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Title Application Development in the Face of Evolving Web Technologies at the National Ignition Facility
  • E.R. Pernice, C.R. Albiston, R.G. Beeler, E.H. Chou, C.D. Fry, M. Shor, J.L. Spears, D.E. Speck, A.A. Thakur, S.L. West
    LLNL, Livermore, California, USA
Abstract The past decade has seen great advances in web technology, making the browser the de-facto platform for many user applications. Advances in JavaScript, and innovations such as TypeScript, have enabled developers to build large scale applications for the web without sacrificing code maintainability. However, this rapid growth has also been accompanied by turbulence. AngularJS arrived and saw widespread adoption only to be supplanted by Angular 2+ a few years later; meanwhile other JavaScript-based languages and developer tools have proliferated. At the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the Shot Setup Tool (SST) is a large web-based tool for configuring experiments on the NIF that is being developed to replace legacy Java Swing application. We will present our experience in building SST during this turbulent time, including how we have leveraged TypeScript to greatly enhance code readability and maintainability in a multi-developer team, and our current effort to incrementally migrate from AngularJS to React.
Funding This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344
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Conference ICALEPCS2019
Series International Conference on Accelerator and Large Experimental Physics Control Systems (17th)
Location New York, NY, USA
Date 05-11 October 2019
Publisher JACoW Publishing, Geneva, Switzerland
Editorial Board Karen S. White (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN, USA); Kevin A. Brown (BNL, Upton, NY, USA); Philip S. Dyer (BNL, Upton, NY, USA); Volker RW Schaa (GSI, Darmstadt, Germany)
Online ISBN 978-3-95450-209-7
Online ISSN 2226-0358
Received 30 September 2019
Accepted 10 October 2019
Issue Date 30 August 2020
DOI doi:10.18429/JACoW-ICALEPCS2019-WEMPR006
Pages 1052-1056
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