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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2006-06-13 Print this article Print

Fleury harked back to the height of the rumors about where JBoss might land, as many reports saw Oracle as the primary suitor for the company. "Now that this is done, a lot of the company is at peace with this new home for JBoss," Fleury said of the general buzz around the companys possible buyers before Red Hat moved in to snatch JBoss up for some $350 million. "A lot of our customers let go a sigh of relief." he said. "This is clearly a very natural merge of two leaders in the open-source space."
Indeed, Fleury said JBoss integration into Red Hat "is a message of continuity. Think of Red Hat as a bigger platform for us moving forward."
One of the first pieces JBoss has targeted toward its partners is an integrated bundle of Red Hats Linux operating system with the JBoss application server and the Hibernate persistence framework, Fleury said. This will be an offering targeted at partners that has a clear and simple subscription model, is downloadable and upgradable via the Red Hat Network, will have a single SKU available shortly, and is ideal for channel partners, he said. Also at JBoss World, JBoss announced the general availability of JBoss Seam 1.0, an application framework for Web 2.0 applications. Seam is where the Web 2.0 world meets the SOA (service-oriented architecture) world, according to Fleury. In fact, he said, Seam integrates SOA technologies such as AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML), JavaServer Faces, EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans) 3.0, Java portlets, business process management and workflow. And Seam enables developers to build complex Web applications with annotated plain-old Java objects. Moreover, the simplicity of Seam 1.0 will enable easy integration with other JBoss SOA technologies and Java Business Integration in the future, the company said. Seam 1.0 includes EJB-based development, an AJAX remoting layer, declarative state management for application state, support for new types of stateful applications, support for process-driven applications and portal integration, the company said. JBoss also announced it is extending its certification program to SAAS providers, Fleury said. The Certified SAAS Program is meant to support companies that develop and deliver their products as solutions using JEMS, Fleury said. The JBoss certification uses testing tools and a methodology for certifying performance and interoperability. And certified SAAS partners will be able to access monitoring and management capabilities through JBoss ON, the company said. Developers see Red Hat and JBoss as a good fit. Click here to read why. "As a longtime JBoss partner thats been supporting JEMS in our on-demand software infrastructure, we see the value in being JBoss-certified," said Jeremy Bauer, chief technology officer at Success Factors, in a statement. Fleury also spoke at the event of various JBoss projects to watch, including the JBoss Web project. "JBoss Web is a Web server alternative effort to combine the native performance of APR [Apache Portable Runtime] and the Java manageability of Tomcat," said Fleury. JBoss Web is "a revolutionary approach to the integration of .Net and Java," he said. Essentially, it enables developers to support ASP applications and also now PHP. Another JBoss project to watch is the JBoss ESB (Enterprise Service Bus), Fleury said. Fleury said JBoss has acquired an ESB technology, built using JBoss technology, from an insurance customer that has used and extended JBoss own technology. "We acquired an ESB from one of our insurance customers," he said. "Its going to greatly accelerate delivery" of JBoss, he said. Delivery of that technology is slated for the fourth quarter of 2006, Fleury said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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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