The world of open source middleware could have a busy 2010 ahead, with Red Hat’s JBoss unit talking up some of the initiatives that will keep it occupied during the coming year. Chief among them is focusing on enhancing the user experience. ServerWatch takes a look.
Red Hat’s JBoss middleware division is set to have a busy 2010 as it continues to improve its developer tools and Java servers. While feature improvements are always important for JBoss, this year’s focus will be on improving the way that developers work with their tools and servers.
Among the efforts that JBoss will be pushing this year are improvements to its JBoss Developer Studio (JBDS). JBDS began its life as a closed-source technology from vendor Exadel, called Exadel Studio Pro, which was open sourced in a joint development with JBoss in 2007.
Mark Little, Red Hat’s chief technologist for middleware, told InternetNews.com that JBDS has been seeing regular releases while adding new features. But he said the key to moving forward, however, is about improving productivity.
“We’ve slated the next year and possibly the next two years for improving productivity and out-of-the-box look and feel for all of our platforms and projects,” Little said. “JBDS is a key component of that, as good tooling is what people expect if they’re coming from closed-source vendors. JBDS puts us in the same light as the likes of IBM and Oracle.”