IBM Monday announced a set of free tools and support for developers using Cloudscape, its Java relational database, also now known as Derby.
Available on the IBM developerWorks site, the new material for developers includes tools, articles, technical advice, sample code and a free downloadable version of the Cloudscape code, the company said. Developers can find these resources at www.ibm.com/developerWorks/cloudscape.
Earlier this month, IBM announced its intent to turn the Cloudscape code over to the open-source community, releasing it to the Apache Software Foundation.
And IBM officials said in the three weeks since the release more than 5,000 downloads of the code have been made from developerWorks. The source code can now be found on ASFs Incubator site at http://incubator.apache.org/projects/derby.html. Derby is an Apache project based on the Cloudscape database and aligns with other Apache projects such as Geronimo, Tomcat, Apache DB and the Apache Cocoon Web development framework, ASF officials said.
IBM officials said the company participates in and contributes to more than 150 open-source projects—including Linux, Eclipse and the Globus Alliance—has invested more than $1 billion into open-source efforts and continues to invest several hundred million dollars each year.
In a statement, Gina Poole, vice president of developer marketing and Web communities for Independent software vendor and developer relations at IBM, said: “IBM has a strong commitment to the Java community as well as to continued Java innovation. By providing resources on Cloudscape, IBM developerWorks is helping software developers help our customers and ISVs be more innovative in developing business applications that are based on open standards.”