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Ripgiblet

Hi Pivot,

 

My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the main part of the application.

How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?

 

BACKGROUND:

I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main program.)

 

Regards,

Mark

 

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Roger Whitcomb-2

Hi Mark,

                Welcome to Pivot.  I’m sorry that you’re having trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it some kind of RPC, or what)? 

                Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is probably no real reason we couldn’t have a third type of application (maybe an “EmbeddedApplicationContext” that would act more like the GUI object that you’re talking about).  At this moment I wouldn’t know exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don’t know of any technical reason why it couldn’t be done.  At some point you have to hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event handling (event loop) for it, but that (I’m pretty sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the main program of the application), but maybe more like BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped inside a browser as an applet).

                There should be no reason you couldn’t pass application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn’t use that with Pivot also.  Unless I’m misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So, maybe you could explain a bit more.

                Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get you going!

 

~Roger

 

From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

 

Hi Pivot,

 

My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the main part of the application.

How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?

 

BACKGROUND:

I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main program.)

 

Regards,

Mark

 

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Ripgiblet

Hi Roger,

 

Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML parser to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel mGUIPanel = new GUIPanel() from my main application class that controlled various devices and the database connections; 

Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc…

The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a GUI, but I guess I can hack around that…

 

I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return type(Just calls main and then returns the reference….)

Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric… It just that my diagrams would then need to change… and they would not look at neat:]

 

Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:] It would be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to use Pivot from main…

 

PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the Component Explorer needs to be finished;]

PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki… to try to minimise the learning cliff;]

Regards,

Mark.

 

From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

 

Hi Mark,

                Welcome to Pivot.  I’m sorry that you’re having trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it some kind of RPC, or what)? 

                Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is probably no real reason we couldn’t have a third type of application (maybe an “EmbeddedApplicationContext” that would act more like the GUI object that you’re talking about).  At this moment I wouldn’t know exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don’t know of any technical reason why it couldn’t be done.  At some point you have to hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event handling (event loop) for it, but that (I’m pretty sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the main program of the application), but maybe more like BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped inside a browser as an applet).

                There should be no reason you couldn’t pass application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn’t use that with Pivot also.  Unless I’m misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So, maybe you could explain a bit more.

                Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get you going!

 

~Roger

 

From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

 

Hi Pivot,

 

My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the main part of the application.

How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?

 

BACKGROUND:

I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main program.)

 

Regards,

Mark

 

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Sandro Martini
Hi all,

> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the main part of the application.
>
> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?

Under trunk (for Pivot-2.1.0, still in development) I put some new
classes related to this:
ApplicationWithProperties and ApplicationWithPropertiesTest .

Take a look and tell us if there is something that should be
updated/improved, even for your needs.


Note that some month ago I put some test Groovy scripts and classes
under Pivot-Stuff (
http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-stuff/ ) in the
project pivot-stuff-common-groovy ... under scripts and test you can
find some minimal example fro using Pivot in a little different way.
As soon as I find some time I should update these examples (or add
others) using the new method added in ApplicationWithProperties , so
for example I could get GroovyClassLoader from Groovy and set into
Pivot application, etc ... I hope this can help you.


Bye,
Sandro


2014/1/21 Mark R. Chambers <[hidden email]>:

