The Play! framework moves up a gear today with the first public beta of the 2.0 release. Play! will include native support for Scala and the Typesafe Stack. This should make Typesafe more appealling developers, as Typesafe gains a high-productivity web development framework that is deeply integrated with the Scala language and Akka middleware, to help developers quickly build sites that can scale.
The Play! framework is a high productivity open source web application framework inspired by Ruby on Rails and purpose-built for the Java and Scala programming languages. In this release, Scala support moves from a separate module to the core of the framework. Play! framework 2.0 builds on key components of the Typesafe Stack, including the Scala language and core libraries, Akka middleware, and Simple Build Tool (sbt), to make it easier than ever for both Java and Scala web developers to leverage the benefits of a modern software foundation.
In addition to native Scala support, other new features in Play! framework 2.0 include:
- Brand new build system with native Java and Scala support;
- Simplified database access and fast, statically typed templating support;
- Integration with modern concurrency features like actors and asynchronous processing; and
- Enhanced development experience for Java developers.
Typesafe will integrate Play framework with the open source Typesafe Stack, so that developers can easily get started with an integrated distribution of Scala, Akka, Play, sbt, and the Scala IDE for Eclipse.
Typesafe will also offer commercial support, long-term maintenance (stable builds), and management tools for the Play framework as part of the paid Typesafe Subscription. Finally, Typesafe will be offering training and consulting services for Play framework, in conjunction with partners.
Guillaume Bort, creator of the Play! framework and co-founder of Zenexity, will join the Typesafe Advisory Board. Typesafe and Zenexity, a leading provider of Web Oriented Architecture solutions, also announced a partnership to collaborate on commercial projects as well as the development of the Play! framework in the open source software community.
“Scala and the Typesafe Stack provide the scalable, reliable, and highly concurrent capabilities that contemporary web oriented architectures demand,” says Bort. “We look forward to working with the Typesafe team to offer developers a powerful new choice when building modern web applications. “
“The Play! framework offers an excellent mix of productivity, performance, scalability, and approachability with first class support for both Java and Scala,” says Martin Odersky, Chairman and Chief Architect at Typesafe, and creator of Scala. “With the addition of a well-integrated, high productivity web application framework to the Typesafe Stack, we’re making it simpler than ever to build web applications for the modern era of multicore and cloud computing.”