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Is 2006 a framework year?

Posted by Moxie Zhang | January 10, 2006 .

Add another AJAX framework, ClearNova ThinkCAP JX,  to my RIA Tools Roundup piece. ClearNova just opensourced their AJAX framework to add another dose of AJAX to the Rich Internet Application crowd. It has JAVA as backend to handle all the server side activities. The core of ThinkCAP JX has two other opensource pieces, Prototype and script.acuto.us. They happen to be used by Ruby On Rail as well. Opensource is definitely well connected these days.

In the mean while, another Java framework is getting more noises, Apache’s Tapestry. There is a good article on IBM’s DevelperWorks strongly advocate it. While all the Struts and Spring frameworks are getting more developers, especially new ones, puzzled, simple and easier become the framework term of the year. I think Ruby On Rail is successful under that term too.

Finally, at the Flex side (Flash actually), Aral Balkan of Flashant kicks the ARP framework forward with a V3 initial plan. The thing I like about ARP v3 is that the server side support. It’ll provide connection based on Flash Remoting with PHP(AMFPHP), J2EE(OpenAMF) and Ruby on Rails. And, it’ll talking to my favorite database MySQL and PostgreSQL. With this framework in place plus some other cheap or free opensource tools, we might be able to come up some nice Flash based RIA. I’ll do some digging and trying on ARP and let you know some details later.

Anything more on the framework end? You bet. It’s just January. While quick, easy and cheap become the theme of web development, I would think more and more frameworks will show up. There are already some heated discussions about too many frameworks makes framework-less situation. But at Flex side, I think anything new is good.

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