whenever their
 toForm-function is called, no one would notice something has changed.
 But I could also call toForm(formRenderer) for non-default rendering.

  it's quire a paradigm shift from ... say MVC mindset. But let's not
  get into a patterns debate now .. we had plenty of those :)

 Agreed.

 Best,
 Clemens
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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-19 Thread marius d.



On Mar 19, 7:08 pm, marius d. marius.dan...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Mar 18, 11:24 pm, Clemens clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:

  Thank you for your patience, Marius.

   Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to
   different representation of a record without sequential template
   change. So no state dependency.

 , b I'm really not trying to be difficultut having multiple RecordMeta
  instances, for which the HTML output seems to be only one of many
  functionalities, seems to be shooting with canons at sparrows. Having
  a toForm functions that takes some template provider as input could be
  one option.

 Well this is kinda already in there but it's private :) ... See:

  private def _toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

 so to me makes sense to relax it ... to

 public def toForm(inst: BaseRecord, template: NodeSeq): NodeSeq

I used public here on purpose  ... :)


 ... thanks for reminding me about this :)





  Anyways, I was not even thinking at record level, but rather at field
  level. See below.

   Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction makes a
   lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/mappers
   that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,
   xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that

  (Btw, by context I meant different HTML display contexts.)

  I agree that a field should be able to provide hints about how it
  should be represented, such as max/min length, type, defaults, etc.

  Depending on the logical context within the app I'm working on, a
  record (and thus its fields) can have multiple representations: row in
  a table, complete record as a table, abbreviated record as a table,
  complete form as table, form as row in a table, form with mandatory
  fields only, records have to be printed out as ini-files, etc.
  Unfortunately, it's not me making this stuff up, it's fixed
  requirements.

  At field level, there are also different possible representations. For
  example, I would like to be able to represent a record as a tabular
  form, with every input field being shown with its preferred length. In
  addition to this, I would like to have a different form with a fixed
  with multi-column layout; for this form, no input field must be wider
  than 40 characters. Somehow I have to tell the fields not to make
  themselves wider than 40 characters, and not just use the maximum
  length.

  Again, what it boils down to is the desire to be able to have
  different representations for a single record, and to have different
  possible representations for each field. This while maintaining as
  much encapsulation as possible.

 Well for both mapper and record you have the toForm function which is
 per field thus allows you to represent the field in any way you like:
 your own Node, augment the default node with new attributes etc. And
 your implementation can of choose the layout based on your own
 context.



  Hence my original idea to have fields provide representation hints
  (eg. I'd like to be 80 characters wide), and then have another
  something that uses these hints for the actual output, while
  potentially adding additional hints/constrains (eg. No one get's more
  than 40 characters), css directives, a little red star in front of
  mandatory fields (based on a rendering hint),  Depending on how
  the record is being displayed, I would use a different something,
  and neither the record nor the fields would have to know anything
  about application context.

 Well since you can override the toForm for each field you can add your
 own something to it.  Thus you can work with necessary abstractions
 to make the field unaware of the application context if that's
 what you want but it feels to me that this is an application specific
 concern and not a framework one. Personally if I'd need to render a
 record/field in different layouts using mapper I'd probably make the
 fields aware of the context in which they need to render themselves.
 Context is good ! :)



  If I then had a default something, which renders fields the way they
  are rendered right now, and have the various record fields
  (StringField, etc.) call upon this default something whenever their
  toForm-function is called, no one would notice something has changed.
  But I could also call toForm(formRenderer) for non-default rendering.

   it's quire a paradigm shift from ... say MVC mindset. But let's not
   get into a patterns debate now .. we had plenty of those :)

  Agreed.

  Best,
  Clemens
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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-18 Thread Clemens Oertel
I admit to only having worked with mapper. I will look closer into  
record, (quick glance: it comes with next-to-the-field messages, nice).

Marius, are you referring to the toForm functions? I'm probably just  
not seeing how to use them in a flexible manner. With respect to  
validation, I was wondering how to apply conditional formatting based  
on failed/succeeded validation.

Maybe a word or two to the background of my questions: I'm currently  
trying to port a web application from RoR to lift. All I know is that  
RoR does not work for me any longer, but I'm not sure where to go yet,  
so I started to look around, and lift seems to be the most promising  
candidate. The heavy exposure to RoR might have tainted my mind, true,  
and I'm open to be shown the light.

