Linux Foundation Launches JS Foundation
- By John K. Waters
Both the JQuery Foundation and the Dojo Foundation, which announced plans to join forces in September, are coming together as part of the new JS Foundation. Kris Borchers, executive director of the JQuery Foundation, will serve as executive director of the new JS Foundation project.
The list of JS Foundation founding members includes: Bocoup, IBM, Ripple, Samsung, Sauce Labs, Sense Tecnic Systems, SitePen, StackPath, University of Westminster and WebsiteSetup.
IBM launched the Node.js Foundation as a Linux Foundation project about a year ago. The company is contributing its Node-RED project to the new JS Foundation. Node-RED is a homegrown IBM tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services. Since the project was launched in 2013, it has become a popular technology in the Internet of Things (IoT) developer community.
The Linux Foundation is an umbrella organization for a range of open source projects. It has become something of a go-to org for open source communities looking for structure and guidance for large-scale collaboration. The list of Linux Foundation projects includes Cloud Foundry, the Kinetic Open Storage Project, OpenSwitch, the Xen Project and Node.js.
"Organizing under the Linux Foundation umbrella reduces costs by leveraging its existing infrastructure," Diaz said. "But more importantly, it increases synergy across synergy across open source projects. Say Mocha is doing something that JQuery needs, it's a very easy discussion among developers within a well-understood framework. It often has the effect of accelerating all of the different projects that have moved in together."
The JS Foundation will also build on its work with standards bodies, organizers said, such as W3C, WHATWG and ECMA TC39, "to nurture the open standards that browser vendors and developers rely upon," the foundation organizers said in a statement.
John has been covering the high-tech beat from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly two decades. He serves as Editor-at-Large for Application Development Trends (www.ADTMag.com) and contributes regularly to Redmond Magazine, The Technology Horizons in Education Journal, and Campus Technology. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Everything Guide to Social Media; The Everything Computer Book; Blobitecture: Waveform Architecture and Digital Design; John Chambers and the Cisco Way; and Diablo: The Official Strategy Guide.