||November 14th, 2006
ICEsoft™ Open Sources ICEfaces™, Industry-Leading Enterprise Ajax Platform For Java EE
Company Also Debuts ICEfaces.org Community Site to Promote Open Development of ICEfaces Projects
ALBERTA - ICEsoft Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of enterprise
Ajax solutions, today announced a new chapter in the high-growth rich
Internet Application (RIA) market. ICEfaces, ICEsoft's ground breaking
Ajax development platform and one of the industry's most comprehensive
enterprise solution for Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE), is
now available under open source license.
"Taking ICEfaces to an open source model is the result of a
long and deliberate process for our company," said Steve Maryka, CTO of
ICEsoft. "Over 30 man-years of research and development - a process
begun more than two years ago-have been invested in creating ICEfaces.
It has always been our intention to do this. The community has been
asking for it, and here it is."
ICEfaces is the only integrated Ajax application framework
for Java EE. ICEfaces extends JavaServer Faces, enabling Java developers
to more easily create and deploy thin-client rich Web applications in
Java technology. "Since the announcement of ICEfaces Community Edition
in June of this year, ICEfaces has seen incredible momentum," explained
Maryka. "ICEfaces is now being used by tens of thousands of enterprise
Java software developers around the world. Through the open source
model, ICEfaces now has the ability to become a de facto standard for
rich Ajax application development within the Java technology community."
ICEsoft is committed to the already thriving ICEfaces
community and is also pleased to announce the debut of ICEfaces.org.
Rich in technical resources, ICEfaces.org fosters open communication
among the ICEfaces community, promoting development of ICEfaces projects
and providing an umbrella for community support.
ICEfaces is professional grade open source software
specifically engineered to meet the unique challenges of enterprise
application development and deployment. ICEfaces leverages the entire
standards-based Java EE ecosystem of tools and execution environments.
The product resolves mission critical deployment issues such as
scalability, availability, and redundancy. At the same time it delivers
the most secured Ajax application model in the industry.
ICEfaces applications are Java technology based applications,
as a standards-compliant solution for developing interactive and
collaborative multi-user applications using Ajax Push technology," noted
Maryka. "ICEsoft has been proud to pioneer this technology, which
allows presentation changes to be asynchronously pushed from the
application server to the browser client. ICEfaces' Ajax Push technology
enables a new breed of rich enterprise applications that provide
instant feedback to application users when server-side application
"ICEsoft was in the dynamic Web business for years before any
of the hype around Ajax and Web 2.0 first hit the blogosphere," said Ed
Burns, a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems. "ICEfaces is a
clear demonstration of the power of combining solid Web expertise with
the flexibility of the JavaServer Faces specification. With the
ICEfaces product being released into open source, and ICEsoft's
membership in the Java Community Process, JSF 2.0 will only stand to
benefit. I welcome the release of ICEfaces into open source. I'm very
hopeful that many of the great ideas in ICEfaces will positively
influence and accelerate the development of JSF 2.0."
ICEfaces is licensed under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
"Our decision to go with MPL was based on our assessment of the unique
needs of sustainable professional open source software," states Brian
McKinney, president and CEO of ICEsoft. "First, we felt that we needed
to use a license that was well understood by the open source community.
Second, we wanted the license to reflect the spirit of open source in
its treatment of developer acknowledgement and reciprocity. Third, we
believed that the license needed to be clear and unambiguous in stating
that end users not modifying the original code base-that is, creating
derivative works-are under no obligation to open source their
application code, and remain free to license their software under
whatever commercial conditions they choose. After an extensive review
of open source license models we determined that the MPL would best meet
the spirit and needs of our vibrant open source development community."
This release of ICEfaces also includes much tighter
integration with industry leading IDEs. Extensions have also been in the
software release to facilitate integration with JBoss SEAM technology
and to simplify integration with third party component libraries.
ICEfaces Open Source is available immediately for download. To download, go to www.icesoft.org or www.icefaces.org. Enterprise support options are available starting at an annual subscription price of $2,500/year. For more options visit: http://www.icesoft.org/support/icefaces-subscriptions-and-support.jsf
About ICEsoft Technologies:
Technologies, Inc., The Rich Web Company, is the leading provider of
standards-compliant, Ajax-based solutions for developing and deploying
Java EE, rich Internet applications. The company's portfolio of
enterprise level Java products includes ICEfaces, an Ajax application
framework that enables Java EE application developers to easily create
and deploy thin-client rich Web applications in pure Java. Visit www.icesoft.org.
and ICEfaces are registered trademarks or trade names of ICEsoft
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