Loom is an annotation-based web framework with a lot of exciting features included in its 1.0RC1 release. This is the first version that reached the stability and performance objectives set two years ago, which makes it our first 1.0 release candidate.
If you are interested in a 10-second test, look at the demo
(try to introduce invalid data); 1 minute introduction, check out the underlying architecture
; and if you have 10 minutes to spare, you may read the getting started
chapter on the reference guide.
Be warned, the demo does not look like Java at all.
We are leaving some busy months behind. It's impossible to include the full list of features included in this release, but being brief:
* It generates HTML 5 compliant pages.
* Lots of CSS classes are automatically calculated, such as the property type, unauthorized links and required fields. The same with maxlength and size attributes.
* The same validations are executed at the browser and the server side.
* Support of Collection, Arrays, Maps, Set properties. The framework is frequently getting abused these days.
* Automatically detects the JavaRebel runtime agent for hot-redeploying Actions without a server restart.
* Includes a libraries repository to keep script versions organized.
* The demo application gets a nice YSlow score without any special considerations.
If you are familiar with the Grails web API, Loom has developed a similar structure by accident. A partner called that CommonSense Driven Design, and the name sticked.
We would be grateful for any feedback about this release: what to remove, what you find missing, and why.