Anyways, this app is of medical nature, very database heavy, lots and  
lots of fields. In order to avoid error upon data entry, the record's  
form on screen must looks as closely like the paper version as  
possible. A record's field can appear (and may be edited) in different  
contexts. Sometimes, the same text field is displayed with different  
lengths, the same text area may have different heights, all text  
fields may be limited to a max length of n in some contexts, etc.

Other aspect of the story: While working on the RoR version, the  
directive was: Some boolean fields are to be displayed as drop downs  
with 3 values (empty, yes, no). This now has changed, these boolean  
fields are to be displayed as 3 radio buttons. One of course wants to  
ensure that such a change only affects one area in the code base.

That's what got me wondering: Is the toForm approach the best one for  
my case?

Thanks for listening,
Clemens



On 18-Mar-09, at 3:18 AM, marius d. wrote:


 FWIW please also take a look on Record and formvalidation support.

 Br's,
 Marius

 On Mar 17, 11:07 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hello everybody,

 Still trying to learn how to use lift efficiently and effectively, I
 got a little bit confused about the toForm function in the model/
 mappers. Admittedly, my web framework background may be limited, but
 this looked to me as if some view code snuck into the model space
 there (I must admit that I do like how RoR tries to keep the models
 fairly clean of both controller  code and of view code).

 For my first little project, I was going to encapsulate the HTML  
 field
 formatting into a separate class (similar to what RoR does, but  
 making
 use of the type system).

 This is a very quick brain dump, not running code.

 // The different field types, at a higher level than HTML
 abstract class InputType
 case class TextField extends InputType
 case class DateField extends InputType
 case class DateTimeField extends InputType

 // Rendering hints that an form field formatter may use, could also  
 be
 called FormGenerator ...
 abstract class RenderingHint
 case class MinLength(l: Int) extends RenderingHint
 case class MaxLength(l: Int) extends RenderingHint

 // Input-type aware callback'ed formatter, from the model's  
 perspective
 trait InputTypeHandler {
def handleTextField(fieldID: String, presetValue: String,
 renderingHints: RenderingHint*)

def handleDateField(fieldID: String, presetValue: Date,
 renderingHints: RenderingHint*)

 }

 // A model class using the callback
 class ModelClass {
object aField extends MappedString(this, 128) {
  def inputTypeCallback(InputTypeHandler handler) {
// A reasonable default should/could be pushed upwards in the
 type hierarchy
handler.handleTextField(fieldID, this.is,  
 MaxLength(this.length))
  }
}

 }

 This InputTypeHandler could be a nice spot to deal with validation
 result formatting:

 class AnInputFormatter(errors: List[FieldError]) extends
 InputTypeHandler {
def handleTextField(fieldID: String, presetValue: String,
 renderingHints: RenderingHint*) {
  errors.filter(_._1 == fieldID).match {
case Nil = /* format field normally */
case xs = /* format as error, i.e. red background, error
 messages right of field  */
  }
}

...

 }

 // A snippet
 ...
 val inputFormatter = new AnInputFormatter(errorsFromValidation)
 bind(form, html, aField - aModelClass.aField.
 inputTypeCallback(inputFormatter))
 ...

 Maybe a partial function, potentially on case classes, is better?  
 Many
 options ...

 I'm looking forward to any feedback.

 Best,
 Clemens
 

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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-18 Thread marius d.



On Mar 18, 1:30 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
 I admit to only having worked with mapper. I will look closer into  
 record, (quick glance: it comes with next-to-the-field messages, nice).

 Marius, are you referring to the toForm functions? I'm probably just  
 not seeing how to use them in a flexible manner. With respect to  
 validation, I was wondering how to apply conditional formatting based  
 on failed/succeeded validation.

Yes I am referring to toForm but note that you can provide your own
template. Please see formTemplate. I think the existent scaladocs can
be quite helpful. You can also apply an extremely flexible validation
model. Each field can have multiple validators and when you are
calling S.error(MetaRecord.validate(myRecord)) Lift will automatically
place the error messages near by your fields.

Nevertheless for youimediate needs the Record is probably not very
relevant yet as DB for Recrd is not yet implemented. I was just
pointing out that formsform validations are consistently provided by
Record. I think there is still some level of validation in mappers but
I haven't played with it yet ...


