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Gigan - Elm Application Framework
version 4.0.6
native-modules False
elm-version 0.16.0 <= v < 0.17.0
Tag 4.0.6
Committed At 2016-02-23 19:31:15 UTC
lukewestby/elm-http-extra 1.2.2 <= v < 2.0.0 1.2.2
evancz/virtual-dom 2.1.0 <= v < 3.0.0 2.1.0
evancz/elm-svg 2.0.1 <= v < 3.0.0 2.0.1
evancz/elm-http 3.0.0 <= v < 4.0.0 3.0.1
evancz/elm-html 4.0.2 <= v < 5.0.0 4.0.2
elm-lang/core 3.0.0 <= v < 4.0.0 3.0.0
circuithub/elm-html-extra 1.5.2 <= v < 2.0.0 1.5.2
NoRedInk/elm-task-extra 1.0.1 <= v < 2.0.0 1.0.1
NoRedInk/elm-lazy-list 2.0.0 <= v < 3.0.0 2.0.0
Apanatshka/elm-signal-extra 5.7.0 <= v < 6.0.0 5.7.0




This package has been renamed to williamwhitacre/scaffold for the sake of explicit naming policy. Core has been renamed to App, since it represents the means by which one sets up the root of an application, Stem has been renamed to Machine because of it's role in representing and manipulating instantaneous descriptions of state, Knowledge has been renamed to Resource to explicate it's role in managing (possibly) remote resources, and the Orbiter concept has been renamed to Program to explicate it's role in defining per-component programs. Please inquire here for the latest work on this package.

What is this?

Gigan is an application programming framework for Elm. It's goals are as follows:

  1. Supply a fully functioning component system with the prettiest syntax possible.
  2. Provide a dynamic environment in which to construct the view output of a component so that any large views can be efficiently updated in a scalable way.
  3. Supply a system with a rich and comprehensive DSL that models and maps data or components in a succinct and powerful nestable way. Ultimately, the intent is to, at worst, at least have the ease of use of the active record pattern.

How do I use it?

A comprehensive set of runnable examples is underway. Right now, the only working example is a full production application that will be released before the end of April, 2016. Time should allow me to complete the examples sometime before that as well.

In the meantime, if you are the sort of person who likes to study, then I suggest reading the documentation and code thoroughly, as a lot is explained, albeit in overwhelming volume to the uninitiated. The examples are obviously intended to cure this and lend these modules some credibility.

Is it done?

Never. Basically. Sort of. Everything contained herein works. That, however, does not have any bearing on whether or not it is done. There are further development plans beyond the examples for this first usable edition. These include:

  1. Convert Layout to use HTML instead of Graphics, given that Graphics is no longer under active development to the best of my knowledge. To avoid forcing the version up again, this will be placed in a new module called Layout2.
  2. Build a set of database back-end adapters for the Knowledge system for general use. Currently, we have one for internal use that I do not believe is clean enough to give out as-is. For this reason, Gigan's provided back-end and localstorage adapters for knowledge base will be released only when deemed fit to share. This is also likely to happen soon, within two months.

Getting Started

The following is the list of currently planned examples in the short term. The first of these is written, the others will follow very soon.

  1. HelloGigan_ex0.elm -- The obligatory hello example, which demonstrates how to set up your first orbiter.
  2. UsingStems_ex1.elm -- Showing how to use the Stem module to build components.
  3. UsingKnowledge_ex2.elm -- Build on the Stem example by using KnowledgeBase for collections within components.
  4. StemKnowledge_ex3.elm -- An example of how to build a dynamic collection of like components using Stem and KnowledgeBase in conjunction.

Software License

Gigan is released under the BSD3 license. The full text of this license is available in the LICENSE file in the source repository, and it is also available from here.