Monday, November 7th, 2005

Monkeygrease: Greasemonkey Inverted

Category: Java

<p>If you’ve attended one of our Ajax talks or listened to our Podcasts, you know that we’re big fans of Greasemonkey, the little Firefox plug-in that lets you modify web applications.

Rich Manalang recently pinged us about Monkeygrease, which he describes as:

basically a server-side Greasemonkey for J2EE web apps

It’s a servlet filter (sorry for the Java speak) that lets you decorate your web pages as they are served up. This is incredibly useful for “COTS” (commercial, off-the-shelf) applications deployed in your company that you want to tweak with a bit without reverse engineering (e.g., JIRA).

After installing the filter, you specify the injections via a special XML file:

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Very cool, Rich!

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 4:16 pm
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This targets closed-source J2EE apps. Many large companies run lots of these, usually with hundreds of users, and usually the apps UIs suck.

A servlet filter is something like PHP’s ob_start function:
http://us2.php.net/manual/en/function.ob-start.php

Comment by Jeremy Dunck — November 13, 2005

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