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.
By integrating NetObjects’ servlet capabilities with EJB, developers can
now create solutions for the development of dynamic content, as well as
specific e-commerce and personalization applications.
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.