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Liferay assumes leadership of PortletFaces community

Enterprise open-source portal expert, Liferay has announced that they have been granted leadership for all JavaServer Faces open source projects with the PortletFaces community. 

Since co-founding the PortletFaces community alongside Mimacom, as a response to increasing demand for JSF portlets, Liferay has played a huge role overseeing sub-projects like PortletFaces Bridge, AlloyFaces and LiferayFaces. By becoming a steward of the community Liferay maintains the overlap between the enterprise operation and these projects.

JSF has long been the standard for building server-side user interfaces on the Java EE platform and is widely leveraged among enterprise Java developers. LiferayFaces is currently in its sixth major series with LiferayFaces 6.0.0.2 released back in October. By having Liferay at the centre of the PortletFaces community, we can expect a fluid link-up to other open source offerings by them.

"The popularity of Liferay technology in the portletfaces.org community and Liferay’s history of leading successful open source projects made this decision an easy one—it is a win-win for the Liferay and JSF developer communities," said Atul Patel, Director of Agile Solutions of Triton Services, Inc. "Liferay has a long tradition of embracing JCP standards like the Portlet API, and we are confident that their commitment to JSF will yield the best results for the JSF community.”

"The work we have done at portletfaces.org has paid great dividends," added Micha Kiener, Head of Research & Innovation at Mimacom AG. "By making this contribution, our Liferay customers will now also enjoy the benefits of enterprise support for JSF as part of their Liferay subscriptions. Mimacom is looking forward to continued participation and improvements for JSF and Liferay integration."

Since open-sourcing the Liferay Portal Platform back in 2001, the company's higher echelons have always had an open source agenda, which in turn saw their community blossom to over 60K worldwide.

"We have seen strong demand for JSF portlet development from Liferay’s community and customers," said Neil Griffin, JSF Team Lead at Liferay and lead developer at portletfaces.org. "This contribution by Triton and Mimacom provides Liferay with the opportunity to support JSF under Liferay, Inc.’s Enterprise Subscription and Support (ESS) offering.”

The transition of projects to Liferay is already underway, and is scheduled for completion this month. The projects will be repackaged under a new umbrella project called "Liferay Faces.” It's a big announcement for the PortletFaces community, seeing them move under Liferay's jurisidiction fully. With the huge tie to them already, it is inevitably a wise move nonetheless

Chris Mayer

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