Ariba Open Sources Killer Framework for Web App Development

Version 5 of AribaWeb Available for Immediate Download

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--()--Ariba, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARBA), the leading spend management solutions provider, today announced the open source release of AribaWeb, the company’s groundbreaking framework for development of Rich Internet Applications (RIAs).

“AribaWeb has long been part of the ‘secret sauce’ behind Ariba’s rich spend management application user interfaces (UIs),” said Bhaskar Himatsingka, Chief Technology Officer, Ariba. “As one of the first companies to push Java applications to enterprise scale, Ariba has been a long-time adopter and beneficiary of open source technology. With the open source release of AribaWeb, we see the opportunity to give back to the community in a significant way.”

AribaWeb enables the creation of rich, highly interactive business applications with far less coding effort than alternative web application development frameworks. Among the key attributes that set AribaWeb apart:


“Today’s users demand a highly interactive, rich user experience from their web applications. And to date, this challenge has been met primarily through AJAX,” said Craig Federighi, User Interface Technology Evangelist at Ariba. “But implementing AJAX typically involves the extensive (and expensive) hand-coding of brittle client-side JavaScript code. With its Auto AJAX technology, AribaWeb completely changes the game and dramatically alters the cost equation - AJAX user interfaces are produced automatically, without requiring the application developer to perform any client-side scripting.”

Instant App

Business applications typically consist of hundreds of user interface screens built to support the creation, editing, search and inspection of the business objects that encode the business functionality. In most frameworks, the user interface developer must create and maintain user interface code for each of these screens. AribaWeb’s Instant App technology eliminates the need for this code. In fact, given only a set of UI-agnostic Java or Groovy domain classes, AribaWeb can apply rules to the available meta-data and instantly derive a fully functional application, all without a single line of application UI code.

Live Edit & X-Ray

AribaWeb’s focus on developer productivity is further evidenced through its Live Edit and X-Ray capabilities. Developers use X-Ray to see through running application UIs, getting visibility to the active hierarchy of components behind the scenes. Further, with Live Edit, developers can use drag and drop to alter the UI layout and property sheets to tweak rules right in the browser. All changes take immediate effect in the live application.

Proven Full Stack

The AribaWeb distribution provides a full stack for the development of database-based business applications, including a deep library of UI widgets (forms, pivot tables, charts, rich text editors, etc.), as well as bindings to a bundled Object-Relational Mapping (ORM) database framework. It also supports deployment in a variety of J2EE environments. And AribaWeb is industry-proven technology. Now in its fifth major release, AribaWeb has been included by Ariba as a critical component of its market-leading spend management and network solutions for nearly a decade. AribaWeb is used daily by millions of users at more than a thousand of the world’s largest companies, and has been part of over one trillion dollars of business-to-business electronic commerce.


Version 5 of AribaWeb is available for immediate download, under the terms of the Apache Open Source License v2, from the project website:

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Ariba, Inc. is the leading provider of on-demand spend management solutions. Our mission is to transform the way companies of all sizes, across all industries, and geographies operate by delivering software, service, and network solutions that enable them to holistically source, contract, procure, pay, manage, and analyze their spend and supplier relationships. Delivered on demand, our enterprise-class offerings empower companies to achieve greater control of their spend and drive continuous improvements in financial and supply chain performance. More than 1,000 companies, including more than half of the companies on the Fortune 500, use Ariba solutions to manage their spend from sourcing and orders through invoicing and payment. For more information, visit

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Karen Master, 412-297-8177


Karen Master, 412-297-8177