> Hi Roger,
>
>
>
> Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML parser
> to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel mGUIPanel =
> new GUIPanel() from my main application class that controlled various
> devices and the database connections;
>
> Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc…
>
> The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a GUI, but I
> guess I can hack around that…
>
>
>
> I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe
> mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return type(Just calls
> main and then returns the reference….)
>
> Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric… It just that my
> diagrams would then need to change… and they would not look at neat:]
>
>
>
> Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:] It would
> be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to use Pivot from
> main…
>
>
>
> PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the
> documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the Component
> Explorer needs to be finished;]
>
> PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki… to try to minimise
> the learning cliff;]
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark.
>
>
>
> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
>
>
> Hi Mark,
>
>                 Welcome to Pivot.  I’m sorry that you’re having trouble, but
> let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell me what the
> original application was written in (i.e., what GUI framework you were
> using)?  How did you pass information back and forth between the GUI and the
> main application before (i.e., was it some kind of RPC, or what)?
>
>                 Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a
> desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use
> DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is probably
> no real reason we couldn’t have a third type of application (maybe an
> “EmbeddedApplicationContext” that would act more like the GUI object that
> you’re talking about).  At this moment I wouldn’t know exactly how to go
> about writing such a class, but I don’t know of any technical reason why it
> couldn’t be done.  At some point you have to hook into AWT and connect to a
> GUI widget and the event handling (event loop) for it, but that (I’m pretty
> sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than
> DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the main
> program of the application), but maybe more like BrowserApplicationContext
> (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped inside a browser as an applet).
>
>                 There should be no reason you couldn’t pass application
> arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the command line stuff
> even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or some other RPC mechanism,
> why you couldn’t use that with Pivot also.  Unless I’m misunderstanding the
> way your app is architected.  So, maybe you could explain a bit more.
>
>                 Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get you
> going!
>
>
>
> ~Roger
>
>
>
> From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
>
>
> Hi Pivot,
>
>
>
> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the main
> part of the application.
>
> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a
> pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>
>
>
> BACKGROUND:
>
> I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component with
> Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I previously just had
> a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI etc. and I could pass state
> information and values back to the main application. Is there any way to do
> this with pivot? Or do I need to modify the pivot src? (Or choose another
> GUI option, although I have battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my
> GUI, and now find out that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back
> to the main program.)
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark
>
>
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Roger Whitcomb-2
So, our application is a desktop app, but there is a considerable amount of work that is done in the "main" method of the application before it ever calls DesktopApplicationContext.main(...), which in turn invokes the "startup" method of the main class, and etc.  So, there is no particular reason that you can't create an application class that has all the variables / state that you need, and when you need to display the GUI, at that time, call DesktopApplicationContext.main....  And as Sandro has said, his new classes give you some further help passing state into the Pivot application (in addition to what I just described).

HTH,
~Roger

-----Original Message-----
From: Sandro Martini [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:39 AM
To: Users - Apache Pivot
Subject: Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

Hi all,

> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the main part of the application.
>
> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?

Under trunk (for Pivot-2.1.0, still in development) I put some new classes related to this:
ApplicationWithProperties and ApplicationWithPropertiesTest .

Take a look and tell us if there is something that should be updated/improved, even for your needs.


Note that some month ago I put some test Groovy scripts and classes under Pivot-Stuff ( http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-stuff/ ) in the project pivot-stuff-common-groovy ... under scripts and test you can find some minimal example fro using Pivot in a little different way.
As soon as I find some time I should update these examples (or add
others) using the new method added in ApplicationWithProperties , so for example I could get GroovyClassLoader from Groovy and set into Pivot application, etc ... I hope this can help you.


Bye,
Sandro


2014/1/21 Mark R. Chambers <[hidden email]>:

> Hi Roger,
>
>
>
> Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML
> parser to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel
> mGUIPanel = new GUIPanel() from my main application class that
> controlled various devices and the database connections;
>
> Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc...
>
> The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a GUI,
> but I guess I can hack around that...
>
>
>
> I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe
> mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return type(Just
> calls main and then returns the reference....)
>
> Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric... It just
> that my diagrams would then need to change... and they would not look at
> neat:]
>
>
>
> Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:] It
> would be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to use
> Pivot from main...
>
>
>
> PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the
> documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the Component
> Explorer needs to be finished;]
>
> PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki... to try to
> minimise the learning cliff;]
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark.
>
>
>
> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
>
>
> Hi Mark,
>
>                 Welcome to Pivot.  I'm sorry that you're having
> trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell
> me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI
> framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and
> forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it some kind of RPC, or what)?
>
>                 Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a
> desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use
> DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is
> probably no real reason we couldn't have a third type of application
> (maybe an "EmbeddedApplicationContext" that would act more like the
> GUI object that you're talking about).  At this moment I wouldn't know
> exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don't know of any
> technical reason why it couldn't be done.  At some point you have to
> hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event handling
> (event loop) for it, but that (I'm pretty
> sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than
> DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the
> main program of the application), but maybe more like
> BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped inside a browser as an applet).
>
>                 There should be no reason you couldn't pass
> application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the
> command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or
> some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn't use that with Pivot also.  
> Unless I'm misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So, maybe you could explain a bit more.
>
>                 Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get
> you going!
>
>
>
> ~Roger
>
>
>
> From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
>
>
> Hi Pivot,
>
>
>
> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI
> the main part of the application.
>
> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start
> a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>
>
>
> BACKGROUND:
>
> I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component
> with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I
> previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI
> etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main
> application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to
> modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have
> battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out
> that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main
> program.)
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark
>
>


