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Subject [Tapestry Wiki] Update of "FrameworkComparisons" by DanielJue
Date Wed, 19 Mar 2008 15:26:18 GMT
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New page:
Some of this information can be found elsewhere in the Tapestry documentation.

= Reasons for using Tapestry =
A colleague of mine recently reminded me that in order to '''''really''''' know you want to
use something, you have to know when not to use it.

== When to use Tapestry ==
 * If you have a one or more designers (the artsy-people) who like to modify HTML documents
instead of things like JSPs.
 * If you don't like dealing with XML configuration (Tapestry 5)

== When not to use Tapestry ==
 * If you are stuck on Java 1.4 or are otherwise forbidden from using annotations and Java
1.5 features.
 * If you require out-of-the-box Portlet support (check for updates, or re-word this, may
be available in T4/T5)
 * If you are afraid or forbidden to learn new technology/frameworks/patterns (IOC, Maven,
 * If you are not allowed to use Maven. (Currently used by T5 for gathering library dependencies,
although not specifically required)

== Challenges faced by Tapestry newcomers ==
Some of these are addressed elsewhere in the Tapestry documentation.
 * Static Structure, Dynamic Behavior.  This is not as limiting as it may seem, and the benefits
are worth it.  Usually this issue comes up when users want hot-pluggable components, like
what you can get using a PHP based Content Management System.  In almost all cases, the user
just needs to apply some creative thinking in order to accomplish the goal, while still using
a static structure.  It may also require you to redefine your notion of "structure" and "behavior"
depending on which frameworks you have used previously.

= Comparisons to previous versions of Tapestry =
This is addressed elsewhere, and it was done so early on because it is a hot topic.  Tapestry
tends to make use of new technology as the years pass, and many times that has resulted in
major change.  Granted, this usually happened on Major revision changes, so some incompatibility
is to be expected as with any framework.  Tapestry 5 (T5) was designed so that any future
changes would have less of an impact.

= Quick Comparisons to Other Frameworks =

 * Tapestry And Struts
  * See TapestryFasttrackForStrutsProgrammers

 * Tapestry And Wicket
  * See author Kent Tong's blog post "My Thoughts On The Differences" [http://agileskills2.org/blog/2007/09/my_thoughts_on_the_differences.html]
  * placeholder

 * Tapestry And JSF
  * placeholder

 * Tapestry And Flex
  * placeholder

 * Tapestry And GWT (Google Web Toolkit)
  * placeholder

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