IceFaces is a Java AJAX framework ().  Open-source.  Through it’s live connectivity to the DOM on the client ALL interactions are performed in sequence to a back-end supporting beans.

IceFaces has all the built-ins you would expect to be able to build a RIA app.  The best part is it works and even better: the tutorials on the site work!  There are so many open source frameworks out there with very little documentation.  More typically the site supporting your open source framework has limited, theoretical documentation – think of Hibernate or Spring – both excellent frameworks, but very sparse documentation on how to do regular, everyday things.  So, you end up poking around on the network and typically find several leads that are just wrong.

Such a pleasure to use a tool that you don’t have to waste time on redeveloping the wheel every day.