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March - 2008 - issue > Technology

Gear up your Java Web Applications for RIA experience

Kishore Kumar
Friday, February 29, 2008
Kishore Kumar
There are many tools and technologies out there that will help you develop new generation applications. In this article we will discuss about developing Rich Internet applications using Java and OpenLaszlo.

About OpenLaszlo

OpenLaszlo is an open source platform for developing rich Internet applications. As this is being written the latest stable release is 4.0.10 and all listings in this article have been tested on this version. With OpenLaszlo you write XML files containing special OpenLaszlo tags and event handling code, also called the LZX language, to define your user interface. The event handling code is very similar to JavaScript, and so it is easy to learn and get used to. These XML files are then converted and rendered as flash movies (sw7 or sw8 files) or as DHTML code. As you already know, the flash movies will be played on a Flash Player and the DHTML code will be rendered directly by the browser.

Getting started

Installation: OpenLaszlo comes in two download options: a full server installation or just the core web application. The full server installation has a bundled Tomcat Server with it.

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