Application Development: Top 13 New Open-Source Projects of 2011

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2012-01-24 Print this article Print


Cloud Foundry is an open platform-as-a-service (PaaS) providing a choice of clouds, developer frameworks and application services. Initiated by VMware with broad industry support, Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. The open-source project is available through a variety of private cloud distributions and public cloud instances.
Black Duck Software has announced its 2011 Open Source Rookies of the Year list of the top 10 new open-source projects-and three honorable mentions-to hit the streets. The list, released Jan. 18, features two open-source cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) projects, two others tailored to the needs of game developers and a toolkit to help social media application developers build Web apps. The Black Duck Software 2011 Open Source Rookie of the Year list is the fourth annual edition of the company's rundown of the top new projects out there. Using data on open-source projects from and the Black Duck KnowledgeBase, Black Duck reviewed thousands of open-source projects started in 2011 to select the Open Source Rookies of the Year. Using a weighted scoring system, points were awarded based on commit activity-commits per day, size of the project team, and the number of in-bound links to the project. Black Duck determined the top 10 projects following an audit of its findings and normalization of scores. In addition to the 10 Open Source Rookies of the Year, Black Duck identified three projects that deserve honorable mention due to their outstanding rate of commits and team support.
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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