Geronimo Passes Java EE 4 Compatibility Test
- By John K. Waters
The Apache Software Foundation's (ASF) open-source J2EE application server
project, Geronimo, has cleared a significant hurdle on its way to full J2EE
certification: successful completion of Sun Microsystem's J2EE test compatibility
Originally launched in August 2003 by a group of JBoss developers (who later
broke away from the project), Geronimo is a large-scale project aimed at creating
a fully certified J2EE 1.4 server based on existing open-source components and
available under the Apache software license.
The completion of the J2EE 1.4.1 test compatibility kit was announced during
a "birds of a feather" presentation at the recent JavaOne show in
San Francisco. Although passing the rigors of Sun's standards test suite doesn't
bestow full J2EE 1.4 (now known as Java EE 4) certification, it does indicate
that most of the development work on the project is finished.
In 2004, the ASF promoted the Geronimo project from incubator status to a top-level
project. To become fully certified, the project must now pass the so-called
non-testable assertions, which is a set of conditions that can't be tested with
code, but which every J2EE app server much pass.
As a full application server, Geronimo provides support for Web, EJB, JMS and
EIS applications, combined with enterprise grade configuration and management.
Geronimo got a big boost from Big Blue when IBM purchased Gluecode, a startup
focused on building open-source infrastructure software based on Apache software,
including Geronimo. At the time the acquisition was announced, IBM said it would
become an active contributor to the Geronimo project. IBM plans to offer Gluecode
SE under the IBM open-source license. IBM bundles the Apache Web server with
WebSphere, and it contributed the Derby embedded database to Apache.
"People shouldn't think of Geronimo as just another J2EE app server, but
as the start of a system framework that can be used to build a variety of tailored
infrastructure services," Gluecode's former CTO, Jeremy Boynes told JavaTrends.
JBoss was the first open-source application server to earn J2EE compliance
certification. ObjectWeb's Java Open Application Server (JOnAS), which was certified
earlier this year, was the second. RedHat distributes JOnAS.
Sun Microsystems recently launched its own open-source app server project,
code-named GlassFish. Announced during JavaOne, it will serve as the platform
edition of Sun's Java System Application Server version 9. Glassfish will be
available with Sun's open-source Common Development and Distribution License.
For more information on the Apache Geronimo project, go to: http://geronimo.apache.org.
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley. He can be reached