The Spiffy UI Framework is Open Source

The Spiffy UI Framework is Open Source

by Zack Grossbart on May 19, 2011

Nine months ago I posted a video about Our Spiffy UI showing the process we used for combining GWT, JQuery, and REST to make a new kind of GWT application. It was fast, it was beautiful, and you couldn’t use it. That last part has changed. The Spiffy UI framework is now open source.

Spiffy UI combines the best part of GWT and JQuery, adds on a layer of REST and security, and provides a comprehensive CSS framework to create amazing GWT applications. It is open source and 100% free.

We’re currently developing version 0.7.5. There’s also some amazing Spiffy UI articles on the way. There’s a lot of work to do and we need your help. We need you to try the samples, give us feedback, tell a friend, and build Spiffy applications. Join the Spiffy UI community.

Check out the framework at and find out a better way to write GWT applications.

  • Rosh Pr

    How do I be a part of the contribution Zack?u00a0 I would like to contribute to the framework.

  • Hi Rosh,nnGreat question!nnThe easiest way to contribute to Spiffy UI is to help us test it.u00a0 Download the samples, build your own Spiffy application, and give us a lot of feedback.u00a0 We’d also love more samples.u00a0 Spiffy UI for PHP would be a great place to start.u00a0 We want to show how easy it is to integrate Spiffy UI with any technology.nnIf you have a great idea for some new code or a killer bug fix we’d love that too. u00a0nnThanks,nZackn

  • Rosh Pr

    Sure Zack, Will try to help you guys with some testing. I have been planning on using Spiffy for a long time now, Just have been waiting for it to get open sourced. Will update you guys very soon on the testing & sample apps.

  • anonymous

    DOES SPIFFY SUPPORT MORE JAVA BASED RESTFUL FRAMEWORKS LIKE RESTLET, JERSEY, AND CXF? Also, how is the client side separated from server-side when using spiffy ui can it handle high transactional loads on ajax push, pull, or reverse comet calls? What about if I am using threadpools?  Does the ui offer an automatic tagging option and filters option? What is the round trip delay required between spiffy ui vs jquery vs gwt vs vaadin?

  • Spiffy UI supports calling REST endpoints from any framework. The SpiffyForms sample includes a REST service written in Jersey.

    The Spiffy UI framework is mostly focused on REST so we haven’t done very much testing with Comet, However, it should work to use Comet with the Spiffy UI RESTCallback objects.

    Spiffy UI tends to be slightly faster then GWT RPC calls and very close to JQuery calls, but all of those technologies are pretty close in terms on simple AJAX speed. We haven’t done much testing against Vaadin yet.

    Thanks for taking a look,