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ICEsoft Announces ICEfacesT Enterprise For Thin Client AJAX

Release Implements Thin Client AJAX and AJAX Push Technology

ICEsoft released of ICEfaces Enterprise Edition v1.0. ICEfaces is the only integrated AJAX application framework for Java EE. ICEfaces extends JavaServer Faces, enabling Java developers to easily create and deploy thin-client rich web applications in pure Java. The new solution harnesses the power of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), a technique for developing interactive Web-based applications that have the richness of conventional software programs residing on the user's PC.

"ICEsoft offers the most elegant way to develop rich Internet applications in Java", claims Steve Maryka, CTO. "With well over 25 man years of development effort invested, ICEfaces is the only standards-based solution that implements Ajax capabilities without requiring the application developer to write any JavaScript code."

ICEfaces is the only rich Internet technology in existence today that delivers the feature of Thin Client AJAX. With ICEfaces, application logic is completely server resident, and incremental changes to the presentation are delivered to the browser and reassembled using a lightweight AJAX bridge. With ICEfaces, Java developers can do what they do best - develop rich, thin-client Java applications while eliminating the proliferation of JavaScript code.

In contrast, other rich Internet solution providers generally implement application richness through client-resident JavaScript. As user interface complexity increases, additional JavaScript is required in the implementation, which can dramatically increase development, testing, and maintenance efforts.  Furthermore, implementing application logic in JavaScript can result in long page loading times, impair searchability of the page, and can compromise source code security.

Additionally, ICEfaces supports AJAX Push technology which allows presentation changes to be efficiently pushed directly from the server to the client. The server-side application can interact with a wide range of existing back-end data tier services and asynchronously send dynamic data back to the application UI without requiring user interaction. Ajax Push technology is incredibly powerful, and delivers a new level of application dynamics that other Ajax approaches cannot duplicate.  Ajax Push is a standard feature of ICEfaces, and it can be leveraged entirely from Java application logic, eliminating the need for some inefficient polling mechanism implemented in JavaScript.

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