Jaxer embeds the open source Mozilla Firefox browser engine within a server, enabling developers to have the same execution environment on the application server as they have on the Web browser, Aptana said. This simplifies Web technologies and reduces complexity in developing and managing Web applications, the company said.
While Jaxer is free and open source, Jaxer Pro offers the same technology under a commercial license with support from Aptana. Jaxer 1.0 also is available in the Aptana Cloud application hosting and lifecycle management hosting service.
In addition, RESTful data services can be developed for consumption by AJAX applications or widgets typical of Facebook or OpenSocial applications. Jaxer supports JSON and XML (Ecmascript for XML) and provides APIs for delivering pages or data via RESTful interfaces. Less code is needed to transform common data types, Aptana said.
These services can work with Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight.
"The idea of Jaxer, that a server could be just like a Web browser from a Web developer's point of view, is a natural evolution of Web technologies," said Paul Colton, CEO and founder of Aptana, in a statement released by the company.
Jaxer Pro licenses and subscriptions can be purchased through the Aptana Store at Aptana's Web site. The company also offers Aptana Studio, which provides an embedded Jaxer server and code assist, documentation, sample projects, and reference material.