Open source enterprise content management company Alfresco and VMware subsidiary SpringSource announced a new composition framework for the development of content-rich Java-based web applications.
The new framework, called Spring Surf Extension, is designed to increase the ease of Java web development through the Spring programming model by allowing a scriptable approach to defining web templates, components and pages. Developers will be able to script views and content renditions on top of both new and existing projects in Spring VMC.
"Alfresco has invested considerable effort in Spring Surf, which provides a viable alternative to Apache Tiles for the construction of rich web pages from reusable components," said SpringSource head of web application development products Keith Donald.
Features of the new release will include page layout and composition frameworks for Spring MVC web applications, hooks into content management interoperability service specification and Alfresco web content management, and integration into SpringRoo and the SpringSource Tool Suite, as well as a complementary scripting framework.
Alfresco is an open source enterprise content management provider based in the U.K. and founded in 2005. SpringSource is a Java application infrastructure and management division of VMware, a virtualization company founded in 1998 and based in Palo Alto, California.