Forum OpenACS Q&A: Check-out Netvibes
What do you think?
This week Solution Grove working on a portal like interface using XOWiki. It has drag and drop moving of portals. It uses AJAX and also hides portals, and lets you change the calendar month view without reloading.
Our spec does not include remembering preferences at this time so we don't have that piece.
We will release the code and put up a demo in the next few weeks.
The ajax part of the demo is that (at least of admins right now) when the portals are rearranged an xmlhttp call is made to a url that receives the new sorting order and updates the database accordingly so that positions of the portlets will persist.
This will probably need a lot of work for it to be at par with Netvibes or Google home pages (http://www.google.com/ig) but I consider this a proof of concept that an incredible toolkit like OpenACS with a robust backend can also have an incredible front end user interface that can ellicit "wows" and "ooohs" from it's users.