Looking for Opinions...

The GlassFish admin console team has been working hard on ways to simplify our development, while at the same time attempting to improve the experience of using the console.  We have created a prototype which shows a couple different designs we are considering -- we'd like your feedback.  Here's how you can help:
Here are some things we are particularly interested in feedback on:
  • Do you like (or dislike) the menus?
    v3 Console with Menus
  • Do you like (or dislike) the tree?  (Be sure to click the "Toggle Scheme" button.)
    v3 Console with a Tree
  • Do you like / dislike the tagging feature? (See first screen shot above.)
Of course all other comments are also welcome (What's missing?  What do you really like?  What do you hate? etc.).  We know there are many issues with this UI, it is an early prototype -- far from production ready.  Just a few of the major issues we're aware of:
  • Many broken button clicks (particularly posts that don't do a redirect)
  • 404 pages cause a loop due to a JSF bug
  • Performance -- it's not good right now, it will be MUCH better when it's not a prototype (note: it also doesn't help that this prototype is running on a small desktop machine over a DSL-line... ;) ).
  • Many pages are broken (some intentionally for the public demo, others are simply not implemented)
  • List of tagged pages can sometimes show duplicates
  • Ajax for updating tags and other portions of the screen is not implemented
  • Breadcrumbs do not exist

So... as you can see we're not looking for bugs, but rather general feedback on the navigation and Look-and-Feel.  So post your thoughts and help make GlassFish better. :)

Thanks for taking a look!

Comments:

between the two, I prefer the tree view.

The main reason is that I can navigate between pages faster. Because expanding one node does not collapse others, It also lets me quickly bounce between things. i.e. the jdbc resources and connection pools. Finally, it is also easier to see where I am in the grand scheme of things by looking at the left nav tree.

anyway, my 0.02 worth

Posted by John on February 25, 2009 at 06:55 AM PST #

ad tags: tags are a nice feature, but server administration console is not social network. I will expect that an adminstrator doesn't tags to find pages in the console.
i liked the menu and the tree view and also the toggle cheme feature

Posted by tanase on February 25, 2009 at 07:08 AM PST #

clustering support?

Posted by guest on February 25, 2009 at 07:49 AM PST #

Cluster support will come and will be supported in the console as soon as v3 has official clustering support. I don't have dates yet on when that will be.

Posted by Ken Paulsen on February 25, 2009 at 08:01 AM PST #

I like the tree view more than menus, but what i would like the most is embedded performance data and links.

For example : Helloworld ( a sparkline goes here showing the performance of app ) [] button like this which shows up actions for webapp start stop restart etc...

Posted by ranjan on February 25, 2009 at 12:37 PM PST #

I like the tree view as gives quick navigation across, certain nodes can be default expanded based on the usage pattern.

Posted by Rahul Mahajan on February 26, 2009 at 01:00 AM PST #

I also like tree view because its faster!

Posted by Rorac on February 14, 2010 at 03:00 PM PST #

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