During the Tuesday morning keynote at last week's JavaOne conference, Rob Benson, director of runtime systems at Twitter, took the stage to announce that his company would be joining both the OpenJDK community and the Java Community Process (JCP). Twitter wants to work with members of the JCP and the OpenJDK Community, Benson said, to help evolve the Java platform.
Twitter was also among five new candidates for seats on the JCP's Executive Committee (EC). During a JavaOne press panel, JCP chair Patrick Curran reminded reporters about the current election, which, according to the JCP Web site, will be in its "ballot open for voting" phase until October 31. The other candidates include Azul Systems, CloudBees,The Central Ohio Java Users Group and Software AG.
The EC currently counts two other Java user groups among its members: the Brazilian group SouJava and the London Java Community. "Both are working really well to bring the regular Java developers into the process," Curran said, "as a way of focusing their energies and helping them to understand how the process works."
"This is much more competition than we've seen in recent elections," Curran added, "and I see that as a very positive sign."
When Curran took over as chair of the JCP in 2007, he said, the organization didn't have the best reputation.
"People called us commissars," he said. "We were accused of being authoritarian and secretive, and just not community oriented. From the beginning I said that, should I have the opportunity, I'd like to open up the process and turn this into a real community organization, to allow the millions of Java developers out there who wanted to, to actively participate. I think now we've made some significant steps in that direction."
The committee took a big first step in the form of Java Specification Requests (JSR) 348, proposed in May and led by Oracle and the combined Executive Committees as the Expert Group, which aims to "update and revitalize" the JCP itself.
"We're revising the process through the process," Curran said.
JSR 348 ("Towards a new version of the Java Community Process") tackles four areas, including Transparency, Participation, Agility, and Governance. The longest list of proposed changes comes under the "Transparency" heading. The JSR calls for greater transparency into Expert Group (EG) operations of the JCP with a mandate that certain recommended practices become requirements. The example listed: "requiring all EG business to be carried out on public mailing lists, requiring issues and comments to be tracked through a publicly viewable issue-tracking mechanism, and requiring EGs to respond publicly to all comments."
The JSR also seeks greater transparency into the operations of the EC itself, the election process and the licensing process.
"We wanted to work on things that were important, but relatively non-controversial, and so, easy to do in a short period of time," he said. "We picked the low-hanging fruit... primarily focusing on transparency [of the process]. In the future we are going to mandate that all expert groups do their work out in the open, basically with public mailing lists and public issue trackers, making it very easy for members of the developer community to participate."
Next on the committee's to-do list: the merger of the two JCP ECs: the SE/EE EC and the ME EC.
"It seems like the right thing to do," Curran said, "that we should have a single executive committee which will deal with all of the three platforms -- because it is one platform with three flavors."
Down the road, Curran expects the EC to take on tougher intra-organizational changes, including issues around intellectual property rights, the Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) and the Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK).
"We decided to put off tackling some of the more difficult issues so that we would actually achieve something this year," Curran said, "including revising the JSPA and looking at the whole question of licensing."
Although things were "kind of quiet" during the last year or two of Sun's stewardship of Java, Curran said, since Oracle assumed that role, things have "heated up" at the JCP. He estimated that since the JSRs for Java SE 7 were approved in December, about 17 JSRs have been submitted. That's compared with a handful submitted in the previous few years.
"The JCP is definitely unstuck," Curran said.
Posted by John K. Waters on 10/12/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
JavaFX was something of a darling of JavaOne this week. Oracle not only came through on its promised update of the Java user interface (UI) platform, it delivered additional features, such as a new HTML editor and the new WYSIWYG GUI design tool, Scene Builder, with this release. And JavaFX Script (which still exists as the open source Visage) has been replaced by Java APIs, so Java jocks can use their favorite IDEs to develop, compile and debug JavaFX 2.0 applications.
JavaFX 2.0 also adds support for Flash XML (FXML), an XML-based declarative markup language for defining the user interface in a JavaFX application. Scene Builder is essentially an FXML editor.
Oracle explains why FXML is a good thing on its JavaFX 2.0 documentation page:
"One of the advantages of FXML is that it is based on XML and is familiar to most developers, especially web developers and developers using other RIA platforms. Another advantage is that FXML is not a compiled language; you do not need to recompile the code to see the changes you make. A third advantage is that FXML makes it easy to see the structure of your application's scene graph. This, in turn, makes it easier to collaborate on user interfaces among the members of your development team."
