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Curl Offers RIA and AJAX Education

CurlWBT Offers Members of Curl's Developer Community Online Materials for Learning the Curl Language and Enterprise RIA Platform

Curl announced the availability of three interactive training courses based on the Curl Web-Based Training (CurlWBT), a standards-based e-learning framework implemented in the Curl language that supports the deployment of Web-based training materials for the Curl Rich Internet Application (RIA) Platform. These courses are available to members of the Curl Developer Community, helping them further shorten the already minimal learning curve for building enterprise-class RIAs using Curl.

The CurlWBT consists of a framework implementation, which is the ‘knowledge engine’ built to manage and disseminate online learning materials to multiple users, displaying training content to students via a rich client interface. Each of the CurlWBT-based courses are delivered using the Curl WBTViewer, an interactive environment designed using the Curl language specifically for delivering training information. The three courses that are now available are:

  • Curl Language Fundamentals – This course teaches students about Curl language fundamentals including language basics, programming with classes, and user interface basics.
  • Application Development – This course is designed around the construction of a Web-based application providing server-to-client functionality with rich data visualization. It provides students with practical experience in designing and building Web-based solutions using the Curl language.
  • Visual Layout Editor – This course teaches students how to interactively build graphical layouts using the Curl Visual Layout Editor (VLE), a drag-and-drop environment for layout design.

“Our programming students have found the CurlWBT to be a very useful tool, as it provides them with easy, real time access to knowledge of the Curl language and platform,” said Associate Professor Kazuo Sugihara, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. “While we have discovered that the students already familiar with Java find it easy to learn Curl, the Web-based training courses make that process even simpler and faster.”

The training course content is provided through the CurlWBT framework and authored using standard XML formats such as XHTML. A Curl-specific set of markup tags is defined, which allows content developers to include dynamic presentation objects, interactive examples and reference information. Additionally, the CurlWBT training content can be styled using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).

The CurlWBT framework uses the power of the Curl RIA Platform to display the training content as a highly interactive application. The training courses feature editable, interactive examples that allow students to see the Curl source code that produces a given result and then modify that source code, right in the context of the training course, and see the result of executing the modified code. Live links directly into the Curl documentation set, which contains many more interactive examples, are also provided.

“The CurlWBT was created to provide developers with the necessary tools to get up to speed on the Curl language and technology as quickly as possible,” said Bert Halstead, chief architect, Curl, Inc. “We are excited to make this available to the entire Curl developer community, as it really showcases how easily Curl can be used to build enterprise-class Rich Internet Applications.”

Please visit the Curl Developer Community for additional details and access CurlWBT training courses.

For more information on Curl contact Mark Bilotta, Mark_Bilotta@lpp.com at Lois Paul & Partners.

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