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AppFuse Light 1.8 Beta Released

AppFuse Light 1.8 Beta adds CSS Framework integration, as well as support for Stripes (1.4.2) and Wicket (1.2.6). This is a beta release so we can work out some kinks before the final release.

AppFuse Light now offers 60 possible combinations for download:

  • Web Frameworks: JSF (MyFaces), Spring MVC (with Ajax, Acegi Security, JSP, FreeMarker or Velocity), Stripes, Struts 1.x, Struts 2.x, Tapestry, WebWork, Wicket
  • Persistence Frameworks: Hibernate, iBATIS, JDO (JPOX), OJB, Spring JDBC

AppFuse Light Screenshot - click on the box at the bottom right of AL to activate StyleSheet Switcher

If you have any questions about this release, please subscribe to the AppFuse user mailing list by sending a blank e-mail to users-subscribe@appfuse.dev.java.net. You can also post questions in a forum-like fashion using Nabble: http://appfuse.org/forums.

If you're a developer of one of the frameworks that AppFuse Light uses - I'd love a code review to make sure I'm "up to snuff" on how to use your framework. I'm also more than willing to give commit rights if you'd like to improve the implementation of your framework.

Live demos are available at:

Update: Based on Martin's blog post, I've added the version numbers for Stripes and Wicket (1.4.2 and 1.2.6, respectively). While the Wicket guys recommended I use Wicket 1.3.0, I was already knee deep in 1.2.6 when I read their recommendation. If 1.3.0 really is that much better than 1.2.6, it should be a pleasure to upgrade (and a good learning experience too boot!).

Posted in Java at Apr 26 2007, 02:23:22 AM MDT 10 Comments
Comments:

Matt,

The first thing that came to mind when I read this post is "60 possible combinations for download" -- Isn't that absurd? I've been doing a lot of work in Rails lately and one thing that I've grown to appreciate is that it is one standard full stack framework. I suppose Seam or Grails are the main frameworks trying to achieve this same kind of thing in the Java world.

In your opinion, do each of these frameworks actually provide value that differentiate them from the others, or are you just trying to include every possible framework as a choice within Appfuse? Doesn't each option further complicate Appfuse and make it harder for new developers to even know which one to choose?

Posted by Paul Barry on April 26, 2007 at 06:45 AM MDT #

When I read "60 possible choices", that's what I thought. Then I realized that one of the things that attracted me to AppFuse several years ago was that it had good working examples of various popular Java technologies all wrapped in an rather compact application to start off with. This is invaluable for users not only starting to use AppFuse as their stack framework, but also for other users working on existing applications where they can learn by example various usage patterns and best practices.

I did blog a while ago on my thoughts for AppFuse moving forward which was basically to zone-in one web framework (which Matt feels is the best), and one primary ORM framework ala Seam. Matt's response is here : http://raibledesigns.com/rd/entry/re_thoughts_on_the_future

I then realized that AppFuse is more providing users a choice of picking one of several proven or promising emerging technologies and not about limiting them which what it feels is *the* best technology stack. The user can check out the various web frameworks and evaluate what works best for them. AppFuse is not about deciding that Tapestry is better than JSF and hence dropping JSF or vice-versa.

Posted by Sanjiv Jivan on April 26, 2007 at 09:32 AM MDT #

Hi Matt,

It's really embarrassing to ask this, so if this is too stupid just ignore me..

I just looked at your Framework-Comparison ( for the umpteenth time as I'm currently evaluating some frameworks.)
However this was the first time that I've noticed the really nice flowcharts and diagrams, e.g. on page 24 & 25. They feature gradients and shadows. Now I've seen these before, but I don't know which software is used to create them. Do you know the name of the software?

TIA,
Kranji

Posted by Kranji Rana on April 26, 2007 at 01:37 PM MDT #

Kranji - I used Apple's Keynote to create this presentation. It has a charting feature that I used for the graphs.

Posted by Matt Raible on April 26, 2007 at 01:41 PM MDT #

Thanks a lot :-)

Posted by Kranji Rana on April 27, 2007 at 02:43 AM MDT #

MyFaces + Facelets demo link on this page gives a 404 error. Just thought you may want to know.

Posted by Brenden Anderle on May 07, 2007 at 12:40 PM MDT #

Matt, looks like most of the demo links on this page are not working. Any chance of fixing those or are they no longer available? Thanks!

Posted by Jason Collins on May 07, 2007 at 07:55 PM MDT #

After the last update (with Stripes and Wicket), I've been having quite a few OOM issues. I'm currently working with Contegix to resolve the issue. Thanks for your patience.

Posted by Matt Raible on May 07, 2007 at 08:25 PM MDT #

The OOM issues turned out to be caused by Tapestry 4.1.1. Upgrading to 4.1.2 fixed the problem.

Posted by Matt Raible on September 14, 2007 at 07:12 AM MDT #

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