Think I am moving forward with Sedna now, thanks to the Cheat Sheet, which I found invaluable when rebuilding my demo systems.
This document is essential for all of us whilst we are still learning how to get the new version up and running.
I have finally taken the plunge and gone with a separate Sharepoint VMWare, which is also my domain controller, and this configuration works really well. You do need a sizable machine (I am running on a dual core Dell with 4Gb ram) but the domain controller / sharepoint server makes it more like real life.
I am a little concerned about the numerous versions that seem to be flowing out of R&D recently, the second one released end of last week, 25th, with versions release on 8th April and 17th March. I would prefer to see these as hot fixes, as I don't want to go through the pain of installation again, and want a stable base to start really selling this stuff.
Friday, 4 April 2008
Well, I finally have a demonstrable version of sedna up and running.
- One click install - an improvement over the install nightmares I have seen in Windows clients.
- Smart Client interface - very clean, very useable, very customisable
- Forms - well, they could not get much worse than in Active client
- Client / Server Tasks - once I have got my head around it all, I am sure, as we are in the .NET world, we can really take huge strides to produce efficient, complex solutions.
- Ability to use vbscript / VB dlls
- Sharepoint Portals - What a luxury!
- Outlook integration - I think this is going to be the killer part for people to upgrade.
- No Pivotal agents - The import utility is useful, but not a patch on what could be done in Pivotal agents on the fly. Leads to more work for customisers to do the bespoke import jobs.
- Documentation - still pretty poor.
- Need CMS 6.1 desperately.
- No pretty looking Portals OOB, would prefer to see several graphs etc being used.
- No undo in the form designer