webWise Network Consultants have released Tornado Server
under a GPL license after six years of closed source development. Tornado Server is a Java web development framework designed from the ground up to solve common business problems.
Tornado Server is unique in that it stores all application design information in a relational database (HSQLDB, by default), allowing application design and metadata to be stored together as a single package. Tornado applications are self-contained, self-documenting and can be copied easily between server instances, making it a good choice for web software developers to deploy their applications to customers.
Tornado's remote management capabilities were born in the geographically dispersed mining industry. Complete management of a Tornado Server can be performed remotely using a standard web browser, including upgrading the core server software. This remote management provides great advantages to Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), allowing total server management between companies and through firewalls.
Tornado Server attempts to speed up development of Web 2.0 applications by simplifying common tasks, such as security and database connectivity to allow the rapid development of complex web based applications.
It's not a J2EE server, but provides a custom design facility that allows construction of applications completely over HTTP. There's also a payware IDE available for use with Tornado.
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