ICEsoft Announces ICEfaces 2 -- Next Generation Open Source Ajax/JSF Development

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A Powerful New Framework for Developing Rich, Collaborative Java EE Applications

ICEfaces 2 is a powerful Ajax/JSF framework with innovative capabilities like Ajax Push and Automatic Ajax that will redefine how rich enterprise applications are developed, and what they can do.

ICEsoft Technologies Inc., a leading global provider of open source enterprise Java technologies and the sponsor of the award winning ICEfaces open source Ajax/JSF framework, is pleased to announce the availability of ICEfaces 2.

ICEfaces 2 is an open-source Rich Internet Application (RIA) development framework based on the JavaServer Faces (JSF) 2 standard. Like its predecessor, ICEfaces 1.8, ICEfaces 2 extends JSF to simplify development and enhance the standard JSF feature set - simultaneously improving developer efficiency and expanding the spectrum of RIA capabilities that can be included in any JSF-based web application.

"ICEfaces 2 is much more than a suite of rich components," states Steve Maryka, CTO ICEsoft Technologies Inc. "ICEfaces 2 is a powerful Ajax/JSF framework with innovative capabilities like Ajax Push and Automatic Ajax that will redefine how rich enterprise applications are developed, and what they can do."

What's New in ICEfaces 2
ICEfaces 2 provides some key feature enhancements over JSF 2, while inheriting all the new features available in JSF 2.

  •     Automatic Ajax - all Java development, no JavaScript
  •     Ajax Push real-time, web-based collaboration is now easier than ever
  •     Facelets now first-class citizen and principle view declaration language in JSF 2
  •     Comprehensive composite component model enables easy development of components
  •     Ajax request processing and partial page updates incorporated into the JSF lifecycle
  •     Partial State Saving drastically reducing state saving overhead
  •     Broader support for system events
  •     Improved navigation support includes implicit, conditional and preemptive navigation
  •     HTTP GET now fully supported in the JSF lifecycle
  •     New scopes, and support for custom scopes
  •     Simplified annotations configuration
  •     Standardized resource loading
  •     Improved exception handling

More detailed information on what's new in ICEfaces 2 is available here: http://www.icefaces.org/main/news/whatsNew2.0.iface

"We are very excited about the release of ICEfaces 2. It represents considerable investment by ICEsoft and offers extraordinary capability and value to the 120,000 enterprise developers making up our open-source and enterprise communities," says Brian McKinney, President and CEO of ICEsoft. "ICEfaces 2 is specifically tailored to fit the needs and wants of organizations seeking a robust, and production-ready RIA framework that will perform and scale."

Availability, Community and Licensing
ICEfaces 2 is available now: http://www.icefaces.org/main/downloads/os-downloads.iface. Developers get all the advantages of a vibrant open source community including a well-exercised code base, developer forums, and a wiki loaded with documentation and tutorials. ICEfaces is also enterprise grade software that is deployed in a wide range of Fortune 500 companies. ICEfaces is still available to all under the very liberal Mozilla Public (MPL) license.

About ICEsoft Technologies and ICEfaces:
ICEsoft Technologies Inc., is a leading global provider of open source enterprise Java technologies. ICEsoft is the proud sponsor of:
ICEfaces - a leading open source Java EE framework for developing and deploying rich enterprise applications. Visit: http://www.icefaces.org.
ICEpdf - a leading open source Java PDF rendering technology. Visit: http://www.icepdf.org.

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