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jcmorris-mts (4) [Avatar] Offline
Robert et. al.

I like the concept of a portal or dashboard for my current project, but I'm stymied as to whether I should make each component application stand-alone rather that as "views" or "composite panels" in a dashboard-type app.

When is it better to architect a GWT application as a "dashboard type" app with a main app and many helper apps vs. creating a separate app for each helper and exposing them via a single sign-on login?

Any recommendations?
Is there a clean (simple) way to implement single sign-on with multiple GWT apps?

robert.hanson (173) [Avatar] Offline
Re: Creating a Main App w/ Helper Apps VS. Separate Apps w/ Single Sign-On
I hesitate to recommend something here, it really depends a lot on the specifics of the application and your personal preference.

With a single app, the overall size of the app is reduced (multiple apps would have duplicated code). With a single app there are no single sign-on issues. With multiple apps there is no upper size limit, the app can continue to grow indefinitely.

As for single sign-on, you would probably use the normal cookie based approach, with a session stored on the server. Basically just turn on sessions in your app server (I am assuming a Java server), and store the User object in the session. Any RPC calls would rely on the credentials in the User object, and not based on anything the client sends.