If you follow not just the technology trail but also the money, you will notice that 'commercializing' is creeping into FOSS projects. One such project is ZK Ajax where their latest ZK5 has licensing issues for us to use in iDempiere. After some discussion with Low Heng Sin, the master of our ZK Ajax UI, he advised to thread carefully as we can be sued for infringing ZK's copyright by owners of Compiere, since we are a fork from it. Meaning ZK can sue Compiere and then Compiere can sue ADempiere (e.V.). Heng Sin also indicated that in future we may look at alternative frameworks. Well the future is always here.
Thus if we do not research about this, someone else will. I am looking at something:
The Rich Ajax Platform lets you build rich, Ajax-enabled Web applications by using the Eclipse development model, plug-ins with the well known Eclipse workbench extension points and a widget toolkit with SWT API.
That is what the site
What do you think if we look at this as an alternative UI for iDempiere? RAP is native in Eclipse and built in the Equniox OSGi framework. And IBM behind Eclipse has a good history not known to sell off or commercialize or cannibalize but a very daring community approach. Again, WDYT?