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Ripgiblet
Hi All,

Thanks Sandros for your feedback I will take a look at the classes.
Roger I don't understand how you think you can call
DesktopApplicationContect.main after you create a class and still pass
variables back and forwards, unless you are talking using super for the
constructor, which has the same problems as using Startup.
Currently I have changed my code so the main class extends Application and
then I change the constructor to the Startup method, it works fine, but does
make the application GUI centric...

Anyway thanks again both of you for your support.

Regards,
Mark.
-----Original Message-----
From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:36 AM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

So, our application is a desktop app, but there is a considerable amount of
work that is done in the "main" method of the application before it ever
calls DesktopApplicationContext.main(...), which in turn invokes the
"startup" method of the main class, and etc.  So, there is no particular
reason that you can't create an application class that has all the variables
/ state that you need, and when you need to display the GUI, at that time,
call DesktopApplicationContext.main....  And as Sandro has said, his new
classes give you some further help passing state into the Pivot application
(in addition to what I just described).

HTH,
~Roger

-----Original Message-----
From: Sandro Martini [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:39 AM
To: Users - Apache Pivot
Subject: Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

Hi all,

> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the
main part of the application.
>
> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a
pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?

Under trunk (for Pivot-2.1.0, still in development) I put some new classes
related to this:
ApplicationWithProperties and ApplicationWithPropertiesTest .

Take a look and tell us if there is something that should be
updated/improved, even for your needs.


Note that some month ago I put some test Groovy scripts and classes under
Pivot-Stuff ( http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-stuff/ ) in
the project pivot-stuff-common-groovy ... under scripts and test you can
find some minimal example fro using Pivot in a little different way.
As soon as I find some time I should update these examples (or add
others) using the new method added in ApplicationWithProperties , so for
example I could get GroovyClassLoader from Groovy and set into Pivot
application, etc ... I hope this can help you.


Bye,
Sandro


2014/1/21 Mark R. Chambers <[hidden email]>:

> Hi Roger,
>
>
>
> Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML
> parser to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel
> mGUIPanel = new GUIPanel() from my main application class that
> controlled various devices and the database connections;
>
> Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc...
>
> The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a GUI,
> but I guess I can hack around that...
>
>
>
> I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe
> mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return type(Just
> calls main and then returns the reference....)
>
> Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric... It just
> that my diagrams would then need to change... and they would not look
> at neat:]
>
>
>
> Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:] It
> would be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to use
> Pivot from main...
>
>
>
> PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the
> documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the Component
> Explorer needs to be finished;]
>
> PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki... to try to
> minimise the learning cliff;]
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark.
>
>
>
> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
>
>
> Hi Mark,
>
>                 Welcome to Pivot.  I'm sorry that you're having
> trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell
> me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI
> framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and
> forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it some
kind of RPC, or what)?

>
>                 Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a
> desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use
> DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is
> probably no real reason we couldn't have a third type of application
> (maybe an "EmbeddedApplicationContext" that would act more like the
> GUI object that you're talking about).  At this moment I wouldn't know
> exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don't know of any
> technical reason why it couldn't be done.  At some point you have to
> hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event handling
> (event loop) for it, but that (I'm pretty
> sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than
> DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the
> main program of the application), but maybe more like
> BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped
inside a browser as an applet).
>
>                 There should be no reason you couldn't pass
> application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the
> command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or
> some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn't use that with Pivot also.
> Unless I'm misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So, maybe
you could explain a bit more.

