public interface ReifyOnSite
Reify is a cloud-based visual application
builder in which users
can build screens via drag-and-drop, create DataSources from sample data or using wizards,
and visually define standard event handlers and multi-step workflows.
Reify OnSite is a special version of Reify that can be installed on your own network, behind
your firewall, so that your data and intellectual property never leave your secure site.
Applications are deployed to your private cloud, also behind your firewall. The tool itself
can be configured for your specific requirements. DataSources that connect to internal
enterprise data services are supported,
components can be
added to the palette library, and the Reify design environment itself can even be customized
on a per-user basis.
Reify OnSite is licensed separately from Reify.com accounts, and separately from Smart GWT developer licenses, generally purchased as a either a fixed number of seats or unlimited within a group, site or company-wide. Contact us here to get started,
The OnSite package comes with an Embedded Tomcat server and pre-populated HSQL database that's ready to be run with no additional setup required. If desired, it can be deployed to a separate servlet engine or run against a different database engine.
Reify Designer Accounts are managed via a plain SQLDataSource, named "reifyUsers", which you
can edit using the DataSources tab of the
Developer Console. Within the DataSources tab,
click on the "reifyUsers"
DataSource record to open a section for editing user records, and click "add record" to add
additional users. User records can be removed by clicking on the delete icon in the
rightmost column of each record.
As shipped, a single user account, "admin" (password "reify"), is provided. To grant superuser privileges to additional accounts, just enter "superuser" for the "roles" field in the record.
How Reify Stores your Designs and Data
FileSource DataSources to store your
hostedProjects DS), screens (
hostedScreens DS), and
hostedDataSources DS), rather than writing them to disk as files.
These DataSources are shared for all users of your organization, so project and screen names
must be unique.
Reify OnSite runs your application in a dedicated sandbox (a separate database in HQL),
with its own copy of each of your project
as real SQL DataSources in the HSQL database. This process is called deployment.
DataSources that are not MockDataSources are just deployed "as is" and will behave
the same in all the different types of deployments.
During deployment, a unique database is created on the fly (one per deployment), named:
sbx_<deploymentType>_deployment_<deploymentId>_org_1where the deployment type is one of "test", "staging", or "production". The following DataSources are created in the deployment database during deployment, with records related to the project being deployed copied from the common database, in the case of the FileSource DataSources:
|DataSource Name||Contents||Is FileSource?|
|hostedUsers||users for deployment||N|
|hostedRoles||user roles for deployment||N|
|hostedSessions||tracks deployment sessions||N|
Your application's deployment URL will target the current host with a path like:
/<deploymentType>/reify/<deploymentName>/where the deployment type is one of "app" (production), "test", or "staging", and the deployment name is one you choose during deployment, defaulting to the project name. For example, the complete URL might look like:
https://server1.bigco.com/staging/reify/vendor_evaluation/for a staging deployment of BigCo's "vendor evaluation" project to server1.
Future releases will support deployment to both private and public clouds, and multi-organization, allowing you to customize the middle path segment.
Note that using the "Export" option under the "Project" button, you can combine any created
screen with a Smart GWT SDK, and thus deploy to any platform that supports Java servlets
and a database. For more details, refer to
Reify for Developers.
Audit DataSources are automatically created during deployment for each DataSource in your
deployment. You can open the
Management Console to
examine any DataSource in the deployment, view or edit users and roles, and analyze what
sessions have hit the deployment, as well as what changes they've made to your DataSources.
Reify OnSite allows adding custom components to the palette, including components built on
new classes and
component schema. For an
overview and where to
place files, see
"Adding Custom DataSources to
Errors encountered by Reify OnSite, which may raise a dialog with a countdown timer
reloading the page, are logged to the "hostedErrorReports" DataSource in the HSQL database
reifyNoSandbox. Records here are detailed, containing the click stream of
events leading up to the crash, as well as the stack trace. To help resolve any errors,
VPN-based remote support can be purchased from Isomorphic.
Switching Database Engines
To switch Reify OnSite to use another database engine, such as MySQL, you can use the
"Database Configuration" tab of the
to change the default
database, and then the "Import DataSources" tab to populate the required tables. You'll
need to import the following DataSource definitions to populate the
Switching Servlet Engines
To switch to another servlet engine, such as Jetty, you just need to remove the
embeddedTomcat/ subdirectories from the
WEB-INF/ directory inside the zip, and then repackage it as a war with
WEB-INF/ underneath the root by running something such as:
cd reifyOnSite && jar -cvf reifyOnSite.war *in the directory where you originally expanded the Reify OnSite package. This will produce a standard Java war file that can be deployed to any servlet engine / application server that supports at least J2SE.