JavaFX Script was created by Sun Microsystems engineer Chris Oliver back in 2006 as something called F3 ("Form Follows Function"), which, as he wrote in his blog back then, was created "to explore making GUI programming easier in general."
Oracle threw a spotlight on JavaFX 1.3 last year when it announced the Composer plug-in for NetBeans 6.9, which provided a visual layout tool for building JavaFX GUI apps along the lines of the Swing GUI builder for Java SE applications.
During Tuesday's keynote presentation, Nandini Ramani, vice president of development for Client Java at Oracle, and Adam Messinger, Oracle's VP of development for Fusion Middleware, demo'd JavaFX running on both an Apple iPad and a Google Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet. "We want to hear from the community, Ramani said. "If this is something you want to see, we're happy to make it a priority." The next release of JavaFX (version 3.0) will be bundled with Java SE 8, Ramani told reporters yesterday.
She also disclosed Oracle's plans to open source JavaFX. Oracle will submit a proposal to open source the JavaFX platform as a new project within the OpenJDK Community she said, "ASAP." The company plans to start by contributing the JavaFX UI controls and related libraries, and will contribute other JavaFX components in multiple phases.
"I think [open sourcing JavaFX] is the right decision," Ramani said. "Now that we've reverted back to Java APIs, it's part of Java and makes sense there. And we believe that clients on the UI side need an updated, state-of-the-art set of APIs, and JavaFX is the right solution for that. It just makes sense for it to be in the community."
One of the many sessions at this year's conference that I regret not being able to attend is Gorilla Logic senior software developer Eric Bruno's Monday presentation, "JavaFX on Wall Street." This session looked at a project Bruno has been engaged in for "a leading national bank" in New York City, and his work with teams to build and deploy JavaFX components in an existing Java Swing application used by companies globally. Bruno deployed JavaFX 1.3.1 successfully, and is now moving to JavaFX 2.0.
With two conferences to navigate, it's not surprising that I was unable to connect with IDC analyst Al Hilwa, who was also onsite this week. But I managed to get his views on Oracle's JavaFX announcements via e-mail.
"Overall I like what I am seeing in the way JavaFX is moving," said IDC analyst Al Hilwa, who attended the conference. "Turning it into a framework to be used from within Java is definitely a better approach... I would love to see it [turn] Java back into a tool for cross-platform mobile development."
Posted by John K. Waters on 10/06/2011 at 10:53 AM3 comments
I spent Tuesday morning at the Hilton on JavaOne duty, but I made the long trip back to the Moscone Center after lunch to chat with some Oracle customers. My favorite of the day was Mike Riley, president of the Oracle Development Tools User Group (ODTUG). Riley is a big, affable guy with more than 20 years of experience in the field and what you might call a self-conscious passion for Oracle tools and the community that uses them.
"That's just another way of saying I'm an old fart," he said.
The ODTUG was founded about 18 years ago "by developers, for developers," Riley told me. It's an independent, not-for-profit, global organization that aims to provide education, support, advocacy and networking opportunities for developers working on Oracle Databases. Members, who number close to 25,000, Riley said, design applications, model data, write code, manage app systems, maintain legacy code and, as the Web site puts it, "are key to the middle-tier technology in Oracle Fusion."
The group started with a focus on Designer, and evolved into several different technologies, Riley said. Today, it supports virtually any tool that can be used to develop applications against an Oracle DB, whether that's Oracle's own tools (JDeveloper, Application Express, Forms and Reports, SQL Developer) or tools from a third party.
Riley was happy about many of Oracle's announcement at this year's show, including the new Exalytics Intelligence Machine, a hardware-plus-software business intelligence management appliance designed to handle relational, unstructured, and multidimensional data. He said it would be very good for the business intelligence and Hyperion users. But he was particularly excited about one of the quieter announcements at this year's conference: the release of 11g R2 Forms.
"We're thrilled with that news," he said. "It shows that Oracle is extending their commitment to Forms even further down the line, which is important for a lot of our users."
Oracle Forms, of course, is software for developing screens that interact with an Oracle database. It's a component of Oracle's Fusion Middleware stack, and it's widely used to design and build enterprise applications. On its website, Oracle pledges to continue supporting Forms. The company "remains committed to the development of this technology, and to the ongoing release as a component of the Oracle platform."
