[OOTB-addons] status of AAAR addon

Martin Cosgrave martin at ocretail.com
Mon Jun 1 16:55:53 BST 2015

Thanks for the reply Francesco, being late is no problem.

It's not really a big issue with the UI but I started thinking if we 
have multiple plugins who all want real estate in the main layout then 
it could get messy. Perhaps we can think of a menu just for the OOTB 
plugins and get everyone who wants their plugin accepted into honeycomb 
to conform to a UI standard.

However I am definitely not the UI guy which is why I included the 
addons and distro groups in the conversation. You probably have a better 
idea than me of how something like this could be achieved.


On 01/06/15 11:14, Francesco Corti wrote:
> Hi Martin,
> Sorry for the late reply but I was out for a couple of days.
> It's the first time I hear about problem about the layout (the menu 
> item is very simple).
> I'll work on it to understand and support for the solution.
> I understand (and agree on) that the plugin should not have an impact 
> on the layout so I could suggest also different paths: why not a AAAR 
> dashlet instead of a menu item?
> In any case I'm available for other solutions and integrations.
> Cheers,
> -F
> 2015-05-28 22:50 GMT+02:00 Martin Cosgrave <martin at ocretail.com 
> <mailto:martin at ocretail.com>>:
>     Hi Francesco
>     Just to let you know that Daren and I have evaluated your plugin
>     for this release, and mostly due to the fact that it requires a
>     separate server, and we want to get 1.0 out soon, we decided to
>     push it to 1.1. No scheduled date for that yet. In fact we need to
>     work out a generic way of getting services on other servers into
>     the build, so we can support external solr as well as pentaho, but
>     that's another story :-)
>     Daren had a UI issue after adding AAAR, for him it is consistent
>     between different installs, but I didn't see it myself, you can
>     see here: https://github.com/marsbard/puppet-alfresco/issues/59
>     One final thing, the AAAR menu is quite prominent in the top menu;
>     if we are planning to incorporate many different 'best of breed'
>     plugins in our honeycomb edition it will be important not to give
>     undue screen real estate to any individual unless absolutely
>     necessary. Would it be difficult for you to make that UI element
>     optional?
>     I hadn't really thought about the UI until this point but in fact
>     we really need to tie all the honeycomb addons into a unified menu
>     of some sort. If you have any thoughts on this let me know
>     (basically needs to be extensible for new addons in a simple way).
>     Just realised there are some themes here that could do with wider
>     discussion so copying in ootb-distro@ and ootb-addons@
>     Martin

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