July 19th, 2006

ICEsoft Announces the following ICEfaces™ Releases

Community Edition (CE) v1.0.1:

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, with no JavaScripting required.

With ICEfaces Community Edition (CE), developers can build and deploy rich Internet applications at no cost. The ICEfaces community has been thriving since the first CE release back in April of this year. ICEsoft is pleased to announce the release of ICEfaces Community Edition (CE) v1.0.1. This release includes numerous enhancements and fixes.

To download ICEfaces Community Edition click here. To view the Release Notes click here.

Enterprise Edition (EE) v1.0:

The Enterprise Edition (EE) is a commercial upgrade that goes beyond the basic features of CE, and adds enterprise-class scalability and robustness, as well as several enterprise-level support options. Specifically, ICEfaces EE adds the following additional features to the Community Edition:

* Advanced Connection Management: Provides connection heartbeating to maintain connection health, and provide additional connect status indicators. Also supports redirection in face of lost connections.

* Asynchronous HTTP Server: Provides Enterprise-level scalability for ICEfaces applications that leverage Ajax Push technology and asynchronous mode deployments. A powerful feature that is unique to ICEfaces.

* Clustered Deployment Support: ICEfaces applications can now be deployed in clustered environments. Specifically, ICEfaces Enterprise Edition now includes a BroadcastRenderManager capable of performing Ajax Push across multiple nodes in a cluster, and documented configurations for clustered deployments of ICEfaces applications.

A trial version of ICEfaces Enterprise Edition is available immediately. Click here to download. Click here to view the Release Notes.

To see a complete feature comparison between the Enterprise Edition (EE) and the Community Edition (CE) click here.

Pricing and Availability
ICEfaces Community Edition 1.0 is completely free for development and deployment. Pricing for the Enterprise Edition starts at $1500/CPU.

What is Thin Client Ajax and Ajax Push Technology?

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. ICEfaces and Ajax Push truly enable a new class of dynamic rich web application, where the user has an instantaneous view of the dynamic data they are interacting with, and paves the way for multi-user collaborative applications that were previously unachievable with a lightweight web model.

Read the full press release click here.

About ICEsoft Technologies:

ICEsoft 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.com.

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