Xdev Java Application Framework goes open source
California's Xdev Software Corp. has released its Java application framework as an open source product. The Java library is said to make it much easier to develop independent database applications based on Swing. Users are permitted to use the framework for commercial purposes; the CPL compatible license specifically allows this.
The framework performs a number of tasks for developers, such as event handling, forms checking, generating and sending SQL statements, as well as processing result sets using an abstract data layer. This means that users do not have to worry about the idiosyncrasies of various databases and SQL dialects. According to Xdev, if the database is changed, the developer simply changes the database interface; no further intervention in the program logic is necessary. In addition, the framework offers GUI components, a PDF report engine, and an architecture for Java Applets.