Welcome!

Java IoT Authors: Pat Romanski, Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Paul Simmons

Related Topics: Java IoT

Java IoT: Article

Coexisting in the Java Universe - An Interview with WebRenderer's Anthony Scotney

An interview with Anthony Scotney, CTO of WebRenderer's development company, JadeLiquid Software

(This interview originally appeared in JDJ's June 2005 print edition.) Anthony Scotney is a science graduate of the University of Tasmania with majors in computer science and information systems. After graduating he established JadeLiquid Software Pty Ltd. to develop software tools that would enhance the Java programming language. JadeLiquid Software has received several awards and grants in recognition of its success including Tasmanian Export Award Finalist 2003 and 2004 and awarded the 2004 Microsoft Emerging ICT Business Award. Anthony himself was awarded the prestigious 2004 Pearcey Award for innovative and pioneering achievement and contributions to research and development in information technology. He also was named 2005 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the year.

 JadeLiquid Software Pty Ltd. is a leading provider of Java rendering components for enterprise applications and Web Services. WebRenderer can connect a client application to server business logic without changing server code or infrastructure. WebRenderer is the only standards-compliant Java Web content rendering component available commercially. JadeLiquid has a client base spanning the globe with deployments in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Q: Thanks for agreeing to talk with JDJ. Let's cut right to the chase. Perhaps you would start by unpacking the concept of a "wrapper library" itself, and then follow that general definition by situating WebRenderer in the overall Java browser space.

The challenge for Java rich-client applications is to display the rich Web content in a meaningful way. Java doesn't have a standards-compliant Web content rendering engine built into the J2SE SDK. This poses a challenge for Java developers. Java rich-client application developers were traditionally forced to use the default browser on the system external to their rich-client application to display rich Web content in a standards-compliant and reliable manner. WebRenderer addresses this limitation by providing an embeddable standards-compliant Web content rendering engine.

The concept behind WebRenderer was to build a Java browser component without reinventing the wheel. So we went about designing a Java browser component that would leverage off the standards-compliant and industry standard browsers already in existence. We started by writing code that connected to Internet Explorer and brought the browser through to Java. We then moved to bring Mozilla and Safari through and started supporting multiple platforms. The goal has always been to make the component as easy to use as possible and to ensure it is deployable just like any other Java component. The version 3 release of WebRenderer was really the culmination of years of intense development by the WebRenderer team with a specific focus upon making WebRenderer a Java browser component that is standards-compliant, Swing-compatible, easy to use and deploy.

When WebRenderer was first released there was only one serious player in the Java browser space. We saw that the space was somewhat stagnant and decided that we would re-energize the market through a Java browser component with a unique and innovative architecture. We have been able to do that and WebRenderer is now the top-tier highest-quality Java browser component. While competitors have sat stagnant for years our WebRenderer revenues have more than doubled year-on-year since release. Through the competition provided by WebRenderer we have made Java browser components more accessible to the Java community by forcing top-tier prices down by as much as 80%. The client Java space is an interesting and exciting market space to be in as we go through the re-emergence of Java rich clients. The Java community was focusing so hard on Web Services that we knew it was only a matter of time before there would be a client-Java re-emergence to drive the presentation layer of the distributed architecture.

Q: Why do you think Sun has never built a Web rendering engine into the Java SDK itself?

Sun actually developed a Java browser engine (HotJava) but it was dropped a long time ago. They kept a skeletal HTMLEditorKit for the SDK that offers basic HTML 3.2 rendering. I assume that Sun found the project too resource-intensive and in a way probably felt like they were reinventing the wheel years after Microsoft and Netscape released browsers. With Web standards evolving the resources required to develop and maintain a standards-compliant rendering component would have been larger than that required to maintain the entire Swing and AWT toolkits.

Q: Presumably WebRenderer supports JavaScript and XHTML? How about advanced CSS (CSS2)? Maybe you should just list the standards v3.0 complies with.

WebRenderer is the most standards-compliant Java browser component commercially available. The standards compliance comes from the underlying use of Mozilla technologies. The Mozilla team has followed the W3C specifications (and other standards) to a "tee" while building Mozilla. So anything that Mozilla supports WebRenderer inherits. I guess you could say WebRenderer has good parentage. Some of the standards WebRenderer supports are: HTML 4.01, CSS 1 & 2, JavaScript, XML, XSL, XSLT, XHTML, and SSL.

Q: How does WebRenderer differ specifically from other Java HTML renderers like, say, Javio or NetClue?

The challenge of rendering Web-content comes by virtue of the number, complexity, and evolving nature of Web standards. A basic Web-content rendering component must support base standards such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and SSL. Without support for these base- level standards Web content will either not render or render in a non-standards-compliant manner leading to an unexpected visual appearance. WebRenderer addresses the rendering challenge by leveraging off Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Safari browser technologies to provide a predictable and standards-compliant rendering of real-world Web content.

Given that WebRenderer is a layer above Mozilla/Internet Explorer/Safari it supports all common Web standards and the rendering predictability and faithfulness is greater than its pure Java counterparts. It is an extremely time-intensive task to write a pure Java implementation of, say, Internet Explorer, which has had hundreds of people and who knows how many hours spent on its parsing and rendering. Expecting any small company to deliver standards-compliant rendering from its own implementation is an unrealistic expectation.