>
>                 Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get
> you going!
>
>
>
> ~Roger
>
>
>
> From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
>
>
> Hi Pivot,
>
>
>
> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI
> the main part of the application.
>
> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start
> a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>
>
>
> BACKGROUND:
>
> I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component
> with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I
> previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI
> etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main
> application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to
> modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have
> battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out
> that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main
> program.)
>
>
>
> Regards,
>
> Mark
>
>


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Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

Roger and Beth Whitcomb
Hi Mark,
     I have to apologize for confusing the issue.  When I said "create
an application class" I meant "write the code for an application
class".  Of course, the actual class object is created inside
DesktopApplicationContext.main, so (right now) there is no way to create
it first before this call.  So, (again right now) you would have to use
Sandro's mechanism to pass parameters to your main class, or what you
have come up with.
     I'm thinking, though, that we could possibly add an alternate
signature for DesktopApplicationContext.main that would accept an
already created application object, instead of the class object. Maybe I
will look into that, if it would help you in your use case?!  Looking at
the code, it is a little tricky, but I think I can rearrange the code to
accommodate the existing signatures (Class, String[]) and (String[]) as
well as provide a (Application object, String[]) as well by delegating
to some other internal methods.  Maybe this would help with Sandro's use
case with Groovy as well??
     BTW, are you using the release (2.0.3) version or are you building
from SVN trunk?  If the latter, I could perhaps provide a patch for you
to try.

Again, thanks for using Pivot,
~Roger

On 1/25/14 9:23 AM, Mark R. Chambers wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Thanks Sandros for your feedback I will take a look at the classes.
> Roger I don't understand how you think you can call
> DesktopApplicationContect.main after you create a class and still pass
> variables back and forwards, unless you are talking using super for the
> constructor, which has the same problems as using Startup.
> Currently I have changed my code so the main class extends Application and
> then I change the constructor to the Startup method, it works fine, but does
> make the application GUI centric...
>
> Anyway thanks again both of you for your support.
>
> Regards,
> Mark.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:36 AM
> To: [hidden email]
> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
> So, our application is a desktop app, but there is a considerable amount of
> work that is done in the "main" method of the application before it ever
> calls DesktopApplicationContext.main(...), which in turn invokes the
> "startup" method of the main class, and etc.  So, there is no particular
> reason that you can't create an application class that has all the variables
> / state that you need, and when you need to display the GUI, at that time,
> call DesktopApplicationContext.main....  And as Sandro has said, his new
> classes give you some further help passing state into the Pivot application
> (in addition to what I just described).
>
> HTH,
> ~Roger
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sandro Martini [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:39 AM
> To: Users - Apache Pivot
> Subject: Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>
> Hi all,
>
>> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the
> main part of the application.
>> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a
> pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>
> Under trunk (for Pivot-2.1.0, still in development) I put some new classes
> related to this:
> ApplicationWithProperties and ApplicationWithPropertiesTest .
>
> Take a look and tell us if there is something that should be
> updated/improved, even for your needs.
>
>
> Note that some month ago I put some test Groovy scripts and classes under
> Pivot-Stuff ( http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-stuff/ ) in
> the project pivot-stuff-common-groovy ... under scripts and test you can
> find some minimal example fro using Pivot in a little different way.
> As soon as I find some time I should update these examples (or add
> others) using the new method added in ApplicationWithProperties , so for
> example I could get GroovyClassLoader from Groovy and set into Pivot
> application, etc ... I hope this can help you.
>
>
> Bye,
> Sandro
>
>
> 2014/1/21 Mark R. Chambers <[hidden email]>:
>> Hi Roger,
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML
>> parser to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel
>> mGUIPanel = new GUIPanel() from my main application class that
>> controlled various devices and the database connections;
>>
>> Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc...
>>
>> The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a GUI,
>> but I guess I can hack around that...
>>
>>
>>
>> I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe
>> mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return type(Just
>> calls main and then returns the reference....)
>>
>> Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric... It just
>> that my diagrams would then need to change... and they would not look
>> at neat:]
>>
>>
>>
>> Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:] It
>> would be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to use
>> Pivot from main...
>>
>>
>>
>> PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the
>> documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the Component
>> Explorer needs to be finished;]
>>
>> PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki... to try to
>> minimise the learning cliff;]
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Mark.
>>
>>
>>
>> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
>> To: [hidden email]
>> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi Mark,
>>
>>                  Welcome to Pivot.  I'm sorry that you're having
>> trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell
>> me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI
>> framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and
>> forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it some
> kind of RPC, or what)?
>>                  Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a
>> desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use
>> DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is
>> probably no real reason we couldn't have a third type of application
>> (maybe an "EmbeddedApplicationContext" that would act more like the
>> GUI object that you're talking about).  At this moment I wouldn't know
>> exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don't know of any
>> technical reason why it couldn't be done.  At some point you have to
>> hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event handling
>> (event loop) for it, but that (I'm pretty
>> sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than
>> DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the
>> main program of the application), but maybe more like
>> BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped
> inside a browser as an applet).
>>                  There should be no reason you couldn't pass
>> application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the
>> command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or
>> some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn't use that with Pivot also.
>> Unless I'm misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So, maybe
> you could explain a bit more.
>>                  Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get
>> you going!
>>
>>
>>
>> ~Roger
>>
>>
>>
>> From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
>> To: [hidden email]
>> Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi Pivot,
>>
>>
>>
>> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI
>> the main part of the application.
>>
>> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start
>> a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>>
>>
>>
>> BACKGROUND:
>>
>> I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component
>> with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I
>> previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI
>> etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main
>> application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to
>> modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have
>> battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out
>> that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main
>> program.)
>>
>>
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Mark
>>
>>
>
>
>

