Version 1.0.3 of EchoStudio, a visual development tool for creating web-based applications with the Echo framework, has been released. The product now includes sample applications such as a Loan Calculator and Web-based E-mail client.
- Posted by: Tod Liebeck
- Posted on: August 30 2004 07:46 EDT
Creating a sample application with the New Application Wizard: http://www.nextapp.com/products/echostudio/news/v1_0_3/wizard.png
Editing a visually developed form of a sample application using the Form Editor: http://www.nextapp.com/products/echostudio/news/v1_0_3/formeditor.png
Running a sample application from within the IDE: http://www.nextapp.com/products/echostudio/news/v1_0_3/running.png
For more information on EchoStudio, visit http://www.nextapp.com/products/echostudio.
For more information about the Echo framework, visit http://www.nextapp.com/products/echo.
EchoStudio is an Eclipse 3.0-based rapid application development tool capable of creating web-based applications that work and act like rich clients. Building upon the power of the open-source Echo Framework, EchoStudio offers easy-to-use tools that enable developers to design more compelling user interfaces in less time.
* A visual form editor enables the creation of complete user interfaces as well as reusable Echo components using a point-and-click interface.
* A visual style sheet editor creates reusable themes to define the look-and-feel of applications.
* Wizard-driven development tools automate the creation of projects, forms, and style sheets.
* Applications can be run and debugged entirely within the EchoStudio environment.
* Highly integrated support for localizing web applications, including the ability to instantly preview forms with different locales as they are being edited.
* Support for Echo component libraries such as EchoPoint and Sierra.
* Includes ready-to-run sample applications.
* Applications may be packaged as Java Web Archive (WAR files) and deployed to any J2EE Application Server or Servlet Container.
* Built on the Eclipse 3.0 platform to provide state-of-the-art source editing, refactoring, testing, collaboration and debugging facilities.
* Includes the Echo Web Application Framework, v1.1.
EchoStudio is available as a trial download at http://www.nextapp.com/products/echostudio. The product can be downloaded as either a complete development environment or as an Eclipse 3.0 plug-in.
About the Echo Web Application Framework
Echo is licensed under the open-source LGPL license, enabling the royalty-free development of both open- and closed-source software.
- EchoStudio IDE adds sample applications by Sam Taha on August 30 2004 11:13 EDT
- EchoStudio IDE adds sample applications by Konstantin Ignatyev on August 30 2004 11:50 EDT
- EchoStudio IDE adds sample applications by Francisco Figueiredo Jr. on August 30 2004 23:26 EDT
- EchoStudio IDE adds sample applications by Mark N on September 03 2004 07:25 EDT
Echo is a very nice framework for building web applications. Once you develop with Echo it is hard to go back to page oriented frameworks. EchoStudio complements the frameworks nicely. Nice work to the Nextapp folks.
Echo is very nice!
Can somebody advice me how to embed Echo application (or any other web applications) in a page as a component?
Easiest way is to use IFRAME tag, but IFRAME is not aware of its content and the content is not part of original page ( so problems with scaling, common stylesheets, scrollbars etc.)
Is there a jsp taglib that allows wrapping a web application to represent it as a component?
I would be more than happy to tell you how integrating Echo with other web pages however rather than filling up TSS with Echo tech talk, why not repost your question in the Echo support forums found at http://forum.nextapp.com/forum/
All I have to say, Sam Taha already said: "Once you develop with Echo it is hard to go back to page oriented frameworks."
Everytime I face some page oriented development I think: "How much easier it would be if it was done with Echo..."
Echo and also EchoPoint (echopoint.sf.net) are great projects for developing web apps. With the introduction of EchoStudio, I think this would enable an even faster development.
IMHO, Echo and echopoint in web presentation layer are comparable in quality and usability to hibernate in ORM, jboss in app server, tomcat in web server and many others high quality open source projects out there. I mean, Echo is a premier experience in web development.
I'd like to finish my message saying a big thank you to nextapp guys and to Brad Baker from echopoint for their excellent work.
I've been very impressed with how easy Echo is to learn... I think that's because I come from a desktop GUI background.
Pragmatically, JSF components will probably be the long term winner. Hans Berman has already issued a call for us to create JSF alternative frameworks that are decoupled from JSP, and I think Echo is a great model. Starting from Han's custom ClassViewHandler, it should be possible to build a JSF framework that feels very much like Echo. If I have time, I will pursue this.
Just saw the article in SD Times! Excellent. I hope to be using Echo more and more! Keep up the good work.