Open-source framework integrates AJAX and JSF
- By Kathleen Richards
"It was amazing how this open-source community helped us create a lot more stable product," says Max Katz, senior systems engineer, Exadel. "We've been testing it for several months with hundreds of users and fixed a lot of bugs." A team of 10 developers worked on the project, and development for the next release is underway.
With the AJAX4jsf toolkit, developers can take a JSF application and add AJAX functionality to existing components or the full page. The developers have full control over how they want to develop the AJAX functionality. AJAX4jsf also works with any other JSF component libraries, so developers can mix and match components. Exadel offers a commercial Visual Component Platform library with 12 pre-built AJAX components and 20 skinnable UI widgets.
The binary and source distributions of AJAX4jsf release 1.0 are available for download. The code is licensed under a Common Development and Distribution License.
The project team plans to release a component development kit later this year. "If companies want to build their own AJAX components, they can use the framework and we will provide the core functionality and the core features for them," says Katz.
Kathleen Richards ([email protected]) is the editor of RedDevNews.com and executive editor of Visual Studio Magazine.