New UI for Roles (Define Permissions)...ahhh nice
Company Blogs December 3, 2007 By Ivan Cheung Staff
Recently I happened across a thread where Carlos Santos Sáenz was asking about how to best set up Roles and permissions. As I attempted to duplicate Carlos' efforts, I realized that the root cause of his (and probably so many other people's ) difficulties had to do with Liferay's UI. I have to admit that it is confusing at times for me too, which is what motivated me to help both the community and myself out.
To get to this screen you would venture inside the Enterprise Admin portlet -> Roles Tab -> (Action) 'Define Permissions' -> click on Bookmarks link. Let's dissect how the old way of defining permissions for a role.
You might find Exhibit A in the dictionary illustrating the word 'Ambiguity'. Although there is clearly an instruction at the top, the first thing that jumps out at me is "Resources". What the heck is a resource? If I click one of the resources and remain there, I would completely miss the area to assign permissions for the Bookmarks Portlet 'Configuration' action.
Furthermore, if I did read the instruction, I would still end up saying, "what the heck is a resource?"
The old way also forces you through up to 4 precarious steps, which means 4 refreshes..and 4x the time/effort.
The old way also never shows you a "Finish" or "Save" button.
Exhibit B is the new look of defining permissions for Roles.
- Notice there are two total steps and the nice 'save' button at the bottom. We just increased efficiency by 200%!
- Now it doesn't really matter what a resouce is, although it's a bit more clear now.
- See all possible permissions in one central location.
- If you select 'Community' from the dropdown, the 'Select' button will appear. Upon clicking 'Select', you'll get a pop up window where you can choose multiple communities
- Dynamic "tag" style list of communities you choose
I can tell that Liferay's UI is going through a growth spurt and I look forward to seeing more of it. People don't put new wine into old wineskins...keep up the awsome work guys!!