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eBay Create Java-to-JavaScript Eclipse Plugin

Jessica Thornsby

PLUS, Orion is finally officially proposed as an Eclipse project.

Contest to Design the JSF Logo

After ten years, the JSF team have decided that it’s time the
project got its own logo! Ed Burns has announced the logo will
be decided by a contest, with the designer of the winning logo
receiving a signed copy of his “Secrets of the Rockstar
Programmers” book. The winner will have to submit a signed Oracle
Contributor Agreement. The contest closes on 29th April 2011 at
12:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time, and Ed Burns will select the

Siwpas Java EE 6 Application Sever Goes GA!

The Simple Web Profile Application Server (Siwpas) Java
based application server platform is now generally available. Siwpas provides a platform for
running web apps implemented using the Java EE 6 Web Profile
technologies, and a Java Server Faces-based administration console.
Siwpas is available in two flavours: Siwpas Community Edition and
Siwpas Enterprise Edition. The Siwpas source
can be found at Google Code.

Want to find out more about Siwpas? Check out the Java EE 6
issue of Java Tech Journal
, which features an article by Gurkan
Erdogdu on Siwpas.

eBay Create Java-to-JavaScript IDE

eBay’s VJET JavaScript IDE is now available from the Eclipse Marketplace. VJET
provides a strongly typed, runtime and integrated development
environment between Java and JavaScript. It exposes JavaScript
native, browser-specific, and user-defined types in Java, and
exposes common Java packages – for example java.lang and java.util
– in JavaScript. The IDE maintains object identity, references, and
modifications, in objects moving between JavaScript and Java. The
Eclipse plugin features code assistance, syntax and semantic
validation, and type searching and type outlines.

Spring-Based Axon Framework Reaches 1.0

The Axon framework has reached version 1.0. Axon builds on top of Spring and
Spring Integration, and supports the Command-Query Responsibility
and Event Driven Architecture patterns. Axon Framework provides
Command Bus implementations for dispatching a command to the
appropriate command handler, and mechanisms for publishing Events
to the interested event listeners. Command Bus implementations that
support routing and remoting are currently planned for future
releases of the framework.

Orion Officially Proposed as Eclipse

It may have already caused a stir in the Eclipse community, but
has finally been proposed as an Eclipse project. The proposal mentions
the SWT Browser Edition work done in the e4 incubator and its
relation to Orion:

“We have come to the conclusion that these efforts are not the
right direction for browser-based tools. The performance and UI
design characteristics of desktop applications do not translate
well to the browser. We have chosen instead to pursue a quite
different direction. The Orion code base is a completely new
implementation, focused on web technologies and principles. The
idea is to make the web itself the development environment, instead
of trying to bring existing desktop IDE concepts to the

The proposal also states that Orion will make Eclipse a player
in the web-based software development market. The Orion team are
aiming to produce an incubating release to coincide with the Indigo
release train.

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