Thursday, April 17, 2008

Apache CXF graduates out of the Incubator!

Congratulations to Dan Kulp and the rest of the community for graduating CXF out of the incubator at Apache!

This is a big deal, its taken 20 months to finally prove that there is a vibrant and diverse community behind Apache CXF.

There's often this mis-conception that graduating from the incubator at Apache is related to the code's maturity (CXF has always been a very stable and mature product btw).

However, the Apache Software Foundation isn't about just the business friendly license, Apache projects have business friendly communities too. To get out of the incubator the project needs to have a diverse number of committers and develop code in a collaborative and meritocratic way. This ensures that a project is a vibrant entity in its own right, outside the influence of one company or an individual developer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Things I'm looking forward to this Spring ...

We have been keeping our heads down, ignoring (and sometimes laughing at) the gossip around Iona OS group, and keeping our focus on our Apache projects these past few months.

Things bubbling up and to keep an eye out for:

ServiceMix 4.0 - whilst keeping JBI very much a first class citizen, there is tighter integration with Apache Camel - making integration even easier - whilst allowing room for JBI 2.0 and SCA to be co-located in the future. Milestone 1 should be released in Apache very, very soon. Guillaume and Bruce did a good talk about this recently at ApacheCon.

ActiveMQ 5.1 - lots, and lots of late nights and weekends ironing out some complex use cases from our users - which has really helped us harden this enterprise class messaging system - thx Hiram! Look out for this release over the next couple of days.

CXF - both graduating from Apache incubator (fingers crossed Dan!) - and releasing 2.1 - which will be supporting JAX-WS 2.1, JAXB 2.1 etc.

and Camel just did a 1.3 release with tons of new features (yay James!).

Things I'm not looking forward to:

Leeds Utd missing promotion - I know its going to happen :(