Many of the organizations in which ODTUG's core membership work are heavily invested in Forms, Riley said, including his own employer. Riley's day job is project manager and development DBA for Hortica, a company that specializes in providing insurance and employee benefits for the horticulture industry (garden centers, nurseries, florists, landscape contractors, etc.). The company was founded in the 1800s by a group of florists who wanted to protect their greenhouses from the ravages of hail.
"Oracle Forms is what we do," Riley said. "We've developed a lot of custom Forms that we're hoping that we don't have to get out of."
When Riley started with Hortica, the company had just purchased Oracle 6, and Forms was in the 2.3 release, so he's seen a lot of changes in the technology.
"Most of them have been good," he said. "It's nice to have an integrated solution that's optimized for the entire stack. You have no questions about the parts you get not being optimal for your software or the database behind it."
Riley is also one of 25 user-group leaders promoting a new tool developed by the International Oracle Users Group Community (IOUC) at this year's conference. Dubbed the "Your Path to Understanding Fusion Applications" tool, it's designed to help users... well... understand Fusion applications. The tool reportedly takes the form on an online map that resembles a London Tube map. It was drawn by Sten Versterli from the Danish Oracle User Group. I say "reportedly" because it won't be live for another two months.
"Because we do the Fusion development tools, we feel that we are a critical component of the Fusion application ecosystem," he said. "So it makes sense for us to participate in this project."
Riley was quick to plug his organization's upcoming Kscope 12 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-28 at the JW Marriott. Formerly called ODTUG Kaleidoscope, the event features sessions and presentations on a pretty wide range of technologies, including Hyperion and Essbase, not to mention Forms and Reports.
"If you use Java, PHP, ColdFusion, Toad, Visual Basic, or Visual C++, among others, ODTUG is the forum for talking about your approach and learning what other developers are doing," the website declares.
"We have a lot of good resources for the community," Riley says. "But we're not the only user group out there. My message to the customers of Oracle is definitely to get involved in a user group. They're that extra layer of support, and influence, that users really need."
Posted by John K. Waters on 10/05/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
The annual Oracle OpenWorld conference got underway this week, and I was among thousands of attendees swarming into San Francisco's Moscone Center to hear Larry Ellison's keynote opener on Sunday night, and then again this morning for the early a.m. presentations.
So far, it's been kind of a pitchfest on the keynote stage, with Oracle execs flogging existing product lines, announcing some new ones and pounding on its conference theme: "Hardware and Software: Engineered to Work together."
But one announcement -- the company's planned Big Data Appliance -- was generating rumor-buzz a couple of weeks ago, largely from the NoSQL community. The BD Appliance is an "engineered system" that combines Apache Hadoop, the framework for working with data-intensive distributed applications that's based on Google's MapReduce; the R software environment for statistical computing and graphics; and Oracle's version of the NoSQL database.
It's the NoSQL news that generated the buzz.
NoSQL, the non-relational, distributed, schema-free, open-source, horizontally scalable DBs that emerged around 2009, have been getting attention as the most effect DB for the Web, the cloud, and mobile computing. There are quite a few of them out there: Google, Amazon, Facebook, and LinkedIn all have NoSQL databases.
Oracle was short on details about its NoSQL database. A company Web page offers only a couple of paragraphs, in which it's described as "a commercial grade, general-purpose NoSQL database using a key/value paradigm," which "allows you to manage massive quantities of data, cope with changing data formats, and submit simple queries." There was no indication that it would be open source, and Oracle has not commented about that.
"To date, Oracle has told their customers that NoSQL is useless or, at best, should be used only for a very limited set of use cases, Phillips wrote. "Despite this, over the past two years, we are unaware of a single, Internet application for which Oracle was picked as the database. If Oracle is now ready to join the party on the scalability, performance and data-model-flexibility advantages of NoSQL, we welcome them. We know firsthand that NoSQL is a huge market opportunity, and Oracle would be missing the boat on a major disruptive force in the database market were they to ignore it."
Couchbase co-founder and SVP of products James Phillips noted that Oracle has been, historically, cautious about touting new technologies "that could be viewed as disruptive to their core business model."
"The unveiling of their NoSQL and Big Data technology next week indicates that Oracle is now validating what we at Couchbase have long accepted as the new market reality," he wrote, "[that] there is a fundamental shift in how modern applications are being built, and what those applications need from a data management system. Customers are investing time and money across the 'big three' themes in data management: Big Data, NoSQL, and mobile. And Oracle clearly doesn't want to miss yet another market shift."