 Maybe a word or two to the background of my questions: I'm currently  
 trying to port a web application from RoR to lift. All I know is that  
 RoR does not work for me any longer, but I'm not sure where to go yet,  
 so I started to look around, and lift seems to be the most promising  
 candidate. The heavy exposure to RoR might have tainted my mind, true,  
 and I'm open to be shown the light.

 Anyways, this app is of medical nature, very database heavy, lots and  
 lots of fields. In order to avoid error upon data entry, the record's  
 form on screen must looks as closely like the paper version as  
 possible. A record's field can appear (and may be edited) in different  
 contexts. Sometimes, the same text field is displayed with different  
 lengths, the same text area may have different heights, all text  
 fields may be limited to a max length of n in some contexts, etc.

 Other aspect of the story: While working on the RoR version, the  
 directive was: Some boolean fields are to be displayed as drop downs  
 with 3 values (empty, yes, no). This now has changed, these boolean  
 fields are to be displayed as 3 radio buttons. One of course wants to  
 ensure that such a change only affects one area in the code base.

 That's what got me wondering: Is the toForm approach the best one for  
 my case?

 Thanks for listening,
 Clemens

 On 18-Mar-09, at 3:18 AM, marius d. wrote:





  FWIW please also take a look on Record and formvalidation support.

  Br's,
  Marius

  On Mar 17, 11:07 pm, Clemens Oertel clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
  Hello everybody,

  Still trying to learn how to use lift efficiently and effectively, I
  got a little bit confused about the toForm function in the model/
  mappers. Admittedly, my web framework background may be limited, but
  this looked to me as if some view code snuck into the model space
  there (I must admit that I do like how RoR tries to keep the models
  fairly clean of both controller  code and of view code).

  For my first little project, I was going to encapsulate the HTML  
  field
  formatting into a separate class (similar to what RoR does, but  
  making
  use of the type system).

  This is a very quick brain dump, not running code.

  // The different field types, at a higher level than HTML
  abstract class InputType
  case class TextField extends InputType
  case class DateField extends InputType
  case class DateTimeField extends InputType

  // Rendering hints that an form field formatter may use, could also  
  be
  called FormGenerator ...
  abstract class RenderingHint
  case class MinLength(l: Int) extends RenderingHint
  case class MaxLength(l: Int) extends RenderingHint

  // Input-type aware callback'ed formatter, from the model's  
  perspective
  trait InputTypeHandler {
     def handleTextField(fieldID: String, presetValue: String,
  renderingHints: RenderingHint*)

     def handleDateField(fieldID: String, presetValue: Date,
  renderingHints: RenderingHint*)

  }

  // A model class using the callback
  class ModelClass {
     object aField extends MappedString(this, 128) {
       def inputTypeCallback(InputTypeHandler handler) {
         // A reasonable default should/could be pushed upwards in the
  type hierarchy
         handler.handleTextField(fieldID, this.is,  
  MaxLength(this.length))
       }
     }

  }

  This InputTypeHandler could be a nice spot to deal with validation
  result formatting:

  class AnInputFormatter(errors: List[FieldError]) extends
  InputTypeHandler {
     def handleTextField(fieldID: String, presetValue: String,
  renderingHints: RenderingHint*) {
       errors.filter(_._1 == fieldID).match {
         case Nil = /* format field normally */
         case xs = /* format as error, i.e. red background, error
  messages right of field  */
       }
     }

     

[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-18 Thread Clemens

 Yes I am referring to toForm but note that you can provide your own
 template. Please see formTemplate.

I did, thanks for the pointer. formTemplate applies to the record as a
whole, right? If I want to render a record differently, I could set
different templates one after the other - even though this introduces
more evil state dependence.

Just trying to figure out how to how to solve my case where a field is
supposed to be rendered differently in different contexts - a single
asXHtml variable doesn't seem to allow this.

Also, all the formatting happens in what I thought was the DB
abstraction layer, which still makes context-sensitive formatting
difficult (again, as I understand things right know) - it's just
personal style, but I like to keep control flow and view stuff outside
my data models.

But record promises to give me a lot more flexibility than mapper,
that's great.

 I think the existent scaladocs can
 be quite helpful.

Point taken ;-)

 Nevertheless for youimediate needs the Record is probably not very
 relevant yet as DB for Recrd is not yet implemented. I was just
 pointing out that formsform validations are consistently provided by
 Record. I think there is still some level of validation in mappers but
 I haven't played with it yet ...

Oh, the validation is working just fine with mapper. It's only the
lack of flexibility with respect to automated output that's I'm
talking about.

