Friday, November 17th, 2006

TIBCO General Interface 3.2 Released: Check out our exclusive screencast

Category: Announcements, Interview, JavaScript, Library, TIBCO, Toolkit

TIBCO General Interface 3.2 has been officially released.This is a big release as it contains two big changes:

  • Open Source License. Yes, GI is open source!
  • Firefox support

There are many other items of interest too, such as SVG charting, and the load time optimizations.Ben and I got to sit down with Luke Birdeau, the Lead Engineer of TIBCO General Interface. We got to interview him, and also did a screencast with him to get a better understanding of the TIBCO GI toolkit.

The screencast covers:

  • The TIBCO GI interface. Loading up your dev environment in Firefox
  • Using the new to 3.2 Matrix component that slices and dices
  • Using the drag and drop interface to quickly put together an Ajax component or application
  • Using rich trees (as part of the Matrix) and some of the more advanced abilities
  • Using a datamapper to bring in data via any service endpoint (XML over HTTP, JSON, WSDL, etc)

It is really worth checking out this short screencast as it shows you what a pow
erful tool GI is, and we are constantly surprised at how fast and feature full i
t is. Sometimes we get excited at a new Foo components for Prototype, and then
we remember that GI has hundreds of components :)

TIBCO Screencast

Posted by Dion Almaer at 9:24 am

4.1 rating from 32 votes


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With Adobe abandoning the SVG plugin seems like SVG is a dead-end technology. I’d go flash…97% browser penetration. Wonder why they chose SVG?

Comment by joe — November 17, 2006

Hopefully time will come when browsers will have native support for complete svg.

Comment by dart — November 17, 2006

re: GI’s charts & SVG… GI’s charts are implemented as javascript objects. GI’s had vector charts for about 2 years in IE rendering as VML. Now that FX supports native vector rendering, these javascript chart objects also render SVG to FX.

The main point is that you need not worry about VML/SVG differences. GI handles that. And FWIW–if you wanted to embed flash charts you have, nothing prevents you from doing that with GI.

Comment by Kevin Hakman — November 17, 2006

It kills the browser while loading, and then doesn’t look very good! Not impressed.

Comment by Animal — November 17, 2006

The video looks pretty impressive to me. I don’t think I’ve seen a more complex piece of ajax work actually.

Comment by Will — November 18, 2006


The “Examples and Demos” link.

Comment by Animal — November 20, 2006

Animal, I tried your link but it killed my browser.

Comment by George Steel — November 20, 2006

Never mind. I switched computers and it came up nicely. You did a very fine job and should be very proud.

Comment by George Steel — November 20, 2006

Not my work! It’s this guy’s:

Although I’ve contributed some snippets.

All available to anyone under a BSD licence.

Comment by Animal — November 21, 2006

i have been using tibco gi now for 3 months, and while i have to say if has been a steep climb, but compared to other toolkits it is amazing.

recommended to anyone serious about an ajax interface especially for business users. the new matrix component is excellent, and a really nice APi that is well documented.

plus, do the online tutorials! a must

Comment by steveb — November 23, 2006

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