WebRenderer also has a very complete API that allows developers to easily extract basic right through to advanced functionality without being overly complex.

Q: What's support for Swing like?

We have spent years perfecting WebRenderers Swing support. As of WebRenderer version 3 Swing compatibility is excellent.

Q: Is it suitable for embedded devices, or is the desktop your main market?

Initially we spent some time on an R&D pilot of WebRenderer for embedded devices. While we found that we could port WebRenderer to embedded devices, we found that there was little market demand. So we focused on the desktop market. With the release of WebRenderer Server Edition we are supporting headless server environments and directing some attention to server-based Enterprise Java.

Q: What kind of organizations are using WebRenderer right now?

WebRenderer is in use in many large and small organizations throughout the world. Given WebRenderer is a component the verticals are spread across many industries such as aerospace, semiconductor, manufacturing, technology, government, education, and finance.

Some of the organizations deploying WebRenderer include Cisco, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, the U.S. Department of Defense, the European Space Agency, the European Patent Office, Groxis, and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Q: Can individual developers download a trial version, or does their organization have to buy WebRenderer outright for them to be able to try it out?

WebRenderer is available for a free 30-day trial.

Q: What kind of support do you offer to users?

Our first line of support is our well-documented Developers Guide, API, and technical examples.

We provide a complete pre- and post-sales support service that involves customization, integration, and deployment assistance and technical issue resolution.

Q: Last, we all know that the Chinese call tea "liquid jade" but what's the connection between the poet Lu Yu, who first came up with the notion about the year 780 and your endeavor well over a thousand years later? ;-)

The JadeLiquid name is fitting for the architecture choice of our components, not pure-Java, but it happily coexists.


More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

Comments (2) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
JDJ News Desk 10/20/05 11:33:23 AM EDT

Coexisting in the Java Universe - An Interview with WebRenderer's Anthony Scotney. Anthony Scotney is a science graduate of the University of Tasmania with majors in computer science and information systems. After graduating he established JadeLiquid Software Pty Ltd. to develop software tools that would enhance the Java programming language. JadeLiquid Software has received several awards and grants in recognition of its success including Tasmanian Export Award Finalist 2003 and 2004 and awarded the 2004 Microsoft Emerging ICT Business Award. Anthony himself was awarded the prestigious 2004 Pearcey Award for innovative and pioneering achievement and contributions to research and development in information technology. He also was named 2005 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the year.

ITSG News Desk 10/20/05 11:04:07 AM EDT

Coexisting in the Java Universe - An Interview with WebRenderer's Anthony Scotney. Anthony Scotney is a science graduate of the University of Tasmania with majors in computer science and information systems. After graduating he established JadeLiquid Software Pty Ltd. to develop software tools that would enhance the Java programming language. JadeLiquid Software has received several awards and grants in recognition of its success including Tasmanian Export Award Finalist 2003 and 2004 and awarded the 2004 Microsoft Emerging ICT Business Award. Anthony himself was awarded the prestigious 2004 Pearcey Award for innovative and pioneering achievement and contributions to research and development in information technology. He also was named 2005 Tasmanian Young Achiever of the year.

@ThingsExpo Stories
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICC-USA, a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. ICC is a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances to meet a wide range of ...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or per...
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
"We are a well-established player in the application life cycle management market and we also have a very strong version control product," stated Flint Brenton, CEO of CollabNet,, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
It is of utmost importance for the future success of WebRTC to ensure that interoperability is operational between web browsers and any WebRTC-compliant client. To be guaranteed as operational and effective, interoperability must be tested extensively by establishing WebRTC data and media connections between different web browsers running on different devices and operating systems. In his session at WebRTC Summit at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Alex Gouaillard, CEO and Founder of CoSMo Software, presented ...
Most people haven’t heard the word, “gamification,” even though they probably, and perhaps unwittingly, participate in it every day. Gamification is “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (as a task) so as to encourage participation.” Further, gamification is about bringing game mechanics – rules, constructs, processes, and methods – into the real world in an effort to engage people. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robert Endo, owner and engagement manager of Intrepid D...
Recently, WebRTC has a lot of eyes from market. The use cases of WebRTC are expanding - video chat, online education, online health care etc. Not only for human-to-human communication, but also IoT use cases such as machine to human use cases can be seen recently. One of the typical use-case is remote camera monitoring. With WebRTC, people can have interoperability and flexibility for deploying monitoring service. However, the benefit of WebRTC for IoT is not only its convenience and interopera...
Michael Maximilien, better known as max or Dr. Max, is a computer scientist with IBM. At IBM Research Triangle Park, he was a principal engineer for the worldwide industry point-of-sale standard: JavaPOS. At IBM Research, some highlights include pioneering research on semantic Web services, mashups, and cloud computing, and platform-as-a-service. He joined the IBM Cloud Labs in 2014 and works closely with Pivotal Inc., to help make the Cloud Found the best PaaS.
Everything run by electricity will eventually be connected to the Internet. Get ahead of the Internet of Things revolution. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Akvelon expert and IoT industry leader Sergey Grebnov provided an educational dive into the world of managing your home, workplace and all the devices they contain with the power of machine-based AI and intelligent Bot services for a completely streamlined experience.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abilit...
In his session at Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project result...