I also talked on the phone with Max Schireson, president of 10gen (and a former Oracle employee). 10gen is the creator and chief commercial sponsor of MongoDB, another open source, document-oriented database, written in C++, and first released in 2009.
"I think the interesting question is around the distribution model," Shireson said. "Is it going to be open source? If it's traditional expensive enterprise software, my guess is there won't be a ton of interest. But open source is a disruptive business model that's challenging for a company like Oracle. I can't imagine it would be very attractive to them. But the database space is growing rapidly, and the question becomes, how much of that growth is going to be syphoned off by new players."
Shireson says that his company -- a relatively new player -- is seeing customers moving off Oracle and onto alternative databases. He points to photo-sharing site Shutterfly's recent move from Oracle to MongoDB for the storage of that site's considerable photo metadata. "They did it for the flexibility primarily," he said. "But they got great benefits in terms of scalability and price performance. When that happens often enough, it makes you want to play in that new space."
Schireson blogged about Oracle's then-rumor NoSQL announcement last month. It's worth a look.
Stay tuned for ongoing Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne rants in this space.
Posted by John K. Waters on 10/03/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
The intrepid trio of app security mavens who decided back in 2009 that it was about time the world had a set of best practices for developing and growing an enterprise-wide software security program based on actual data has unveiled the third version of their innovative Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM).
A "maturity model" describes the capability of an organization's processes in a range of areas, from software engineering to personnel management. The Capability Maturity Model (CMM) is a well-known example from software engineering. The BSIMM (pronounced "bee-simm") is the first maturity model for security initiatives created entirely from real-world data.
BSIMM3 which is distributed free under a Creative Commons license, provides insight into 42 of the most successful software security initiatives in the world. The list of companies studied for BSIMM3 includes Adobe, Aon, Bank of America, Capital One, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), EMC, Fannie Mae, Google, Intel, Intuit, McKesson, Microsoft, Nokia, QUALCOMM, Sallie Mae, SAP, Scripps Networks Interactive, Sony Ericsson, Standard Life, SWIFT, Symantec, Telecom Italia, Thomson Reuters, Visa, VMware, Wells Fargo and Zynga.
Dr. Gary McGraw, CTO of Cigital; Sammy Migues, director of knowledge management at Cigital; and Dr. Brian Chess, chief scientist at Fortify Software (acquired by HP last year), are the co-authors of this on-going, multi-year study. The purpose of the project, McGraw told me, is to build a "measuring stick," so that companies can compare themselves to companies in their industries who have managed successful software security initiatives. Using the BSIMM measuring stick, McGraw, Migues, and Chess conducted a series of in-person interviews with executives in charge of software security initiatives.
McGraw emphasized that the model is fact-based. "We wanted to turn from the early days of evangelism and advocacy in software security and science," he said. "And this is how to do it."
The project has grown considerably since BSIMM1, which looked at only nine companies. BSIMM3 describes the work of 786 software security professionals working with a satellite of 1,750 affiliated professionals to secure the software developed by 185, 316 developers. The participating organizations represent eight overlapping industry verticals, including: financial services, independent software vendors, technology firms, telecommunications, insurance, energy, media, and healthcare. The current release includes 109 updated activity descriptions and a longitudinal study describing the evolution of eleven of the forty-two firms over time.
BSIMM3 describes 109 activities in 12 practices with 2 or more real examples for each activity. Eleven of the participating firms were measured twice, providing longitudinal study data; those data showed measurable improvement, McGraw said.
The BSIMM3 data set has 81 distinct measurements; some firms were measured twice, while some had multiple divisions measured separately. Among the revelations in this version of the study is the fact that the
leading firms on average employ two full-time software security specialists for every 100 developers.
"It's exciting to see something that started out as kind of a backyard science experiment bust out of its test tube and take on a life of its own," McGraw said.
BSIMM3 results conclude that "mature" software security initiatives are "well rounded," with activities in all twelve practices, including: strategy and metrics, compliance and policy, architecture analysis, code review, security testing, penetration testing and configuration management.
"One of the coolest side effects of the project is the community that's growing up around it," McGraw said. "We held a conference last year in Annapolis, and 22 of the 30 firms [attending] sent the executive in charge of software security. We all got together and talked hardcore software security. There's this feeling now of a community of professionals trying to solve the same problems in software security."
For more information and to access the BSIMM3 study, click here.
