Apache Click v2.3.0 Milestone 1 now available
Click 2.3.0 Milestone 1 is available for download. This milestone contains important new features including Ajax support, Page Actions and light-weight stateful controls. In addition there are new documentation, examples and other minor enhancements.
- Click Home
- Roadmap and Changes - full list of new features, improvements and bug fixes
- Upgrade Path - please see the upgrade path when upgrading from 2.2.0 or earlier.
- Download Click 2.3.0-M1
- Maven bundles
- Live examples
New features and improvement
- Ajax support.
- Page Action support.
- Stateful Controls.
- Improve fields to only be processed if they have an incoming request parameter. This improvement streamlines dynamic forms since fields added at runtime during s POST request won't bind their values and won't be validated for that request. In subsequent requests the Field will have an incoming parameter and so will have it's value bound and validated. Another advantage is that dynamically added Fields won't have their default value overridden in the POST request they were added in. This issue has been raised by Nirmal Solanki [CLK-722].
- Added automapping support for GAE with a caveat that page templates must be placed under the folders page or pages. This issue was raised by Ke Sun [CLK-639].
- Added MessagesMapService interface to support pluggable messages map implementations [CLK-655].
- Improved MessagesMap to be extendable and customizable [CLK-728].
- Added support for loading DateField translations for month and day names from the JDK. [CLK-650].
- Added support for Menus that do not have roles defined. If no roles are defined, IsUserInRoles passes a null argument to hasAccess to determine whether access is permitted to menus without roles [CLK-724].
- Added support for absolute page classnames when configuring pages in click.xml. Absolute classnames aids with IDE hot-linking and is less confusing to use. [CLK-704].
- Fixed escaping of control values and attributes to be XML friendly in order to support Ajax requests. Previously all HTML characters was escaped, now only the following characters are escaped: <, >, ", ', & [CLK-674].
- Added a section covering the new Behavior support.
- Added a chapter on Ajax, covering AjaxBehaviors, Ajax execution flow and a full example.
- Added a section covering the new Page Action support.
- Added examples showcasing the new Ajax support. See the Ajax Menu for the full list of examples.
- Added an example showing how to integrate a TabbedPanel, Form and Table.
- Added an example showing a Stateful TabbedPanel.
- Added an example FieldSeparator Control and example usage page [CLK-544].
- Deprecated stateful page support: Page.setStateful().
Stateful pages had the following issues:
- Stateful pages was introduced to make it easier to store page state across multiple HTTP requests. However developing a stateful page is very different from developing a stateless one and this lead to Click applications that are inconsistent and harder to maintain.
- In addition stateful page support has never been implemented consistently across the framework and some components did not work correctly.
- Stateful pages are very coarse grained, making it difficult to control which objects are stored in the session.
- Stateful pages have also introduced unnecessary complexity in the framework itself, which can now be phased out.
The Apache Click team