(Eng) JsFiddle a very nice tool for developpers

Posted on July 15, 2011

JsOnTheCloudToday, I think that most of the code we make @ Minerva France is Javascript. The simplicity of customizing Aras Innovator for our customers with some javascript scripts is just perfect for us. Doesn’t take a lot of time to develop. We comment the code to make it easy to understand for the IT tech people at our customers site. All this let us provide advanced functionnalities, great look & feel and overall a better user experience, close to web tools they use in their everyday life.

So even if it is pretty quick to develop, we like to have very quick ways to test some scripts or test some libraries that we test for a specific demand from a customer. To do so, we discovered a very nice tool: JSFIDDLE. It’s a website where you can test the whole execution of client-side scripts. You describe the webpage in the HTML panel, you define the style in the CSS panel and you write your scripts. You can call some specific libraries that are embedded in the website such as Mootools, Dojo, Jquery…

jsfiddle

Some samples are available so you can test how it works.

jsfiddle_sample1

In our case we really need this tool whenever we provide charts to our customer’s instances. We use the library highcharts.js to provide live reporting graphs in Aras Innovator and the customizing is completeley in Javascript. If you go in the Forum of this chart library, you see that all the code that they are providing are sent with just a link to this website with all the content they want. This helps to provide javascript code within a live example styled with CSS.

jsfiddle_forum

And here is what it looks like when you make test for highcharts:

JSFIDDLE_Charts

Yoann Maingon

Yoann Maingon

Yoann Maingon is an Entrepreneur and a PLM enthousiast. He is our main blogger at Minerva as he has been publishing articles about General PLM concepts and Aras Innovator for more than three years.

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