OmniFaces is a utility library attempting to ease JSF development for Enterprise applications. It offers several solutions for common issues encountered in JSF, including validation for component groups, a renderkit for HTML5, full Ajax exception handling and more. It complements existing JSF implementations such as ICEFaces, PrimeFaces and RichFaces.
Thymeleaf is a XML/HTML template engine for Java, whose main goal is to provide a well-formed way of creating templates. Thymeleaf 2.0 includes a lot of new features, including improvements for developers who create Thymeleaf extensions. Here's a quick run down of what's new.
PrimeFaces is claiming IceSoft copied PrimeFaces code "LINE BY LINE" for its new IceSoft Ace. While not claiming legal issues with the fork, the PrimeFaces team is "shocked and disappointed" and claim the new IceSoft Ace components are "up to 90% copied" from PrimeFaces. InfoQ caught up with PrimeFaces and IceSoft about this issue. Is it ok for a competitor to fork an Apache licensed project?
PrimeFaces 3.0 was recently released offering an extensive suite of JSF2 Ajax enabled components, a separate version for iPhone/Android devices and support for Internet Explorer 9.
InfoQ got a chance to catch up with Ed Burns, JSF specification lead. Ed shared his viewpoints on where JSF stands in light of Ajax, and HTML5 as well as a recap of what happened in JSF 2.0, 2.1 and what is happening in 2.2. Ed covers how JSPs are first processed as Facelets, multi-tenancy, how JSF will support HTML 5, JSF adoption, high-traffic sites that use JSF, and more.
The Grails development team at SpringSource, a division of VMWare, recently announced the release of Grails 2.0. This release improves Grails usability akin to Roo console support. GORM, the persistence layers in Grails, maximises the DSL support from the Groovy 1.8 via AST transformations.
Typesafe announced the Play framework will be included in the Typesafe Stack 2.0. The Play framework is a Rails/Grails like framework originally focused on Java not Scala. Now the Play framework 2.0 supports Scala and Java as first class citizen. InfoQ catches up with Donald Fischer, President and CEO of Typesafe, to get his thoughts on adding the Play framework to the Typesafe Stack.
Scala+GWT makes it possible to run Scala in the browser, the latest release supports most of the language. The new Scala+GWT Eclipse plug-in uses GWT's development mode for faster turnaround. Also, the Scala team announced a new documentation website and the date for 2012's Scala Days conference.
Google announced yesterday that their Google Plugin for Eclipse is now fully open source under the Eclipse Public License. This includes the GWT Designer, which is based on the Window Designer project that had previously been open-sourced from their Instantiations purchase in late 2010.
The Apache Wicket project has released version 1.5 of its open source, component oriented Java web application framework, with new HTML 5 components, and Improvements to the message/event model.
Velocity, the measure of work completed by the team divided by the time taken to complete it, is increasingly being used to manage the productivity of a team and as a comparison between teams. Jim Highsmith, Mark Levison, and Scott Ambler discuss the misuse of velocity as a productivity measure.
Thymeleaf is an XML/XHTML/HTML5 template engine that works for web and non-web applications. It's an open source Java library distributed under Apache License 2.0. Thymeleaf is a replacement for JSP and other template engines like Velocity and FreeMarker. It comes in two versions, the Standard dialect and the SpringStandard (Spring MVC 3) dialect.
Martin Lippert at VMWare's SpringSource recently announced the 2.6.0 and 2.6.1 releases of their Eclipse-based development environment for building Spring applications, SpringSource Tool Suite. InfoQ caught up with Martin to have him personally walk us through what developers can look forward to with this new release, and more.
Oracle has today released Oracle JDeveloper 11g Release 2, along with an update to their meta MVC framework Oracle ADF (Application Development Framework). The release includes support for JSF 2.0 and Facelets, adds Hudson integration to Oracle TPC, and improves hot deployment for ADF. At the same time JDeveloper has been re-architected to sit on top of an OSGi backbone.
Oracle filed the umbrella JSR for Java EE 7 last week, and the specification has now passed the initial review ballot stage. The overarching themes are emerging web technologies, cloud computing, and continued ease of use improvements including an overhaul to the JMS API. Elsewhere, JPA is scheduled to receive attention, and Oracle is talking about plans to revive the long dormant JCACHE JSR.