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ZK 2.0.1 Release Note


Version 2.0.1

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Released on June 26, 2006. [History]

Feature Updates

  • 65 XUL and 82 HTML off-the-shelf components.
    • Tabbox, grid, listbox, tree, menu, combobox, bandbox, datebox, hbox, vbox, window, slider, audio, image, timer, include, iframe...
    • Drag-and-drop supported by all components, such that users can drag components and drop them to any other or particular set of components.
    • Context menus and customizable tooltips supported by all components, such that a menu or any popup appears when user click, right-click or move the mouse over a component.
    • Customizable sorting of listbox, grid and children of any component with 100% Java codes (java.lang.Comparator).
    • Auto-completion for combobox.
    • Live data for listbox.
    • All components are cloneable.
    • Validation and formatting for any input components, such as regular expression and $#,##0.
    • 100% Java API of FCKeditor and Dojo components.
  • Event-driven, server-centric model
    • More than 20 events are supported: onChange, onChanging, onScroll, onSelect, onShow, onZIndex...
    • All event listeners are handled in Java, either by compiled byte-codes or by BeanShell, up to application developers.
    • All events are processed at the server. No JavaScript required.
    • All events are synchronized. No racing condition to worry about.
  • ZK User-interface Markup Language (ZUML).
    • Rich user interface could be designed in ZUML as simple as authoring HTML pages.
    • Powerful yet intuitive control flow by the if, unless and forEach attribute.
    • Scripting in Java (by BeanShell) and EL expressions.
    • Hot changes and updates without restarting your Web applications.
  • Browser history management.
    • Add states to browser's back button history. Then, users can bookmark and use the back and forward button to navigate different states of the same ZK desktop.
  • Simple yet boundless component model.
    • Macro components. Developing a full-feature new component by using another ZUML pages.
    • Inheritable customization. Developing a new component by extending existent components.
    • Seamlessly and easily to encapsulate pure-client components as ZK components with 100% Java API.
    • Customizing components with pre-compiled Java or by scripting in Java. The choice is yours.
  • Simple yet flexible threading model.
    • Thread-safe component handling.
    • True server-side Modal dialog.
    • Suspend and resume event listeners freely.
  • 100% Customizable User-Interface factory.
    • Loading ZUML pages not only from Web contents but also any repository such as database.
    • Customizing the features of sessions, desktops and pages.

What's New

  • New Features:
    1505319, 1505760, 1505410, 1505883, 1509204, 1509878, 1508629.
    • Components are cloneable.
    • Components can be detached from one desktop in an event listener, and then attached to another desktop in another event listener.
  • Bug fixes:
    1505769, 1505833, 1506652, 1506712, 1506712, 1509898, 1510317, 1510279, 1510374, 1507142, 1510856, 1510218.

Upgrade Notes

  • The namespace of XUL component set is renamed to http://www.potix.com/2005/zul (instead of http://www.mozilla.org/keymaster/gatekeeper/there.is.only.xul).
  • Page.getDefinition is removed, so it can be serialized.
  • Page.recreate is removed, since we don't store PageDefinition in page any more.
  • Component.getDefintion is removed, so it can be serialized.
  • Component.getDesktop returns null until it is added to a desktop. In other words, it is null in the contructor. It also implies you cannot set the attribute to the desktop scope in the contructor.
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