DTP Ganymede Connection Wizards Discussion
The purpose of this page is to serve as a coordination point for community discussion about the DTP connection creation wizards. This page is not a substitute for Bugzilla entries, newsgroup/mailing list discussions, or other communication channels and policies used by DTP. Rather, it is intended as a jumping off point where discussions happening in a variety of places can be collected. Ultimately, we hope that the discussion will result in actionable items completed during the DTP 1.6 ("Ganymede") release. Whether this is possible or not of course depends on the outcome of these discussions, so no specific commitments are made based only on the existence of this page or other discussions.
The design of the DTP connection wizards (and associated driver template definitions) has been the subject of discussion on a number of occasions. In this section we link to these original discussions and in the next section we will summarize the main points.
Summary Discussion Points
In this section we'll attempt to summarize the main points expressed in the other reports. This is especially crucial, since it will define the scope and priority of work done, and will be refined as necessary going forward.
Too Many Steps
Probably the most common complaint: It takes too many steps to define a connection. Ideally, the desire is for a one-page connection wizard.
Provide Reasonable Defaults
Reasonable guesses (which can be changed by the user) should be provided whenever possible. This is especially true for the connection name.
Labels and instructions should be specific to the connection type being created (rather than generic), and use commonly accepted terminology whenever possible.