Andrei Komolov: 'Our goal is to streamline work with webpages.'

Tiggr Interview

Jessica Thornsby
Tiggr-Interview

“Tiggr was born out of a practical need to help developers to quickly create mockups for webpages, share pages mockups with other users, and collaboratively work on mockups in real time.”

JAXenter speaks with VP of Product Development and Technologies
at Exadel, Andrei Komolov, about Exadel’s new ‘Tiggr‘ collaboration project…..

JAXenter: Can you give us a brief introduction
to the new Tiggr project?

Andrei Komolov: I should start with a brief
introduction of my company. Exadel is a principal developer of a
popular JSF library “Richfaces.” Exadel also offers professional
services using “Richfaces” and other RIA technologies. When working
with business clients, we’ve noticed that the collaboration phase
of UI design and approval is extraordinary long because it has to
go through several iterations of reviews. Web designers, software
developers on one end, and business users on another end, could not
be equally engaged in shaping UI design.

So, “Tiggr” was born out of a practical need to help developers
to quickly create mockups for webpages, share pages mockups with
other users, and collaboratively work on mockups in real time.

JAXenter: What new features does Tiggr bring to
the world of collaborative development?

Andrei Komolov: Tiggr is still in its infancy,
and, obviously, it has a long way to go. However, even at this
stage, tiggr offers:

-realtime collaboration in a hosted environment, I.e nothing to
download, install, you can be up and running in a less than a
minute.

-online chat.

-WYSIWYG editor with most popular UI components.

-component containers, that work as component groups, but have a
number of Properties, including various layouts.

-table grid component.

-mockups export as images.

JAXenter: What features are the Tiggr team
considering including in future releases?

Andrei Komolov: Our goal is to streamline work
with webpages as they progress from an original concept to mockup
to prototype and then to an actual source code. This is a very
ambitious goal, but every feature in our roadmap takes us closer to
it:

-Markup palette with items like callouts to let users comment on
mockups.

-share images, generated from mockups, via popular social
networks.

-preview of mockups in html.

-pages templates to reuse the same design layouts on multiple
pages.

-project assets, including images, css and js files.

- default styles for UI elements on a project level, aka
“project skins.”

-code generation of jsf source code.

-more UI components and more component attributes that can be
edited by developers.

JAXenter: What benefits does the RichFaces
support offer to Tiggr users?

Andrei Komolov: Tiggr UI palette consist of JSF
and Richfaces components, not just generic boxes and text fields.
So, from the very beginning, developers and business users can get
a clear idea how webpages will look like without going through a
tedious process of prototyping. In the future, when automatic
generation of JSF source code is added, developers will be able to
jump straight to coding of business logic instead of creating pages
from ground zero.

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