Project jMaki Melds Ajax And Java

    June 20, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

The newest plug-in for the NetBeans Integrated Developer Environment (IDE) allows developers to blend JavaScript with Java for their applications.

Project jMaki helps developers bring Ajax functionality to their applications. Sun Microsystems announced that they have introduced a preview of a plug-in for NetBeans developers so they can take advantage of jMaki’s usefulness in application building.

With Internet users responding well to clever and useful implementations of Ajax in web applications, more developers have explored Ajax and its potential for their work. Project jMaki provides a way for Java developers to accomplish this.

Developers can use jMaki to enable the use of JavaScript in Java applications, either as a Java Server Pages tag library or a Java Server Faces component, the project’s website noted. Combining Java and JavaScript through jMaki permits the construction of Ajax components.

The plug-in for NetBeans 5.5 may be downloaded from the project site. An IDE is not required to implement the jMaki framework in an application.

However, by using the plug-in, NetBeans developers can drag and drop jMaki components directly into JSP pages. Project jMaki has also been tested against the latest builds of the open source Java Enterprise Edition 5 application server, GlassFish.

The Ajax Impact website illustrated the construction of a jMaki Widget. A developer can combine CSS, HTML, and bootstrap code components to build that Widget.

Bootstrap code can come from a variety of sources, like Google, Yahoo, and Dojo. Sun recently disclosed that it join the Dojo Foundation as a sponsor as it participates in the Dojo Toolkit project.

Sun’s Ajax architect, Greg Murray, has been tapped to be one of the people participating in Dojo as a Sun representative. Also, Sun said it has joined the OpenAJAX Alliance, where it and a number of other companies will work toward identifying best Ajax practices and encouraging the use of Ajax technology by other developers in the industry.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.