My last post and video dealt with how Apptacular could scaffold together your application. This post and video will talk about making that application look more like you want.
First off, everything has a display name. That display name is altered in the data model tools of Apptacular or in the XML directly. Then you might want to alter what column gets used when your table shows up in another table’s interface because of a relationship. This is called a foreign key label. This is also editable in the configuration. After you get all of your labels done right, you want to order all of your columns correctly. You guessed it; it’s done in the configuration tools. Finally, you might want to make up columns to use in your various labels. Apptacular has the concept of “virtual columns”, which will allow you create custom getters for things like concatenated or formatted columns.
Once you get past interface issues, you may want to change application structure, move code around, or fine tune choices. This is done through the Application configuration. You can also detect obsolete code and have it removed automatically. Finally, if you are so inclined, Apptacular includes a login piece that can add an easy authentication form to your application.
So still a work in progress, hopefully this creates a good starting place for applications. My next post will talk about integrating this back-end into a Flex front-end.