Red Hat updates JBoss dev tools, SOA platform
- By John K. Waters
- Mar 25, 2010
Red Hat showed off the latest incarnation of its JBoss
Developer Studio IDE at the annual EclipseCon developer conference,
underway this week in Santa Clara, as well as a new version of its JBoss Enterprise SOA Platform, and it unveiled the
latest version of its JBoss Enterprise Web Platform.
Developer Studio 3.0 is built on the latest Eclipse platform release
(3.5), explained Ashesh Badani, senior director of Red Hat's Middleware
Products group, and expands support within that IDE for the breadth of
the company's product line, including its enterprise application
platform and its SOA, portal and data-services platforms.
"The JBoss developer tools allow us to incorporate the latest
Eclipse releases and give full support from a developer perspective
across our product line," Badani said in an interview with this site at
The latest version of the IDE is designed to allow
developers to build both rich Web applications and enterprise
applications. JBoss Studio 3.0 supports a range of frameworks, including
RichFaces, Seam, Spring Struts and GWT.
Red Hat currently claims
more than 1.5 million annual downloads of JBoss Tools, a set
of Eclipse-based plugins for JBoss technologies, including Seam,
Hibernate/JPA, JSF, EJB3, JBossESB, JBossWS, Portal and others. JBoss
Tools is a noncommercial project productized in the JBoss Developer
"There's the mass of developers who use Eclipse
and a variety of frameworks," Badani said. "And we want to
take a subset of that group for our particular product line, and we'd
like to expand it. That's why we're at a show like this."
The company also launched a major update of its SOA software. JBoss
Enterprise SOA Platform 5.0 adds a number of features to the company's
evolving middleware product, which Badani said supports the integration
of an array of applications, services, transactions and business
processes in one simple architecture.
The 5.0 release comes with
new administration consoles, a new tool for transforming XML docs (based
on XSLT) and an upgraded UDDI registry. Look also for version 5 of JBoss Rules, which works with
JBoss Enterprise BRMS, and better integration with such cloud services
as Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), as well as in-house cloud
"This release is about giving enterprises
more visibility and control," Badani said. "Both JBoss
Enterprise SOA and the Studio tools are advancements and
maturations of what we've been doing in the past."
said that an internal Red Hat project, called Andiamo, is taking on the
challenge of "making our product line more manageable, and getting
more functionality around scalability and robustness and performance
across our product line."
The JBoss Enterprise Web Platform
5.0, unveiled at EclipseCon, is designed to provide a lightweight Java
platform for such popular programming models as Java EE, Spring, Struts
and JBoss Seam.
The Web Platform represents the final component
of the company's Open Choice middleware strategy, announced last summer,
Badani said. The Web Platform, along with two other Java application
server products (the Enterprise Application Platform and the Enterprise
Web Server), serve as "cornerstones" of the company's open
source middleware portfolio. Together, these app servers provide
enterprise-level support for just about all the popular frameworks,
including Hibernate, Seam, Google Web Toolkit, RichFaces, the Spring
Framework and Apache Struts.
"Since Oracle's acquisition of
BEA and Sun, there really remains no independent provider in the
middleware business," Badani said. "The JBoss strategy and
philosophy of doing innovative technologies hasn't changed. Open choice:
Let folks use what they want to use."
John K. Waters is a freelance writer based in Silicon Valley.