Posted by John K. Waters on 09/30/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
Google is keeping mum on its plans to unveil another new programming language at its upcoming GoTo Conference in Denmark next month, but the buzz is already starting to hurt my ears. The language is called "Dart" (formerly "Dash"), and the conference Web site describes it as "a new programming language for structured web programming." Google's PR rep, Lily Lin, gave me a polite brush off in an e-mail, referring me to the opening keynote presentation at GoTo, during which Google engineers Lars Bak and Gilad Bracha will host Dart's debut.
The closest I'll be getting to anything Danish in the near future is the very-bad-for-me pastries at Le Boulanger in downtown Mountain View. Meanwhile, others are weighing in on Big G's latest language.
Google was similarly motivated when it created the Go programming language in 2009 for its own internal use. The language was developed as an alternative to existing system implementation languages (C++, Java, Python), which Google found were either overly complex, slow to compile, or slow in production, Valdes said. Google hasn't evangelized Go, and Valdes doesn't believe the company will evangelize Dart.
"The larger concern for many," O'Grady added, "is the language in the leaked e-mail that talks about ‘sweet talking' browser manufacturers and encouraging developers to target Chrome first. This is indicative of the kind of company-first-Web-second mandate that used to characterize Microsoft's efforts around [Internet Explorer]. That's what's got people genuinely worried."
Posted by John K. Waters on 09/15/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
Geir Magnusson, Jr., the former Apache Software Foundation board member and representative on the Executive Committee of the Java Community Process, has left his position as CTO of Gilt.com to become CTO of new company launched by entertainment entrepreneur and "American Idol" backer Robert F.X. Sillerman. The company is called Function(x) (pronounced "function ecks," not "function of ecks," you math geeks), and its broadly stated mission is to "establish a new platform for investments in media and entertainment with a particular emphasis on digital and mobile technology."
"We're still kind of evolving," Magnusson told me. "But this is business around consumer media consumption. It's about building systems that are mobile-based and scalable for the everyday consumer."
I'm beginning to see why the media dubbed Sillerman's enterprise a "mystery media company" when he took control of dormant public company called Gateway Industries in February to use as a launching pad. Whatever they end up doing over at Function(x), the outfit is currently accumulating talent with experience from companies like MTV, Tidal TV, AOL, Microsoft, Expedia, Massive and Ticketmaster.
Magnusson shifted gears (no pun intended) on his ASF activities to take on the position.
"Right now I'm heads-down focused here with Function(x)," he said. "I still have a very strong interest in open source, and I'm still a member of the ASF and active in pieces of it, but I won't be as active as in the past." He's no longer on the ASF board of directors, but he's the treasurer ("They voted when I was out of the room."), and weirdly, he's still in the JCP. "It's a fairly quiet position," he said. "It wouldn't surprise me if they simply decided to get rid of it."
Magnusson founded several open source projects at the ASF, such as Geronimo, Harmony and Velocity. He also had a relatively high profile during some getting-to-know-you scuffles between the ASF and then-new Java shepherd Oracle. As the ASF's JCP EC rep, he cast the only nay vote for the Java EE 6 spec, which was approved by the committee nonetheless. And he was there when the ASF left the EC. But he was quick to downplay his importance to the organization -- in fact, any one contributor's.
"In a sense, there are no key people as the ASF," he said. "We expect that the projects will outlive their founders. The system is designed to promote a kind of community ownership of anything we do, so that when life changes for people -- they get married, have a child or get a new job -- everything continues without them, though they'll be missed."
And to underscore the ASF's continuing importance to the Java community: "Apache projects are still very much in the forefront of the implementation of Java specifications," he said. "Tomcat, ActiveMQ, Apache Geronimo; they're all staying current and competitive with other offerings, both commercial and open source. It's just that we're no longer participating in the JCP as a member of the executive committee."
My best to Magnusson at his new company... Whatever it is they're doing.
Posted by John K. Waters on 09/09/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
This year's Dreamforce event was ginormous. Salesforce.com took over all three wings of the Moscone Center in San Francisco for a week and even closed down a block of Howard Street to accommodate the wanderings of the 45,000 registered attendees. The entire exhibit area of one wing was set up for CEO Mark Benioff's keynote opener, and they still had overflow traffic going into another room to watch the keynote on monitors.
Benioff was in full Elmer Gantry mode, prowling the stage and the audience, preaching his company's newish message about the social revolution and his notions about evolving the Salesforce development platform into a "social enterprise platform." As I reported earlier, he declared, "We were born cloud, and now we've been reborn social!"
