Business Web Applications: Technology patchwork or end-to-end development?

Learning programming languages, development environments, platforms and frameworks seems to be the best way to maximize your career opportunities as as a web developer.

Well, while there is nothing wrong about multiplying your skills and continuously learning new things, you have possibly made the annoying experience of attempting to integrate a bunch of cutting-edge technologies and getting a rigid, over-priced and long time-to-market implementation.

Why did this happen?

Mainly because you have spent a lot of time tackling the “bolts and nuts” of the particular technologies instead of concentrating in business logic and the design of an appealing user interaction. In other words you have been acting rather as a craftsman than as an architect of business logic.

That’s the point at which we start:

With UltraCore™ we provide web developers with the opportunity to
  • develop Business Web Applications at a high level of technological abstraction
  • by using a unified source code model througout all the tiers of the application
  • based on a core infrastructure that supports out-of-the-box almost all needs of modern applications
The only prerequisites are basic knowledge of the Java Programming Language and Relational Databases.

What is UltraCore™ and what benefits does it bring to web development?

UltraCore™ is ULTRA4’s end-to-end platform for the development of multi-tiered Business Web Applications. Built on top of the Java EE platform, it hides its complexity while leveraging its advantages to a maximum extend.

Applications developed with UltraCore™ can be accessed not only via all modern Web Browsers but also via fixed-line telephones, mobile phones and other mobile devices like PDAs, smartphones, etc.

The first major milestone release was released in January 2007, with further milestone releases in March 2007, January 2008 and December 2008. The current version is 2.0.0.

UltraCore™ brings to web development superior modularity in all three tiers. By featuring the unique concepts of Session Syncing, Remote Application Execution, Page Chaining/Return Points and UI Proxy, UltraCore™ removes the obstacles of code reusability found in almost any other platform/framework currently available on the market (c.f. background articles Modularity - the obstacles and Modularity at the presentation layer).

Furthermore, UltraCore™ follows a pragmatic Model Driven Architecture (MDA) approach that guarantees the agility of the software development process: While classic MDA defines system functionality by using a Platform Indepenent Model (PIM) that is written in a Domain-Specific Language, UltraCore™ moves the PIM to the source code level, featuring in this way the unique concepts of “no automatic code generation” and “platform independency of source code”. Find out more ...

Apart from these benefits, UltraCore™ provides a large list of further features that optimize web development like no other platform/framework currently available on the market.

Why UltraCore™?

There are currently many web development platforms/frameworks available in market. Widely accepted platforms are Java EE, PHP and .NET; widely accepted frameworks are Spring, Ruby on Rails, Seam, Symfony and Wicket.

Choosing a platform/framework is one of the major decisions you make as a web developer/IT manager, and will influence a lot of your development choices.

You have limited budget and timeline? You need to hit production yesterday? Or do you simply want to create better web applications designed for the future in an optimal way?

We want to explain why UltraCore™ is the optimal choice you can make in all these cases.
Using one of the platforms Java EE or PHP in a "pure" form (i.e. without combining them with any framework or library) is not a real option for web developers, since these platforms provide strongly technology-oriented but not application-oriented APIs.

Pure Java EE provides for example the technologies Java Database Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) for the Data tier, Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) Component Model for the Logic tier and Servlets combined with Java Server Pages (JSP) for the Presentation tier.

The web developer who decides to work with pure Java EE is therefore strained not only to learn all the "bolts and nuts" of these extremely complicated techniques, but also to develop at the level of database connections, SQL queries (by keeping control over transaction commits and rollbacks), plain Java code (within non-intuitive EJB and Servlet source code outlines), as well as plain html with Javascript.

This is a totally unsatisfactory situation for the developent of demanding web applications: The APIs mentioned so far are far too low-level in order to properly support even the elementary features of a modern web application (i.e. data validation, functional and data security, wizard-like processing, notifications, alarming, logging, batch processing, etc.).

The situation is similar also for PHP, with the additional drawback, that web applications written in PHP do not provide unlimited scalability and clustering capabilities, features that are inevitable for future-oriented applications.

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