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  • From: "GW Brown, Information Systems and Computing" <>
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  • Subject: 'Recent groups' feature in UI
  • Date: Tue, 08 Mar 2005 08:28:12 +0000

At the last conference call Minh reminded me that I was going to work out how much effort it would be to implement a 'Recent groups' feature which would allow the user to see groups they had created / modified recently.

From a UI perspective it should be quite straightforward - simply display a list of groups returned by an appropriate API call. I already do this in several places and can re-use some existing tiles.

It probably makes sense to have a 'switch' on the 'Manage Groups' page which toggles between a display of all groups a user has privileges over, and recent items. The default view could be configurable through a properties file.

It should be noted that Grouper maintains modifytime and modifysource fields in the Grouper_group table. If another subject modifies a group you have modified, the recent items list may not be truly representative of what you have done - it will depend on whether you share responsibility for management of some groups.

We also talked about having a 'Favorites' feature which would effectively allow a user to 'bookmark' groups of interest and provide a quick way of accessing them. Rather than create new tables for storing such information it might be possible to implement favorites as a group of group aliases (aliases would be better than actual groups if we didn't need to maintain effective memberships). If we wanted to provide more structure we could reserve a hierarchy e.g. personal:GaryBrown:_favorites (configurable) and allow the user to place group aliases in their own hierarchy below this point.

We have talked about group aliases before but not really about how they might be implemented. In the favorites example I can see that an alias could be implemented as a special group type....


GW Brown, Information Systems and Computing

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