Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

IBM Releases Ajax Toolkit Framework

Category: Ajax, Toolkit

IBM has announced the release of their latest offering to the web development community today, an Ajax Toolkit Framework (ATF).

JAX Toolkit Framework (ATF) provides extensible tools for building IDEs for the many different AJAX (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) run-time environments (such as Dojo, Zimbra, etc.). This technology also contains features for developing, debugging, and testing AJAX applications. The framework provides enhanced JavaScript editing features such as edit-time syntax checking; an embedded Mozilla Web browser; an embedded DOM browser; and an embedded JavaScript debugger.

The framework is a part of the Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK) and does require a Windows machine (2000 or XP) to run it. If you’d like to download this toolkit, head over to their download site and grab it.

Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:21 am

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Okay, so I wanted to try this at work, but the ‘platform requirements for AJAX Toolkit Framework’ calls for 1024 MB of memory (actually it’s a ‘tri-Gig’ (or ‘Gig cubed’) requirement: 1GB free space, 1GB memory, 1GHz processor). I had that much memory at my previous job, but it’s certainly not going to happen with my current job. I know that you can typically still run things with less memory, but I don’t think my 256MB (19MB available) would take too kindly to trying. I’ll just have to try it out at home, then maybe I can convince my supervisor to up my memory. :-)

Comment by Jeremy — March 2, 2006

Have tried it but apart from the help, i couldn’t get anything .. Dojo is not supported yet unfortunately (Well, it is, but because of some packaging problems they didn’t ship it with this release)

Comment by javanaute — March 2, 2006

I installed this on both Eclipse 3.1 and Eclipse 3.2M5 and it didn’t work in either version. I’m all for release early and release often, but it seems like this one needs a few more hours in the oven.

It’s dissappointing that all the Eclipse projects except for the core Java IDE seem to initially reflect this same sloppy packaging and functionality.

Comment by gregzilla — March 3, 2006

Works for me on WTP 1.0.1.
For me the greatest new feature is, that this contains the first (to my knowledge) complete mozilla based browser easily embeddable into a java application.
I really would like to see the source code, and I believe there is some hope because the Eclipse Ajax toolkit mentions that it will be based on XULRunner as well.


Comment by Markus — March 3, 2006

It works with Eclipse 3.1.1 and WTP 1.0.0 as well and it runs with my 512MB RAM. The download ist 1.4 MB (+ ~9 MB for XULRunner). The Zimbra stuff is pretty heavy. But the Rico stuff is quite ligthweight

Comment by J-Wicz — March 5, 2006

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