Commerce projects are easier when everyone understands exactly what's happening under the hood. That's why Elastic Path® is built on a foundation of the industry's best open source projects. We also provide exceptional documentation, in-house support, and source code if you need it — so you're always empowered to meet the most demanding business requirements.
The Elastic Path® digital commerce platform is built with the latest version of Java – version 7. Java is the foundation for enterprise application development because of its flexibility and scalability. Elastic Path and Java together allow you to deploy scalable, secure, and robust Java ecommerce across all of your touchpoints to support the next generation of digital experiences.
The Spring Framework is part of the Commerce Engine architecture, and responsible for system-level services including object life cycle management, transactions, security, and job scheduling via the inclusion of several Spring modules. Spring's dependency injection and inversion of control allow non-invasive extension of Commerce Engine. This makes it possible to customize the implementation of classes without changing the code that invokes that class. The loose coupling offered by Spring provides a tremendous level of flexibility and simplicity for developers customizing Elastic Path.
The Spring MVC (Model View Controller) is used to segregate all forms of presentation from the underlying business logic in Commerce Engine. Spring MVC makes every function highly configurable, and provides an elegant way to interface with popular viewer technologies including Velocity.
Spring Security provides comprehensive authentication and authorization capabilities in a mature and stable package designed specifically for enterprise applications built on Spring. Spring Security offers streamlined configuration and a modular architecture, with support for a wide range of standard authorization services.
Maven is an Apache open-source project for managing software build processes. Maven encourages deployment consistency with a convention over configuration approach. This means that Commerce Engine developers are shielded from the complexities of the build process as much as possible, increasing efficiency and productivity.
The Open Services Gateway is a modular framework that adds a complete, dynamic component model to the Java platform. This provides robust application lifecycle management, and allows selected services in Cortex to be remotely installed, started, stopped, updated, or uninstalled without requiring a reboot.
OpenJPA, a top-level project at the Apache Software Foundation, is a persistence layer that features lightweight and transparent persistence of Java entities and database independence. OpenJPA combines the best features from a variety of competing persistence options, including ORM, ODB, EJB2, and JDO — and includes a rich set of options for performance tuning.
Ehcache is an open source, standards-based cache used by a wide array of business platforms to boost performance, offload the database, and provide scalability. Commerce Engine uses Ehcache for application-level caching of frequently requested objects such as products and dynamic content.
SOLR Enterprise Search Server
Apache Solr is an enterprise search platform. Solr is extremely popular at leading technology companies thanks to an outstanding track record of performance and reliability. Solr is used to power advanced search and merchandising capabilities in Commerce Engine, including guided nav and filtered browsing.
Drools is a business rule management system (BRMS) that uses a version of the Rete algorithm to implement conditions and execute their actions. Drools is used by the pricing and promotion features in Commerce Engine to determine which rules should be executed when, and to handle conflict resolution when multiple rules apply.
Eclipse Rich Client Platform
The Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) is the backbone of Commerce Manager, and combines the rich interface of a desktop application with the power of web connectivity. It also provides extensive customization via its plugin architecture, a consistent look and feel across platforms, and robust user interface libraries.
Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools (BIRT) is a top-level project within Eclipse that provides reporting and business intelligence capabilities. It is used by Commerce Engine to generate a wide range of analytics and reports. The BIRT engine also creates printable invoices and statements.