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Lift picking up momentum
Created by bagwell on 2009-05-06. Updated: 2009-05-06, 14:14
Lift a Web Framework, is receiving more attention, growing a commercial user base and gaining momentum. In the May/June 2009 Edition of the IEEE Internet Computing journal Steve Vinoski publishes an article "Scala and Lift - Functional Recipes for the Web" in his column "The Functional Web".
In describing the article he explains, "Lift is a framework implemented on Scala’s functional features. The Scala language offers functional programming features and asynchronous message-passing concurrency alongside a statically typed model. Lift exploits this model to offer secure, higher-level abstractions to Web developers."
In concluding the article, which he co-authored with Debasish Ghosh, they talk of "the power and utility of both Scala and Lift" and "encourage you to explore the references for more information", a serious recommendation to go try it.
"Lift's excellent 'Comet made easy' philosophy made it an absolute no-brainer as the choice of framework for the Apache ESME project. Additionally, the fact that Lift-based applications run unchanged on the SAP's NetWeaver CE Java application server makes this an intriguing approach for enterprise applications in the SAP world"
Dave Pollak, Lifts creator has become a popular speaker. You can hear him talk about Lift at
- JavaOne presenting "Lift: The best way to create rich Internet applications in Scala" (BOF-3820), June 2
- ScalaLiftOff in San Fransisco on Saturday June 6 where you can meet him in an unconference.
- Open Bridge Conference "Introduction to Lift", June 17–19, 2009, Portland, Oregon
For developers, there is now a book "Exploring Lift" by Derek Chen-Becker, Tyler Weir and Marius Danciu, available from Apress that gives you all the implementation information you need to create a rich Web application in record time.
It appears developing web sites has never been easier.