Simply Rich

ZK 2.1.2 Release Note


Version 2.1.2

Released on October 3, 2006. [History]

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Getting Simpler and Richer

Feature Updates

  • 69 XUL and 82 HTML off-the-shelf components.
    • Tabbox, grid, listbox, tree, menu, combobox, bandbox, datebox, chart, hbox, vbox, window, slider, paging, 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 and serializable.
    • 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:
    1562214, 1563300, 1561398, 1450988, 1565483, 1565486, 1565288, 1569285.
    • French messages are supported. Thank Jerome Vergereau for his contribution.
    • Support Spring Transaction Synchronization for ZK.
    • Tomcat 4.1.x are supported. See How-tos.
    • forEachBegin and forEachEnd are supported.
    • Support Acegi SecurityContext for ZK.
  • Bug fixes:
    1548478, 1563327, 1563932, 1565463, 1563206, 1567464, 1567187, 1486556, 1568952, 1568393, 1568220, 1562239, 1567233.
    • Support JBoss Portal.

Upgrade Notes

  • The org.zkoss.zk.ui.ext.PostCreate class is renamed to org.zkoss.zk.ui.ext.AfterCompose, since it is less confusion (it is called before the onCreate event executes) And, the postCreate method is renamed to afterCompose. Note: macro components implement this interface, so use afterCompose instead, if you want to create macro components manually.
  • The format of the argument for Window's setCtrlKeys is changed. Refer to the Developer's Guide.
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