TICL stands for Tag Interface Component
Library. It is a JSP tag library of WEB interface components. The product
was developed in 2001 after a disappointed with the predominant technologies
at the time (Struts et al.). A major goal of TICL is to bring RAD-like development to the WEB
platform. Programmers can concentrate on logical functionality and build JSP
pages by placing TICL components through tags and responding to user events. Every
component is self-contained and manages interaction with the end-user with little
or no assistance on the programmer's part. Visual appearance of components is
abstracted into a high-level styles framework.
TICL enjoyed a short success and was purchased by companies such as Oracle and
Goldman Sachs. It was reportedly used to teach high-school students about web
programming and in many academic projects.
A technology founded on similar architecture is JavaServer(tm) Faces, a standartized
web UI component framework that has gained a fair share of popularity. Our recent
experience with that technology has resulted in a serious disappointment as well, so we've
decided to keep TICL around and perhaps revive it if there is interest.
What you will find in TICL
A complete reference guide can be found from the downloads below. In addition,
the following are available:
The latest production release is TICL 1.1, as of Feb 2002. It is available
You can also get the source code from our Subversion repository at:
Use your favorite Subversion client to access it.