ICEsoft Releases Enterprise AJAX Tool

The new version of ICEsoft's AJAX tool, called ICEfaces, lets Java developers create thin-client rich Web applications in pure Java, the company said.

ICEsoft Technologies has announced the release of a new version of its Asynchronous JavaScript and XML framework for Java Enterprise Edition.

ICEsoft, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, announced the availability of ICEfaces Enterprise Edition version 1.0, an enterprise edition of its toolset that was initially released as a community tool.

Company officials said ICEfaces extends JSF (JavaServer Faces), and enables Java developers to easily create and deploy thin-client rich Web applications in pure Java.

ICEfaces also enables developers to employ what ICEsoft officials refer to as "Thin Client AJAX," where application logic is server-resident, and incremental changes to the presentation are delivered to the browser and reassembled using a lightweight AJAX bridge, the company said.

ICEsoft released the ICEfaces Community Edition in April as a free tool that now has more than 4,000 users. However, the new enterprise edition of the products delivers scalability and enterprise-level features such as advanced connection management, an asynchronous HTTP server to leverage AJAX Push technology and asynchronous mode deployments, as well as clustered deployment support with a BroadcastRenderManager capable of performing AJAX Push across multiple nodes in a cluster.

Steve Maryaka, chief technology officer at ICEsoft said a key benefit of ICEfaces is that it implements AJAX "without requiring the application developer to write any JavaScript code."

The ICEfaces technology is based on more than 25 years of developer investment, Maryaka said.

While the ICEfaces Community Edition is free, the new Enterprise Edition starts at $1,500 per CPU, the company said.


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