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Sandro Martini
Hi all,

Roger note that the additional version of main with an Application
instance as argument exist already in DesktopApplicationContext (I put
it with the changes for ...), take a look at:

main(Application applicationInstance, String[] applicationArgs)

which calls the usual version of main

main(Class<? extends Application> applicationClass, String[] applicationArgs)

As a sample (minimal) usage look at ApplicationWithPropertiesTest.
So I think that all should already be in trunk, anyway tell us for
other changes/improvements (that's the main reason for us to develop
2.1.x).


For a non-GUI contric implementation of ApplicationContext, could be
useful so if someone has an idea / some sample code we could try to
look at it ... but in the meantime I hope that existing code in trunk
(for 2.1.x) should be enough :-) .

Tell us for suggestions, improvements, etc ...

Bye,
Sandro

2014/1/25 Roger and Beth Whitcomb <[hidden email]>:

> Hi Mark,
>     I have to apologize for confusing the issue.  When I said "create an
> application class" I meant "write the code for an application class".  Of
> course, the actual class object is created inside
> DesktopApplicationContext.main, so (right now) there is no way to create it
> first before this call.  So, (again right now) you would have to use
> Sandro's mechanism to pass parameters to your main class, or what you have
> come up with.
>     I'm thinking, though, that we could possibly add an alternate signature
> for DesktopApplicationContext.main that would accept an already created
> application object, instead of the class object. Maybe I will look into
> that, if it would help you in your use case?!  Looking at the code, it is a
> little tricky, but I think I can rearrange the code to accommodate the
> existing signatures (Class, String[]) and (String[]) as well as provide a
> (Application object, String[]) as well by delegating to some other internal
> methods.  Maybe this would help with Sandro's use case with Groovy as well??
>     BTW, are you using the release (2.0.3) version or are you building from
> SVN trunk?  If the latter, I could perhaps provide a patch for you to try.
>
> Again, thanks for using Pivot,
> ~Roger
>
>
> On 1/25/14 9:23 AM, Mark R. Chambers wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Thanks Sandros for your feedback I will take a look at the classes.
>> Roger I don't understand how you think you can call
>> DesktopApplicationContect.main after you create a class and still pass
>> variables back and forwards, unless you are talking using super for the
>> constructor, which has the same problems as using Startup.
>> Currently I have changed my code so the main class extends Application and
>> then I change the constructor to the Startup method, it works fine, but
>> does
>> make the application GUI centric...
>>
>> Anyway thanks again both of you for your support.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Mark.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:36 AM
>> To: [hidden email]
>> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>
>> So, our application is a desktop app, but there is a considerable amount
>> of
>> work that is done in the "main" method of the application before it ever
>> calls DesktopApplicationContext.main(...), which in turn invokes the
>> "startup" method of the main class, and etc.  So, there is no particular
>> reason that you can't create an application class that has all the
>> variables
>> / state that you need, and when you need to display the GUI, at that time,
>> call DesktopApplicationContext.main....  And as Sandro has said, his new
>> classes give you some further help passing state into the Pivot
>> application
>> (in addition to what I just described).
>>
>> HTH,
>> ~Roger
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Sandro Martini [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:39 AM
>> To: Users - Apache Pivot
>> Subject: Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>>> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI the
>>
>> main part of the application.
>>>
>>> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start a
>>
>> pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>>
>> Under trunk (for Pivot-2.1.0, still in development) I put some new classes
>> related to this:
>> ApplicationWithProperties and ApplicationWithPropertiesTest .
>>
>> Take a look and tell us if there is something that should be
>> updated/improved, even for your needs.
>>
>>
>> Note that some month ago I put some test Groovy scripts and classes under
>> Pivot-Stuff ( http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-stuff/ )
>> in
>> the project pivot-stuff-common-groovy ... under scripts and test you can
>> find some minimal example fro using Pivot in a little different way.
>> As soon as I find some time I should update these examples (or add
>> others) using the new method added in ApplicationWithProperties , so for
>> example I could get GroovyClassLoader from Groovy and set into Pivot
>> application, etc ... I hope this can help you.
>>
>>
>> Bye,
>> Sandro
>>
>>
>> 2014/1/21 Mark R. Chambers <[hidden email]>:
>>>
>>> Hi Roger,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML
>>> parser to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel
>>> mGUIPanel = new GUIPanel() from my main application class that
>>> controlled various devices and the database connections;
>>>
>>> Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc...
>>>
>>> The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a GUI,
>>> but I guess I can hack around that...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe
>>> mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return type(Just
>>> calls main and then returns the reference....)
>>>
>>> Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric... It just
>>> that my diagrams would then need to change... and they would not look
>>> at neat:]
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:] It
>>> would be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to use
>>> Pivot from main...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the
>>> documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the Component
>>> Explorer needs to be finished;]
>>>
>>> PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki... to try to
>>> minimise the learning cliff;]
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Mark.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
>>> To: [hidden email]
>>> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi Mark,
>>>
>>>                  Welcome to Pivot.  I'm sorry that you're having
>>> trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you tell
>>> me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI
>>> framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and
>>> forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it some
>>
>> kind of RPC, or what)?
>>>
>>>                  Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  as a
>>> desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use
>>> DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is
>>> probably no real reason we couldn't have a third type of application
>>> (maybe an "EmbeddedApplicationContext" that would act more like the
>>> GUI object that you're talking about).  At this moment I wouldn't know
>>> exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don't know of any
>>> technical reason why it couldn't be done.  At some point you have to
>>> hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event handling
>>> (event loop) for it, but that (I'm pretty
>>> sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than
>>> DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is the
>>> main program of the application), but maybe more like
>>> BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped
>>
>> inside a browser as an applet).
>>>
>>>                  There should be no reason you couldn't pass
>>> application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the
>>> command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or
>>> some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn't use that with Pivot also.
>>> Unless I'm misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So, maybe
>>
>> you could explain a bit more.
>>>
>>>                  Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can get
>>> you going!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ~Roger
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
>>> To: [hidden email]
>>> Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi Pivot,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI
>>> the main part of the application.
>>>
>>> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or start
>>> a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> BACKGROUND:
>>>
>>> I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component
>>> with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I
>>> previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI
>>> etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main
>>> application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to
>>> modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have
>>> battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out
>>> that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main
>>> program.)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Mark
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>
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Ripgiblet
Hi All,

Ok, I will setup SVN, and give it a try.

Regards,
Mark.

