ICEsoft Integrates JSF Framework With JBoss Seam
- By John K. Waters
has unveiled the latest version of its flagship development environment, ICEfaces, an AJAX-based framework for developing and deploying Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) applications as rich internet apps (RIAs).
The integration includes enhancements to SeamGen that support the rapid generation of functional Seam + ICEfaces applications. This release also comes with several source code examples, including the ICEfaces + Seam Component Showcase, which illustrates the entire ICEfaces rich component suite functioning within a Seam-based application.
"With this release, developers are able to use ICEfaces to add AJAX to their Seam applications, and get the benefits of the collaboration capabilities of AJAX Push and the productivity gains of auto-generating ICEfaces + Seam applications with SeamGen," said Steve Maryka, CTO of ICEsoft. "The JBoss Seam community is growing, and partnering with them increases our market footprint."
ICEsoft is expected to announce later this year a technology partnership with open source portal vendor Liferay, and integration with Genuitec's MyEclipse Java EE/J2EE integrated development environment (IDE).
The selection of tools for developing RIAs has grown considerably this summer, with headline-grabbing releases from Microsoft (Silverlight), Adobe (AIR, formerly code-named Apollo), Sun Microsystems (JavaFX), and Google (Gears). But Maryka doesn't see his company's offering as competition for these products. He points out that ICEfaces is the only RIA dev tool designed specifically for enterprise Java.
"There is a lot of activity in this space," he said. "But the approach we've taken is unique. We're taking existing Java enterprise development practices and tools and adding rich Internet capabilities. We're making it possible for enterprise developers to build RIAs without having to change the way they work."
ICEfaces was released as open source last November, and Maryka says the uptake of the product since then has far exceeded the company's expectations. The company claims nearly 15,000 registered developers and approximately 12,000 downloads per month.
"Building that community has proved to be critical to our strategy," Maryka says. "I think open source is really the only way you can carve out such a significant share of that market so quickly today."
ICEfaces 1.6.0 is available now for download here from the ICEfaces.org open source project site.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached