I know, it’s been too long. What can I say? I’ve been busy. Really, really busy.
- MooTools ART: HUE makes a liberal use of MooTools ART for windowing, nice looking buttons and inputs, icons and more. There’s still a lot of CSS stuff going on of course, but HUE looks as good as it does in large part due to ART. The code is pretty stable. You can download and play with the ART Widgets to see how it works. Before we can release all this stuff though we need to document it all and so it’ll likely be a while longer before there’s an official download on MooTools.net.
There are some more detailed posts about HUE on Cloudera’s blog, one that gives a nice overview of what it does and one that I posted today that gives an overview of how to develop your own applications on it.
It’s worth noting that HUE, as it is right now, is focused on supporting application development for the Hadoop ecosystem, but there’s nothing stopping it from being used for something else. The Desktop system itself doesn’t depend on Hadoop. If I had the time to make it stand alone I’d call it the MooTools Desktop. If you find yourself wishing you had such a thing, don’t hesitate to fork the code and work on it or to hop on the HUE Developer Google Group to ask questions or make suggestions.
Now that most of my work is open source I hope that in the coming weeks and months I’ll be able to post more often. When ART is released I’ll probably write about how to use it more. Right now the Behavior framework is part of the ART-Widgets repository but maybe I’ll release that sooner if enough of you are interested in it…