-----Original Message-----
From: Sandro Martini [mailto:[hidden email]]
Sent: Sunday, 26 January 2014 6:22 PM
To: Users - Apache Pivot
Subject: Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext

Hi all,

Roger note that the additional version of main with an Application instance
as argument exist already in DesktopApplicationContext (I put it with the
changes for ...), take a look at:

main(Application applicationInstance, String[] applicationArgs)

which calls the usual version of main

main(Class<? extends Application> applicationClass, String[]
applicationArgs)

As a sample (minimal) usage look at ApplicationWithPropertiesTest.
So I think that all should already be in trunk, anyway tell us for other
changes/improvements (that's the main reason for us to develop 2.1.x).


For a non-GUI contric implementation of ApplicationContext, could be useful
so if someone has an idea / some sample code we could try to look at it ...
but in the meantime I hope that existing code in trunk (for 2.1.x) should be
enough :-) .

Tell us for suggestions, improvements, etc ...

Bye,
Sandro

2014/1/25 Roger and Beth Whitcomb <[hidden email]>:

> Hi Mark,
>     I have to apologize for confusing the issue.  When I said "create
> an application class" I meant "write the code for an application
> class".  Of course, the actual class object is created inside
> DesktopApplicationContext.main, so (right now) there is no way to
> create it first before this call.  So, (again right now) you would
> have to use Sandro's mechanism to pass parameters to your main class,
> or what you have come up with.
>     I'm thinking, though, that we could possibly add an alternate
> signature for DesktopApplicationContext.main that would accept an
> already created application object, instead of the class object. Maybe
> I will look into that, if it would help you in your use case?!  
> Looking at the code, it is a little tricky, but I think I can
> rearrange the code to accommodate the existing signatures (Class,
> String[]) and (String[]) as well as provide a (Application object,
> String[]) as well by delegating to some other internal methods.  Maybe
this would help with Sandro's use case with Groovy as well??
>     BTW, are you using the release (2.0.3) version or are you building
> from SVN trunk?  If the latter, I could perhaps provide a patch for you to
try.

