SpringSource shows its swagger in the enterprise Java space with a new Code2Cloud offering that puts necessary lifecycle tools in a cloud environment for developers to use.
the rest of the enterprise Java world, including Java steward Oracle, sort of
plods along, VMware's SpringSource
division is making moves that legitimize its claims of becoming the de facto
standard for enterprise Java development.
was able to entice mega Java backer Google to attend its annual developer event
here, and to be a major-read platinum-sponsor. Google, for various reasons,
including legal issues with Oracle, declined to participate in Oracle's JavaOne
conference-which some developers have disparagingly referred to as "JavaHalf"
because it did not live up to the expectations of previous years' events.
SpringSource also did not participate in JavaOne.
on Oct. 19, VMware's SpringSource division announced a new set of cloud-based
development and collaboration tools aimed at simplifying the entire
2GX developer conference
announced a new set of cloud-based tools developed in partnership with Tasktop Technologies
, a leading provider of
task-focused development and ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) integration
solutions. The new tools, known as Code2Cloud, build on leading open source
development projects to provide a unified, setup-free development
infrastructure delivered as a cloud service, said Rod Johnson, senior vice
president and general manager of VMware's SpringSource product division.
is the single biggest announcement we've made to date; we think this is going
to be a big deal," Johnson told eWEEK. Moreover, this year's SpringOne 2GX
event is the biggest SpringSource has held yet, with more than 1,000 developers
in attendance, Johnson said.
Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies and the creator of the Eclipse Mylyn project
, said Code2Cloud
allows developers to focus on what is important-business logic and writing
great code. By removing the distractions of configuring development
environments, setting up code repositories, and continuous integration and
seamlessly incorporating issue-tracking systems, Code2Cloud removes much of the
complexity and headaches from the application-development process, Kersten
said. Code2Cloud is delivered as a service with no setup, and no hardware or
software to manage to the more than 2.5 million members of the SpringSource
the past decade, SpringSource has always focused on improving developer
productivity-from the creation of the Spring Framework and our rapid
application-development tools, Grails and Roo, to the most complete
Eclipse-based IDE, SpringSource Tool Suite (STS),"
Johnson said in a statement. "Now, along with Tasktop Technologies, SpringSource
will bring the same innovation to application lifecycle tools. To help our
developer community prepare for the cloud, we are bringing the cloud to them
with a complete set of development tools-to make every developer more
advantage of the cloud for development infrastructure is a great first step for
developers and IT organizations to move forward with their public cloud
strategy, Kersten said. While developers and application owners will be able to
use Code2Cloud for the entire build process, it also enables a choice of Java
cloud deployment destinations easily targeted at internal infrastructure, or
public PAAS (Platform as a Service) offerings, like the enterprise-ready VMforce
, a joint offering between
VMware and Salesforce, or Google.
believe having a unified view of the process will give developers a chance for
breakthrough innovation," Johnson said. "We plan to make the Spring model the
natural value proposition for Java cloud computing," he added.
software development tool chain has always been tedious to set up and
integrate, Red Monk
analyst Michael Cote, said
in a statement. "While cloud-based development promises to make application
delivery, deployment and use easier, I haven't seen excellent unified
application-management approaches that take full advantage of cloud.
SpringSource Code2Cloud is an ambitious attempt at moving much of the
development management stack into the cloud and hopefully vacuuming up those
tedious application-management tasks. It'll be fun to watch this idea evolve as
more and more people and applications start taking advantage of cloud
computing," Cote continued.
builds on open source projects, including Eclipse Mylyn task management, STS (SpringSource Tool Suite
continuous integration and Git
source control, Kersten said. It provides a
new cloud-centric issue tracker that is compatible with the popular Bugzilla
bug-tracking system, as well as a
dashboard for managing applications and development teams. The solution
leverages the Tasktop Certified ecosystem of Agile and ALM integrations,
ensuring interoperability with existing ALM (AppWare Loadable Module) tools and support for
best-of-breed Agile technologies.
live and breathe inside their IDE," Kersten said. "With Code2Cloud, once the
developer fixes a defect within Eclipse, the hosted code is instantly built,
tested and deployed. Any issues detected at run time immediately show in the
issue tracker and IDE with the full context of the failure, ensuring an
unprecedented degree of integration between the running application and the
day-to-day activity of the development team."
the open source Spring ecosystem and now Code2Cloud, developers have a
destination for their tooling, their programming model, their deployment
destination and now their application lifecycle tools, Kersten said. Much like
the Spring Framework allowed enterprises to leverage their existing investments
in software infrastructure but provided modern developer-friendly tools to
access that infrastructure, Code2Cloud will be highly extensible to other ALM
solutions via its implementation of the Eclipse Mylyn framework and of the OSLC (Open Services for
Web service standard.
demonstrated Code2Cloud during the opening keynote of the SpringOne G2X
developer conference. The technology will be available as a developer preview
in the first quarter of 2011. And when it becomes generally available, Tasktop
will provide enterprise support and integrations with third-party Agile and ALM