The name "swaf" originally was the accronym of Simple Web Application Framework. The name was also chosen because it is approximately pronounced like the french word "soif", which means "thirst", which seemed funny.
The accronym doesn't quite match reality anymore, for a number of reasons - mostly because I discovered and started using webwork, amongst other things.
I should dig my archives, I have a number of documents explaining the why's and what's of berkano ideas, which are probably still valid in a way or another
Berkano now mostly aggregates a number of small projects - some of them very small - that can form useful parts of a java based web application.
Summary of berkano modules
Here's a short summary of the modules and links to their pages:
- Berkano Beandisplaytag — A simple taglib to display a bean in a table, à la displaytag http://displaytag.org, but with one bean instead of a collection, each property being a row instead of a column.
- Berkano Kiss Tags — A collection of very simple tags, like drop down boxes of number lists, ...
- Berkano TaglibUnit — A small framework based on HttpUnit's ServletUnit http://httpunit.sourceforge.net/doc/servletunit-intro.html to help testing taglibs.
- Berkano Util — A handful of util classes: a naïve cache, two hibernate custom types, a template-based mail utility package, an small IO utility api, an url helper for WebWork http://opensymphony.com/webwork, ...
- Puzzles — Puzzles' aim is to provide an easy way to add functionalities to an application through plugins.
- Taskman — A simple task assignement and event-based library