RichFaces 4 release plans

I know that many people waited long time to find out when RichFaces 4 will be released. Last week Jay Balunas announced the release schedule leading to RichFaces 4 GA release.

  • October, 2010 : 4.0.0.Milestone3 In Development
  • November, 2010 : 4.0.0.Milestone4
  • December, 2010 : 4.0.0.Milestone5
  • January, 2011 : 4.0.0.CR1
  • January, 2011 : 4.0.0.CR2
  • February, 2011 : 4.0.0.Final

Although we all wanted, including myself for RichFaces 4 to be released sooner, the new schedule will ensure that all the components are of highest quality and well tested. Something that you would expect from RichFaces:

Can you start using RichFaces 4 today? Absolutely. The latest version is milestone 2. Almost all the core features are already there and many components have been migrated as well. I have been using it for some time. As I blogged before, RichFaces 4 is a major upgrade:

  • All JavaScript is now based on jQuery
  • Ajax framework improvements extending the JSF 2 specification
  • Component review for consistency, usability, and redesign following semantic HTML principles
  • Both server-side and client-side performance optimization
  • Strict code clean-up and review
  • New and easy to use CDK (Component Development Kit)

I think it’s well worth the extra wait.

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