>
> Again, thanks for using Pivot,
> ~Roger
>
>
> On 1/25/14 9:23 AM, Mark R. Chambers wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Thanks Sandros for your feedback I will take a look at the classes.
>> Roger I don't understand how you think you can call
>> DesktopApplicationContect.main after you create a class and still
>> pass variables back and forwards, unless you are talking using super
>> for the constructor, which has the same problems as using Startup.
>> Currently I have changed my code so the main class extends
>> Application and then I change the constructor to the Startup method,
>> it works fine, but does make the application GUI centric...
>>
>> Anyway thanks again both of you for your support.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Mark.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:36 AM
>> To: [hidden email]
>> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>
>> So, our application is a desktop app, but there is a considerable
>> amount of work that is done in the "main" method of the application
>> before it ever calls DesktopApplicationContext.main(...), which in
>> turn invokes the "startup" method of the main class, and etc.  So,
>> there is no particular reason that you can't create an application
>> class that has all the variables / state that you need, and when you
>> need to display the GUI, at that time, call
>> DesktopApplicationContext.main....  And as Sandro has said, his new
>> classes give you some further help passing state into the Pivot
>> application (in addition to what I just described).
>>
>> HTH,
>> ~Roger
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Sandro Martini [mailto:[hidden email]]
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:39 AM
>> To: Users - Apache Pivot
>> Subject: Re: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>>> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI
>>> the
>>
>> main part of the application.
>>>
>>> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or
>>> start a
>>
>> pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>>
>> Under trunk (for Pivot-2.1.0, still in development) I put some new
>> classes related to this:
>> ApplicationWithProperties and ApplicationWithPropertiesTest .
>>
>> Take a look and tell us if there is something that should be
>> updated/improved, even for your needs.
>>
>>
>> Note that some month ago I put some test Groovy scripts and classes
>> under Pivot-Stuff (
>> http://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/pivot-stuff/ ) in the
>> project pivot-stuff-common-groovy ... under scripts and test you can
>> find some minimal example fro using Pivot in a little different way.
>> As soon as I find some time I should update these examples (or add
>> others) using the new method added in ApplicationWithProperties , so
>> for example I could get GroovyClassLoader from Groovy and set into
>> Pivot application, etc ... I hope this can help you.
>>
>>
>> Bye,
>> Sandro
>>
>>
>> 2014/1/21 Mark R. Chambers <[hidden email]>:
>>>
>>> Hi Roger,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Thanks for your reply.  Previously I was using Swing and my own XML
>>> parser to create the GUI. So it was called with for example GUIPanel
>>> mGUIPanel = new GUIPanel() from my main application class that
>>> controlled various devices and the database connections;
>>>
>>> Then I could just access the MGUIPanel.mState information etc...
>>>
>>> The application can be run headless, so sometimes there is not a
>>> GUI, but I guess I can hack around that...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I can probably modify the DesktopApplicationContext.main (to maybe
>>> mainReturn) to return, a reference to the application return
>>> type(Just calls main and then returns the reference....)
>>>
>>> Or I could change the architecture to have it GUI centric... It just
>>> that my diagrams would then need to change... and they would not
>>> look at neat:]
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Anyway I think your answer is, that currently it is not supported:]
>>> It would be a nice feature, since probably not everybody wants to
