OpenUnderwriter Development

Articles from the OpenUnderwriter team discussing development, design and architecture of the project, include current work and ideas for the future.


GWT Comes to Play

OpenUnderwriter is delighted to announce the arrival of Google Web Toolkit (GWT) into the project.

We chose GWT to provide a richer and more interactive web UI experience for end users of the OpenUnderwriter product suite. We looked at a few other technologies for the job including JQuery, Vaadin and Yahoo-UI, but in the end GWT won through for us on its cross-browser support, flexible internationalisation, responsiveness and rich features. Plus, being Java based makes it consistent with the rest of the OpenUnderwriter project.

Are we being used?

How can you tell how much your open source software is being used?

One of the questions that haunts many open source projects is How much is the thing we're developing really being used? For commercial software, it's an easy question to answer, you can count the licenses. It's indirect of course - you don't know that someone who owns a license is actually using the system - but it is accurate enough for most especially as it generally relates to income!

OpenQuote becomes OpenUnderwriter

OpenQuote still exists, but it is now a component application within OpenUnderwriter.

There has been something of a hiatus in OpenQuote 2.0 development lately, but the break has allowed us extend the scope of OpenQuote which is something we're very excited about. In fact the scope has been extended to the point where the name "OpenQuote" is now simply too restrictive. So we've renamed the whole project.

EA3. Now available in a shop near you

A fortnight has passed since the last release, so it was high time to get another release out with the latest set of fixes and enhancements.

The EA3 release includes two big enhancements along with a collection of smaller fixes. The two big things are the addition of support for multiple PageFlow types and a much enhanced sandpit portlet.

2.0EA1 - so close you can smell it

We're making swift progress towards the first Early Access (EA) release of OpenQuote 2.0.

It's quite a while since I last blogged, but we're making swift progress towards the first Early Access (EA) release of OpenQuote 2.0. If the term EA doesn't mean anything to you, there is a page on the page on the wiki that explains all.

The Diverse Future of PageFlow

Opening up alternative ways for users to communicate with OpenQuote.

Opening up alternative ways for users to communicate with OpenQuote is something we've been giving some thought to lately. While 1.4 had both HTML and XForms support, the reality was pretty much that you could use any markup you wanted as long as it was HTML. In truth, that works fine for most applications, but with our growing focus on Microinsurance we need more flexibility.

Velocity templates... at last.

One of the major changes include in OpenQuote 2.0 is the use of velocity templates to drive the product user interface.

I'm pleased, and not a little relieved, to say that the job is now done. It's been a long haul.

The advantages of implementing UI widgets as velocity templates are enormous in terms of flexibility, especially as it is implemented an intrinsic part of OpenQuote's product structure.

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