[TYPO3-50-general] The successor of TCA?

Thomas Maroschik tmaroschik at dfau.de
Tue Jul 6 09:39:34 CEST 2010

On T3DD10 I talked with Sebastian Kurfürst regarding XUL as the 
successor of the View layer of TCA. I would like to release the topic 
for discussion.

If the data binding is completely mapped by domain models. XUL could be 
used for form-view-templates. By this way you could avoid Ext-Direct 
calls in controllers and create an abstract view template for data sets
on per data set type base (e.g. individual views for news and calender 
items). Within XUL might also be fluid for special cases and thus be 
used in the XML-metric. The advantage of XUL would be the simple 
validation through schemas and preview functionality in Firefox or Gecko 
browser similar to HTML templates. Further, there are some IDEs that 
assist you in writing/designing the stuff: https://wiki.mozilla.org/XUL:IDE

For the XUL templates a renderer could be written that outputs ExtJs. As 
far as I've seen there are many similarities between components. Next 
XUL is extendable with your own components. For alternative backends the 
view could be sent to another renderer that outputs for example an 
iphone backend. The form logic would be the same.

I would appreciate feedback. I suspect that this topic from the 
beginning is not met with great acceptance because XUL is still not as 
popular as it should.

Thomas Maroschik

More information about the TYPO3-project-5_0-general mailing list