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Great for application development!
I work at the Naval Safety Center as a contractor. They had me come on board to help get their development staff rolling on their new web applications. They wanted to go down the "Java road" but not one of their people had any real experience with Java.
They have now been using Keel for a few weeks and are doing great. I think that if a framework can enable a group of 13 new Java programmers and make them effective, then TWO THUMBS UP to it.
Once you get the hang of this increadible tool, you can boost your productivity so much. The separation of concerns enables you to not worry about what is going on behind the scenes (unless you want to) and lets you concentrate on what you need to concentrate on, the business logic.
This is a definate to have in your "little bag of tools."
June 21st, 2003
Our firm very pleased with Keel Framework
Our firm started using the Keel framework in December 2002, and we have been able to develop both a web application using struts as UI, and a publishing application using Cocoon (going live in 3 weeks!).
Because Keel follows the Avalon component framework, both Cocoon and struts share the exact same middle tier business logic, allowing massive code re-use. In fact, we made a marketing decision to add a publishing application only in March, and our choice of Keel was critical in being able to create an application so quickly.
Also impressive about Keel is the speed with which its functionality has expanded since we chose Keel last December: Lucene search engine, Axis web services, Velocity UI, quartz job scheduler, AntEater functional test suite, Criteria/query iterative searching. This is because it integrates pre-existing "best of breed" components, rather than developing from scratch, and uses nightly automated regression testing.
June 9th, 2003