News: Wi.Ser: WidgetServer server-side GUI framework announced
The framework supports a mixed deployment mode, which enables one server to serve Swing clients and Web clients at the same time.
- Posted by: dirk von der weiden
- Posted on: July 22 2004 07:22 EDT
For Swing client/server applications the framework cares for the client/server split as well as for the client/server communication including compression and security layers.
The functionality of the Swing widget set is covered widely (and sometimes enhanced) in both (Swing and Web/HTML) client channels.
The project comes with a WYSIWYG GUI-builder which is completely build on the Wi.Ser framework technology.
Main improvements are:
- PLAF for Swing clients configurable
- UnifiedServer recognizes browser exit for Web/HTML clients
- Windowed objects problem in IE templatekit is solved
- improved listBox widgets for Web/HTML clients, renders all other widgets as list entries now
- Event channel can handle KeyEvents now
- Separate library for Swing clients (300KB)
- Improved tutorial and documentation
- Event monitoring tool
- Several bugfixes
Feedback & Comments are welcome (dvdw at dev dot java dot net)!
For more information goto:
- Wi.Ser: WidgetServer server-side GUI framework announced by Anodos Faeryblood on July 23 2004 17:33 EDT
- Wi.Ser basic architecture by dirk von der weiden on July 24 2004 08:55 EDT
I saw this a while back and thought it looked interesting. However, I seem to remember that it came with its own server? If I want to deploy a rich client using Wi.Ser, can I just deploy a .war to my web container, or must I also setup and manage a Wi.Ser server? How well would it integrate with my Spring based system, which exposes services via Hessian (which operates as a servlet)? I can envision a hybrid web app that is based on Struts, JSF, or Spring, and will sometimes launch a rich client for some operations. Would something like this be possible with Wi.Ser? Does Wi.Ser force me to be Wi.Ser only, or can I integrate it with my already existing application in the few places I need a rich client?
In its core the WiSer framework is driven by a a servlet which can be deployed in every standard servlet container. Tomcat 4+, Jetty (comes with the distribution) and Joe! are successfully tested. In other words, a Wi.Ser application is nothing else than a web application! If you look at the distribution (http://wiser.dev.java.net/servlets/ProjectDocumentList?folderID=1185) you will find many examples deployed into a preconfigured Jetty.
A combination with other frameworks like Struts is possible. But this has not been tested yet.