The idea is simple - to make a RESTful XML API available in a browser-friendly format renderable with XSL stylesheets. With ReXSL you develop your web application as a RESTful "web service" while XSL stylesheets transform it to an HTML web site.
The diagram explains how components are connected to each other. It is a classic Model-view-controller (MVC) pattern, where JAXB POJOs play a role of a Model. JAX-RS resources are Controllers. Stylesheets with a powerful XSL 2.0 language are Views.
You should be familiar with Java 6, Groovy, Apache Maven, XML, XSL 2.0, XPath 2.0, XML Schema, JAX-RS 2.0, JAXB 2, Java Servlet API, REST, HATEOAS, HTTP 1.1, TDD. If any of these technologies are new for you - ReXSL won't work. However, we strongly recommend to learn them.
- Graphic design evolves in parallel with Java classes
- Web front-end is an API at the same time
- Static analysis of generated CSS and HTML is build automated
- Layout is decoupled from data
- many others... (to be continued)
This article explains how to create a working web application using ReXSL in five minutes: Quick Start Guide. s3auth.com is an open source web application that is build using ReXSL framework: see its code in github. Other projects that use ReXSL: expinia.com, netbout.com (email us to get into this list).
ReXSL pays a lot of attention to unit and integration testing. Actually, 80% of our code is for helping you to test your application. As soon as you understand how ReXSL works (and learn the technologies listed above), read this article: Introduction to ReXSL Testing.
Post us a message in our Google Newsgroup if you're interested or just curious what is it all about. Besides that, don't hesitate to submit a ticket to our Trac when something doesn't work or you need more features.
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