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Apache Click
Click Framework logo
Developer(s) Apache Software Foundation
Stable release 2.1.0-RC1 / 2009-06-28; 6 months ago
Written in Java
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Web application framework
License Apache License 2.0

Apache Click is a modern page and component oriented web application framework for the Java language and is built on top of the Java Servlet API.

It is a free and open-source project distributed under the Apache license and runs on any JDK >= 1.5.

Click is currently undergoing incubation at Apache Software Foundation.



The main design goals are simplicity, ease of use, performance and scalability. To achieve these goals Click leverages an intuitive page and component oriented design.

Pages and components provide good encapsulation of web concepts and enables rapid application development.

Click takes a pragmatic approach and expose few abstractions to learn and understand. The Java Servlet API is fully exposed to the developer which eases the upgrade path from an action based framework to a component based one.

Pages and components are developed in Java while templates can be written in Velocity, FreeMarker or JSP. Components know how to draw themselves alleviating developers from maintaining redundant markup.

A major difference between Click and other component oriented web frameworks is that Click is stateless by design, although stateful pages are supported.

Competing frameworks

There are a number of other component oriented frameworks available for Java such as JSF, Tapestry and Apache Wicket.

Some developers prefer the more traditional action-based web frameworks including Apache Struts, Spring MVC, and Stripes.


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