Benioff and company announced a bunch of enhancements for the Salesforce Chatter enterprise social network, a new Web-based resource for delivering an HTML5-based version of its applications, the official launch of Database.com with a new Data Residency Option (DRO), new features for its Radian6 social monitoring tool, and support in its Heroku cloud app platform for Java.
If the size of this event is any indication, a lot of people seem to be interested in Benioff's message -- and lot of those people are developers. IDC analyst Al Hilwa sees the news and announcements fired from this conference as another volley in the "PaaS wars," and an ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of application developers.
"There is a major transformation taking place in application platforms and everybody is fighting to paint a vision of what things will look like when all settles down," Hilwa told me via e-mail. "We are drifting into a more diverse world where there are many languages and platforms available to developers in a viable way."
Hilwa pointed to the big, warm hug Salesforce gave to HTML5 at the show.
"HTML5 appears to be how most enterprises will address the diversity of mobile devices that might be coming into the enterprise," he said. "Salesforce and VMware are both aware of that with [Salesforce] announcing that they will touch-enable their platform, and VMware announcing specific infrastructure solutions that enable HTML5 on such devices. HTML5 has a strong future as a unifying technology that will provide the enterprise balance to consumer application platforms [that] use native tools. I see both native and web co-existing and providing different advantages that appeal to consumers and enterprises in different ways."
PaaS war, indeed. Benioff took direct aim at rival Oracle from the stage when he told his audience to "beware of the false cloud" as he stood before an image of the Oracle Exadata server. Meanwhile, Three groups of people tethered to large, cloud-shaped balloons featuring Oracle's logo and "#1 CRM" loitered on the streets outside the conference from early in the morning. I kept expecting to see kite-flying Microsofties, hot air balloons dropping IBM leaflets, or "SAP" rendered in the firmament by skywriters.
I reported this earlier, but it's worth repeating: Gartner says the market for Social CRM will surpass $1 billion in revenue by the end of 2012.
Posted by John K. Waters on 09/02/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments
Developers deploying Java applications to VMware's new Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) have yet another way to get there. eXo, the French company best known for its GateIn-based enterprise Java portal, has added Cloud Foundry to the growing list of PaaS systems supported by its new Cloud IDE development tool.
The company is billing the eXo Cloud IDE as the industry's only cloud-based integrated development environment. It provides codederos with a multi-tenant, hosted dev space designed to enable the collaborative building of apps based on Java, Groovy, Spring, PHP, Ruby and HTML, among others. And the apps you build with it can be deployed directly to a PaaS environment.
Keep in mind that this is a separate product line, not to be confused with the development tools that are part of the company's enterprise software stack, the eXo Platform. Currently in version 3, the eXo Platform comes with a Web-based IDE, a portal framework, collaboration tools, an enterprise content management system, a knowledge management solution and a set of enterprise social networking capabilities. The core platform is architected on the GateIn portal framework, an open source project developed jointly by JBoss and eXo.
The eXo Cloud IDE has been under development for about a year and a half, and the initial beta program was launched at the beginning of the year, explained the company's San Francisco-based developer advocate Mark Downey. When I talked with him, he was eager to correct a little glitch on the company's Web site.
"Although we still call it a beta, since we are rapidly adding new features and fixing bugs, the service is now available to everybody," he said. "The statement on our homepage saying that the service is limited to a small number of developers is no longer true."
eXo's announcement comes on the eve of the annual VMworld conference, which gets underway next week in Las Vegas, and just ahead of the beta release of VMware's new Micro Foundry PaaS for client machines. (Look for the eXo Cloud IDE at Booth #171 at the Vegas show.)
Including Cloud Foundry, the eXo Cloud IDE now supports application deployment to four PaaS environments. The others are CloudBees, Heroku and Red Hat OpenShift.
"Cloud IDE makes it possible for developers to collaborate on building Java applications in the cloud, apps that they can deploy directly to Cloud Foundry in minutes," the company's founder and CEO Benjamin Mestrallet said in a statement. "The code now lives in the cloud, accessible from virtually anywhere with a browser and Internet access..."
If you're interested, eXo is welcoming all comers to download the eXo Cloud IDE, despite what the download page may say. And the company is holding an intro webinar on or around September 8. Check here for details. And there's also a video demo available here.
Posted by John K. Waters on 08/25/2011 at 10:53 AM0 comments