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jMaki "SpeedGeeking"

Posted by arungupta on July 26, 2007 at 10:49 AM PDT

What is jMaki ?

If you have been following
my blog, then you know
it already. But a picture is worth a thousand words so here it is.

One-liner: jMaki is a light-weight framework for building Web 2.0
applications. The "j" is for JavaScript and "Maki" means to wrap in Japanese. The logo
is a Kanji symbol that means to wrap.

Three key points about jMaki:

  1. Toolkits - It allows to create Ajax-enabled widgets and
    provide a JavaScript wrapper over widgets from existing toolkits such as Dojo,
    Yahoo, Script.acualo.us and many others. The key advantage is
    that it provides a
    standard
    data model
    for each widget such as DataTable, Tree and Menu. This
    shields the developer from dissimilar data models of these widgets from
    different toolkits.
  2. Languages - jMaki-enabled web applications can be deployed on
    the Java platform, for example Java Server Pages (JSP) or Java Server Faces (JSF).
    They can also be deployed on Phobos
    - a server-side scripting environment that runs on the Java platform. And jMaki
    widgets can be embedded in PHP or Rails applications. It provides a natural
    format to the developers' language of choice.
  3. Tools - jMaki comes with

    NetBeans
    and
    Eclipse
    plug-ins that allow you to drag/drop widgets in a page and generate the
    appropriate code fragments. And for non-IDE developers, there is an Ant task
    that allows you to create a project with the appropriate library dependencies.

This is my "speedgeeking" @ OSCON 2007.

And for those with a "serious" interest, I'm showing how some of the
cool mashups
are
empowered by jMaki. Couple of them are available as screencasts at:

And more videos will be available later.

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