During my morning twitter scan I received a Monday morning surprise:
“ADF Essentials” has been released as a free-as-in-beer version of Oracle’s Application Development Framework. You can read more about the details at the official ADF Essentials page.
A few items I immediately noticed about this release:
Support for the ‘free’ Glassfish JEE Server. Glassfish is a JEE server that comes in two flavors – the ‘full’ version, or the open source ‘community’ version. Both are free to use unlicensed with the full version being pay-for-support.
ADF Essentials does not include the ability to use ADF Security (based on Oracle Platform Security Services) and will instead require users to use the Java Platform Security for creating secure applications. (That sounds like the topic for another blog post..)
ADF Essentials does not include the ability to use web service data controls. Instead, you’ll have to create your own POJO / Java based web service proxies for use with the ADF binding layer.
The ADF Business Components are included in this release. ADF BC will make a great deal of sense to developers struggling with how various OR frameworks deal with “impedance mismatching”, especially if you are more accustomed to relational data models.
I’m off to start downloading…