Apache OFBiz

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Apache OFBiz®
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Developer(s) Apache Software Foundation
Stable release 13.07.03[1] / April 4, 2016; 4 months ago (2016-04-04)[2]
Written in FreeMarker Java XML
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Business Process
License Apache License 2.0
Website http://ofbiz.apache.org

Apache OFBiz® is an open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. It provides a suite of enterprise applications that integrate and automate many of the business processes of an enterprise.

OFBiz is an Apache Software Foundation top level project.

Overview[edit]

Apache OFBiz® is a framework that provides a common data model and a rich set of business process. All applications are built around a common architecture using common data, logic and process components. Beyond the framework itself, Apache OFBiz® offers functionality including:

Technology[edit]

All of Apache OFBiz® functionality is built on a common framework. The functionality can be divided into the following distinct layers:

Presentation Layer[edit]

Apache OFBiz® uses the concept of "screens" to represent the Apache OFBiz® pages. Each page is, normally, represented as a screen. A page in Apache OFBiz® consists of components. A component can be a header, footer, etc. When the page is rendered all the components are combined together as specified in the screen definition. Components might be Java Server Pages ([JSP]s) <deprecated>, FTL pages built around FreeMarker template engine, Forms and Menus Widgets. Widgets are an OFBiz specific technology.

Business Layer[edit]

The business, or application layer defines services provided to the user. The services can be of several types: Java methods, SOAP, simple services, workflow, etc. A service engine is responsible for invocation, transactions and security. Apache OFBiz® uses a set of well established, open source technologies and standards such as Java, Java EE, XML and SOAP. Although Apache OFBiz® is built around the concepts used by Java EE, many of its concepts are implemented in different ways; either because Apache OFBiz® was designed prior to many recent improvements in Java EE or because Apache OFBiz® authors didn’t agree with those implementations.

Data Layer[edit]

The data layer is responsible for database access, storage and providing a common data interface to the Business layer. Data is accessed not in Object Oriented fashion but in a relational way. Each entity (represented as a row in the database) is provided to the business layer as a set of generic values. A generic value is not typed, so fields of an entity are accessed by the column name.

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