|| ||"Todd Van Hoosear" <tvanhoosear-AT-topazpartners.com>|
|| ||Open Source Apache Jakarta Project Tapestry: Version 4.0, New Support Network Launched|
|| ||Tue, 26 Jul 2005 14:52:50 -0400|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Open Source Developers Create Support Community for Emerging Java-based Web Application Framework
Tapestry 4.0 Beta Now Available
Quincy, Mass. - July 26, 2005 - Open source Java development efforts were boosted today with news
of a new support network for Tapestry, an Apache Jakarta project.
Howard M. Lewis Ship, the creator and lead developer for Tapestry and HiveMind, announced today the
creation of the Tapestry Support Network (TSN). TSN is a consortium of software developers and
consultants that have organized to provide tier-one support, development and training services for
Tapestry. A list of TSN founding members, including contact information, is available at
Tapestry is an emerging open-source framework for creating dynamic, robust, highly scalable web
applications in Java. Tapestry complements and builds upon the standard Java Servlet API, and so it
works in any servlet container or application server.
In conjunction with the launch of the Tapestry Support Network, the Tapestry 4.0 Beta is now
available for download. Tapestry 4.0 offers an array of new and advanced features for Tapestry
developers - a full list and additional information is available on the Tapestry project site at
Tapestry has been rapidly gaining acceptance in the J2EE software development community, and the
Tapestry Support Network was formed to serve the needs of this growing group of developers.
Hundreds of public web sites and intranet sites worldwide have been built using the Tapestry
framework, and more are underway. TheServerSide.com and TheServerSide.net are two of the largest,
serving millions of visitors each month. Several of the top 20 business schools in the country are
running an admissions application powered by Tapestry.
A powerful alternative to traditional scripting environments, Tapestry provides a complete
framework for creating extremely dynamic applications with minimal amounts of coding. Tapestry
embodies the software development mantra of "reuse" and provides a powerful object-oriented
MVC-based web development framework that is excellent for large, enterprise-class applications.
Tapestry components are a combination of an XML specification file, an HTML template and a Java
class. Tapestry components are combined together to form larger components or complete Tapestry
"Before Tapestry, web development was nothing short of agonizing," said Tapestry developer James
Strong. "You threw all of that object-oriented skill you've been honing for 10 years out of the
window. With Tapestry, everything's an object again. You can easily create complex reusable
components and accomplish things just not possible with other frameworks."
Tapestry is unlike most other frameworks in that it doesn't use code generation; instead it uses a
true component object model based on JavaBeans properties and strong specifications. Tapestry
applications require far less Java coding and are far more robust than equivalent applications
developed with other popular frameworks. It also was one of the first Java-based web development
frameworks to offer line-precise error reporting, giving developers a wealth of information when
unexpected code exceptions occur. For additional information on Tapestry, visit
Tapestry is part of the Apache Jakarta Project, which sponsors and hosts several open source Java
"Tapestry represents five years of development down a path validated by Sun's JavaServer Faces
initiative," said Tapestry lead developer Ship. "It is a mature, stable, fast and highly efficient
platform for web development, and it is 100 percent open source."
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