Backbase widgets work wonders
Mature AJAX toolkit rewards learners of BXML with highly interactive Web clientsFollow @peterwayner
Backbase Web clients are amazing. The company offers several customizable examples that make it simple to spin up a Web page with objects to drag and drop. One example lets you create four windows with news and weather in them. They float in the browser like real windows float in an OS. It’s no stretch to say you could create a complete Mac-like interface in just a few lines in the HTML file.
About that HTML file: Backbase pages have an HTML suffix and the Web server treats them as such, but these files actually bear little likeness to HTML. They do contain familiar HTML tags, but the most sophisticated Backbase files are filled with Backbase’s own version of XML called BXML.
For instance, a Backbase Web page includes a link tag that starts off with an ‘a’ like a standard link, but it includes unfamiliar attributes such as b:action=‘load’ or b:url=‘window-01.xml’ or b:mode=‘aslastchild.’ These are parsed by the Backbase libraries and interpreted by them.