We are glad to announce the immediate availability of Aranea Web Framework 1.0 final release.
Aranea 1.0 is the first stable release of Aranea Web Framework. The API are now fully frozen until 2.x release cycle and documentation includes a 120+ pages Reference Manual, an Introductory Tutorial, a Hands-On Tutorial, Technical Report, Javadoc API and example applications. The framework is widely used in-house in both large and small projects and by now has been successfully deployed to production in most of them.
Aranea is an Open-Source Object-Oriented Web Application Framework that focuses on integration, maintainability and reuse. Our vision of Aranea includes three main themes:
- An Object-Oriented Framework. Aranea provides the component model based on static types and usual objects that facilitates applying Object-Oriented design to achieve a high level of maintainability and reuse. It also provides an extensive reusable component library that helps build complex and dynamic user interfaces.
- A Lightweight Web Application Integration Platform. Using Aranea component object model it becomes trivial to integrate and assemble seamlessly applications from disparate components. And since a whole application can be considered just a component it is just as simple to integrate whole applications, even dynamically. Aranea can be seen as a viable lightweight alternative to Portlets, especially with remote integration on the way.
- A Web Framework Integration Platform. Instead of competing with the numerous web frameworks, we want to harness their power and variety by integrating them with Aranea. We’d like to enable developers to make use of any framework features or components they find useful in their applications and Aranea to serve as glue among the application components. We especially want to support making different components or parts of application using different framework, as different requirements command different approaches.
The next step in Aranea development will focus on the third theme, which at the moment is represented in prototype stage only. Our first candidates for integration are Google Web Toolkit, Java Server Faces and Struts, with the rest to follow later. We expect to present a working integration demo on the JavaPolis 2006 conference in December.
Aranea development is supported by Webmedia, Ltd.
Webmedia is a system development and consultancy company focusing on developing long-term partnerships with corporate customers in public and private sector. Today, Webmedia is one of the largest software development companies in the Baltics, currently employing over 200 people in software development with front offices and development in Estonia, Lithuania and Finland, and an additional development centers in Romania and Serbia. Webmedia sees the software development process as very complex but still dynamic where different competences have to be combined in order to achieve quality applications as well as return on investment. Webmedia offers complete application life-cycle management services.