>>> use Pivot from main...
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> PS-Thanks for the Pivot Framework, I like the code;] Although the
>>> documentation still needs massive amounts of work;] And the
>>> Component Explorer needs to be finished;]
>>>
>>> PS2- If I get some time I will start adding to the Wiki... to try to
>>> minimise the learning cliff;]
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Mark.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> From: Roger L. Whitcomb [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 1:35 AM
>>> To: [hidden email]
>>> Subject: RE: How to Run Application without
>>> DesktopApplicationContext
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi Mark,
>>>
>>>                  Welcome to Pivot.  I'm sorry that you're having
>>> trouble, but let me see if I can help.  To start with, could you
>>> tell me what the original application was written in (i.e., what GUI
>>> framework you were using)?  How did you pass information back and
>>> forth between the GUI and the main application before (i.e., was it
>>> some
>>
>> kind of RPC, or what)?
>>>
>>>                  Currently Pivot has just two modes of operation:  
>>> as a desktop app, or as a browser applet.  These two would use
>>> DesktopApplicationContext and BrowserApplicationContext.  There is
>>> probably no real reason we couldn't have a third type of application
>>> (maybe an "EmbeddedApplicationContext" that would act more like the
>>> GUI object that you're talking about).  At this moment I wouldn't
>>> know exactly how to go about writing such a class, but I don't know
>>> of any technical reason why it couldn't be done.  At some point you
>>> have to hook into AWT and connect to a GUI widget and the event
>>> handling (event loop) for it, but that (I'm pretty
>>> sure) could be wrapped in a slightly different way than
>>> DesktopApplicationContext does it (which pretty much assumes it is
>>> the main program of the application), but maybe more like
>>> BrowserApplicationContext (which obviously is assuming it is wrapped
>>
>> inside a browser as an applet).
>>>
>>>                  There should be no reason you couldn't pass
>>> application arguments even to a DesktopApplicationContext via the
>>> command line stuff even now.  Or if you are using a message bus, or
>>> some other RPC mechanism, why you couldn't use that with Pivot also.
>>> Unless I'm misunderstanding the way your app is architected.  So,
>>> maybe
>>
>> you could explain a bit more.
>>>
>>>                  Again, thanks for trying Pivot, and I hope we can
>>> get you going!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ~Roger
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> From: Mark R. Chambers [mailto:[hidden email]]
>>> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 6:11 AM
>>> To: [hidden email]
>>> Subject: How to Run Application without DesktopApplicationContext
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi Pivot,
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> My application is not GUI centric, and I don't want to make the GUI
>>> the main part of the application.
>>>
>>> How can I pass variables back from  DesktopApplicationContext or
>>> start a pivot application without  DesktopApplicationContext?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> BACKGROUND:
>>>
>>> I have an existing application and I am replacing the GUI component
>>> with Pivot, it is a component of a much larger application. I
>>> previously just had a GUI object that I called and it made the GUI
>>> etc. and I could pass state information and values back to the main
>>> application. Is there any way to do this with pivot? Or do I need to
>>> modify the pivot src? (Or choose another GUI option, although I have
>>> battled with pivot for 3 days. to convert my GUI, and now find out
>>> that I can't seem to be able to get any variables back to the main
>>> program.)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>>
>>> Mark
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>>
>

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