NetObjects Supports Enterprise Java Bean Technology
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NetObjects, Inc. announced that its NetObjects Fusion 3.0 Web site building application will be the first visual authoring product to immediately support Enterprise Java Beans (EJB).
EJB is a new Java technology specification that enables the rapid development of client-server applications.
NetObjects' EJB support is manifested through the use of a servlet (server-side Java applet) interface. Site builders simply drop a Java servlet onto a Web page built in NetObjects Fusion 3.0 and customize its properties through a user-friendly properties palette. When deployed to a server, the servlet then triggers a similar action, which uses EJB to access back-end enterprise data and applications.
Developers can build and customize EJBs and integrate them with servlets placed in NetObjects Fusion, while departmental site builders can use pre-built EJBs to access enterprise information. The advanced site-developer may also choose to use NetObjects Fusion's open Java-based API (NFX) technology to write a plug-in component that surfaces the EJB directly as a page layout object inside NetObjects Fusion.
For example, developers use EJBs to extract and format product names and prices from a database on the server.
By using NetObjects Fusion 3.0's servlet capabilities, developers can now use a visual tool to lay out and design dynamically driven content on any Web page.