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Thoughts on open source J2EE

Mark Watson is a JBoss fan. Interesting that Geronimo is starting to produce releases. Progress in Geronimo has been solid, but the project's community building could be better - it's something of a tight crew and I'd be concerned the project would stall if certain folks stopped working on it. I have no idea what to make of JBoss Group right now. They've made some interesting 'acquisitions' but there's still too much emphasis on talk rather than code for my taste, but the community around the container seems solid.

Jonas is looking like the best possible option for open source J2EE. I like ObjectWeb's organisational model, but especially it's technical focus - call me a cynic, but it seems it's too easy in J2EE to confuse press releases with systems. We're evaluating switching some systems over to it. I don't know if I will use JBoss again and Geronimo looks like it needs 8-12 months. Plus that spat between ASF and JBoss Group wasn't impressive.

May 1, 2004 06:42 PM


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