Wednesday, September 22, 2004

JBoss Joins Eclipse, Releases Application Server 4.0

JBoss Joins Eclipse, Releases Application Server 4.0
Open-source firm JBoss made two high-profile announcements today, unveiling the release of Application Server 4.0 and detailing an alliance with the Eclipse Foundation.

Both announcements indicate that the company is expanding its open-source presence, as well as becoming more of a contributor to the open-source community.

JBoss' Application Server 4.0, which is middleware that was recently certified for J2EE, is poised for enterprise production deployment, the company noted.

While it promotes that product, JBoss also will be concentrating on its efforts with the Eclipse Foundation, a community dedicated to implementing a universal platform for tools integration.

Seeing the Eclipse

Having JBoss as a member of the Eclipse Foundation will be valuable, Mike Milinkovich, the foundation's executive director, told LinuxInsider. Eclipse's platform has been adopted by commercial vendors, academic institutions and open-technology developers, and allows for software modeling and testing as well as tools integration.

By working together, JBoss and the foundation will work toward developing more complete and tightly integrated open-source tools and middleware products, according to the company.

"Having JBoss join us is important, because it further endorses Eclipse's tool integration platform for doing J2EE development," Milinkovich said. "JBoss will be contributing by putting resources into our projects, and that ensures a first-class deployment."

Milinkovich added that Eclipse has been doing work with other open-source projects as well, including the Apache Foundation, and each project gives Eclipse and open source a fresh boost of resources and prominence.

He anticipates that the first major contribution to come out of the partnership is a plug-in that will provide developers with a Java-based, aspect-oriented framework that can be used in any programming environment.

"We wouldn't have been able to do a project like the plug-in without contributions and resources from places like JBoss," Milinkovich said. "That's why this is really great news."

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