Best,
Clemens

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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-18 Thread marius d.



On Mar 18, 8:54 pm, Clemens clemens.oer...@gmail.com wrote:
  Yes I am referring to toForm but note that you can provide your own
  template. Please see formTemplate.

 I did, thanks for the pointer. formTemplate applies to the record as a
 whole, right? If I want to render a record differently, I could set
 different templates one after the other - even though this introduces
 more evil state dependence.

Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to
different representation of a record without sequential template
change. So no state dependency.


 Just trying to figure out how to how to solve my case where a field is
 supposed to be rendered differently in different contexts - a single
 asXHtml variable doesn't seem to allow this.

 Also, all the formatting happens in what I thought was the DB
 abstraction layer, which still makes context-sensitive formatting
 difficult (again, as I understand things right know) - it's just
 personal style, but I like to keep control flow and view stuff outside
 my data models.

Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction makes a
lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/mappers
that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,
xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that
it's quire a paradigm shift from ... say MVC mindset. But let's not
get into a patterns debate now .. we had plenty of those :)


 But record promises to give me a lot more flexibility than mapper,
 that's great.

  I think the existent scaladocs can
  be quite helpful.

 Point taken ;-)

  Nevertheless for youimediate needs the Record is probably not very
  relevant yet as DB for Recrd is not yet implemented. I was just
  pointing out that formsform validations are consistently provided by
  Record. I think there is still some level of validation in mappers but
  I haven't played with it yet ...

 Oh, the validation is working just fine with mapper. It's only the
 lack of flexibility with respect to automated output that's I'm
 talking about.

I'm sorry maybe I'm missing something but can you give a Minimalistic
example that would yield the lack of flexibility of Mapper for your
needs? Perhaps we can improve things or perhaps certain things are
already there waiting to be discovered.


 Best,
 Clemens
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[Lift] Re: Forms validation formatter

2009-03-18 Thread Clemens

Thank you for your patience, Marius.

 Well you can use different RecordMeta implementations if you need to
 different representation of a record without sequential template
 change. So no state dependency.

I'm really not trying to be difficult, but having multiple RecordMeta
instances, for which the HTML output seems to be only one of many
functionalities, seems to be shooting with canons at sparrows. Having
a toForm functions that takes some template provider as input could be
one option.

Anyways, I was not even thinking at record level, but rather at field
level. See below.

 Well keeping close view representation and backend abstraction makes a
 lot of sense as it reduces lots of complexity. Having records/mappers
 that know how to represent themselves in different contexts (DB,
 xhtml) brings a lot of benefits an simplicity. I admit thought that

(Btw, by context I meant different HTML display contexts.)

I agree that a field should be able to provide hints about how it
should be represented, such as max/min length, type, defaults, etc.

Depending on the logical context within the app I'm working on, a
record (and thus its fields) can have multiple representations: row in
a table, complete record as a table, abbreviated record as a table,
complete form as table, form as row in a table, form with mandatory
fields only, records have to be printed out as ini-files, etc.
Unfortunately, it's not me making this stuff up, it's fixed
requirements.

At field level, there are also different possible representations. For
example, I would like to be able to represent a record as a tabular
form, with every input field being shown with its preferred length. In
addition to this, I would like to have a different form with a fixed
with multi-column layout; for this form, no input field must be wider
than 40 characters. Somehow I have to tell the fields not to make
themselves wider than 40 characters, and not just use the maximum
length.

Again, what it boils down to is the desire to be able to have
different representations for a single record, and to have different
possible representations for each field. This while maintaining as
much encapsulation as possible.

Hence my original idea to have fields provide representation hints
(eg. I'd like to be 80 characters wide), and then have another
something that uses these hints for the actual output, while
potentially adding additional hints/constrains (eg. No one get's more
than 40 characters), css directives, a little red star in front of
mandatory fields (based on a rendering hint),  Depending on how
the record is being displayed, I would use a different something,
and neither the record nor the fields would have to know anything
about application context.

If I then had a default something, which renders fields the way they
are rendered right now, and have the various record fields
(StringField, etc.) call upon this default something whenever their
toForm-function is called, no one would notice something has changed.
But I could also call toForm(formRenderer) for non-default rendering.

 it's quire a paradigm shift from ... say MVC mindset. But let's not
 get into a patterns debate now .. we had plenty of those :)

Agreed.

Best,
Clemens

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