The CEO for SpringSource says a new, modular development style is the norm.
LAS VEGAS-The legacy style of
enterprise Java application development has given way to a new world of
frameworks and modular componentry, according to an expert.
"It is pretty clear that the legacy approach to server-side Java
development is done," said Rod Johnson, founder and CEO
of SpringSource, the company behind the open-source lightweight Java
development platform Spring Framework.
Aside from frameworks such as Spring, "OSGi [Open Services Gateway
initiative] is a big part of what's driving this," said Johnson, speaking
at TheServerSide Java Symposium here March 27.
OSGi units of modularity are known as bundles, and although OSGi has its own
set of challenges, Spring strongly supports OSGi, Johnson said.
"Spring Dynamic Modules combines the POJO [Plain Old Java Objects]
programming model of Spring with the benefits of OSGi modularization," he
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OSGi is the dynamic model system for Java and is moving to the server side
to "solve a lot of problems that Java and Java EE [Enterprise Edition]
didn't," he said. "Spring Dynamic Modules for OSGi is a key enabling
technology for the next generation of middleware. It's very important that Spring
and OSGi work so well together."
The Eclipse Foundation launched a new top-level run-time project based on
OSGi at its EclipseCon conference March 17. At the same time, SpringSource
released an IDE (integrated development
environment) to support Eclipse developers. The combined OSGi support plays
into the company's tooling strategy, SpringSource officials said.
"Our aim with the Spring Portfolio is if you write something with the
Spring component model, you can potentially benefit from something you may not
have known about or planned for," Johnson said, referring not only to the
OSGi support specifically, but to the breadth of technologies that Spring
touches in one way or another. "All Spring JARs [Java Archive files] are
now OSGi bundles. OSGi gives you the best possible modularization."