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Bob Bickel has been busy since JBoss announced on February 19 that it had closed on $10M in VC funding. A week on, he thought it might be useful to review the logic behind the move and answer some of the commonly asked questions. Innovatively, he addresses them in a blog. "The simple reason to move forward with VC funding," writes Bickel, "is that it helps enhance the Professional Open Source business model." What does JBoss mean exactly by that term, 'Professional Open Source'? "We think that there are a lot of developers, IT shops, software, systems and integration partners," Bickel explains, "that want a 'safe' open source project to use." By 'safe' what Bickel means, essentially, is two things: 24x7 production support and partners "24x7 production support is not only someone answering a phone or e-mail," he stresses, "but having an escalation procedure in place, im... (more)

Flashback: Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive 2004 Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners

April: Exclusive Interview with Dale Fuller This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated, with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok, famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves. The first question then, naturally enough, is to ask Skok whether this investment is somehow a contradiction, or whether there is indeed money to be made from open source? "We think that there's definitely money to be made," Skok says without hesitation. "Red Hat's a clear example," he adds. "They're now profitable on around a $100m annual revenue run-rate. And we're still in the early days of the open source movement."   Curious about the business model he sees underlying OSS, I ... (more)

JBoss 4.0 First to Apply Aspect-Oriented Programming Framework to Java Application Server

(June 2, 2003) - The developer edition of JBoss 4.0 is available now, providing a range of services previously unavailable in any J2EE application server. The new services are enabled by the Java application server industry's first implementation of an aspect-oriented programming (AOP) framework. The framework allows developers to interact with the server in a very intuitive manner, making it easier to design, develop, deploy, and maintain enterprise Web applications. The most popular Java-based application server in use today, JBoss is expected to reach three million downloads in 2003. Employees of JBoss Group and developers from the open source community worked together to produce JBoss 4.0. It is designed for use by Java developers, systems administrators, and ISVs. A version intended to support enterprise applications in production will be available in the fourt... (more)

Getting to the Core of Open Source Development

(June 5, 2003) - Yesterday a new entity burst onto the US corporate stage - "Core Developers Network LLC." Its aim: to provide consultancy services to a wide range of Java open-source technologies as well as some mainstream products such as Oracle. What's the big deal? Well, there is none. It's just another company coming onto the market and we wish them the best of luck in their new venture, especially in this still-slow economy. But looking at the core individuals of this new company, we do see something a little more interesting. The clue is in their name: Core Developers Network. They are some of the core developers of the popular open-source project JBoss. Now the story does get a little more colorful from here on in. JBoss already has an official consultancy arm, The JBoss Group. This is a company formed to make money from selling services and support to the pr... (more)

JBoss Group Commits to J2EE 1.4 Certification for JBoss Open Source Java Application Server

JBoss Group LLC announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Sun Microsystems, Inc. to license the J2EE 1.4 technology compatibility kit to certify the industry's most popular open source, Java-based application server, JBoss. In an exclusive statement to JDJ, JBoss explains their take on certification: "JBoss Group's commitment to J2EE certification for the JBoss application server is part of our strategy of delivering Professional Open Source, this means making Open Source the "safe" choice for enterprise IT. As JBoss is increasingly used in development and production in large government and corporate IT environments, we recognize the importance of accommodating the level of people in the application server decision-making process, for whom J2EE certification is important. Another driving force in our push for certification has been our software and s... (more)

Eclipse Special: Remote Debugging Tomcat & JBoss Apps with Eclipse

To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here Over the last several weeks I've received a few questions about remote debugging with Eclipse. I posted about this on my other blog back in February here but with not enough info for others to follow. If you go look at that blog entry you will see that I looked into 'in eclipse' debugging but did not find it satisfactory. So without further ado here is how I use Tomcat, JBoss, and Eclipse to build and debug applications. Whichever platform you are using (Tomcat or JBoss) you need to start them with the JPDA debugging enabled. For Tomcat this is very easy. In the $CATALINA_HOME/bin directory there is a script If you provide the arguments 'jpda start' tomcat will startup and listen on port 8000 for a debugger connection. With JBoss its only slightly more complicated. Basically you need to speci... (more)

JBoss Plug-in Available On NetBeans 4.1 Beta Update Center

The early access version of the server plugin for the JBoss 4 server is now available on the Beta Update Center for NetBeans 4.1. The features of the plugin include: Ability to register a local installation of JBoss 4.0.x Starting and stopping the server, basic management features Deployment of J2EE Applications, EJB Modules and Web Modules Debugging applications in JBoss Minimal handling of JBoss-specific deployment descriptorsTo download: Select Tools -> Update Center and select NetBeans Update. NetBeans IDE 4.1 is a full-featured integrated environment for Java application developers. It was released in May 2005 and introduced support for development of applications on the J2EE 1.4 Platform and their deployment to the Sun Java System Application Server 8.1 Platform Edition. The NetBeans project is an open-source project, so: The NetBeans Platform and IDE are free for... (more)

Migrating a JBoss EJB Application to WebLogic

The JBoss open source application server is commonly used in the development phase of a J2EE project. In the production phase the commercial BEA WebLogic server is preferred because of its enhanced set of features. Without modifications, an application developed in JBoss does not deploy in WebLogic server. The deployment descriptors for the WebLogic server are different from the JBoss deployment descriptors. An application may be migrated to WebLogic by converting the vendor-specific deployment descriptors to WebLogic. In this tutorial an EJB application developed in JBoss will be migrated to WebLogic with MySQL as the database. Preliminary Setup Download and install the BEA WebLogic server ( &FP=/content/products/weblogic/server). Create a server domain. Download the MySQL JDBC driver JAR file ( (more)

Rackspace Partners With JBoss On Intensive Linux Hosting

Rackspace Managed Hosting, a managed hosting provider, and JBoss, a professional open-source company, announced a partnership agreement to create Intensive Hosting for Linux/JBoss Edition, a managed Linux hosting solution specifically designed for complex Java Enterprise Edition applications running on JBoss Application Server. According to Rackspace, as the first JBoss-certified hosting partner, Rackspace will resell JBoss Subscription support services as an optional component of its Intensive Enterprise Linux hosting service. JBoss will certify the offering and provide support escalation for complex issues.The hosting solution provides JBoss-specific monitoring, administration and support escalation services to organizations for deploying and managing Java EE applications. "Rackspace provides the expertise in managing complex Java EE infrastructure such as the dat... (more)

Open Source JBoss Backs Java EE, AJAX

Approval of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 5 spec by the Java Community Process has been received well by other members of the technology community, including JBoss, which is a Java EE licensee. Sun is calling Java EE 5 "the most significant update of the programming model to the Enterprise Java development platform since the launch of J2EE 1.2 in December 1999." From the perspective of JBoss, the announcement's Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) 3.0 dimension is of high importance. According to Sun, EJB 3.0 "greatly simplifies the programming model by supporting Plain Old Java Objects (POJOs), which can easily be converted to Web Services with Annotations or made persistent using the Java Persistence API." JBoss issued a comment through company CTO Sacha Labourey (pictured), who said, "Simplicity is the guiding principle behind the JBoss Enterprise Middl... (more)

JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite Enjoys Rapidly Growing Adoption in Telecommunications

JBoss has announced that the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS), the leading open source platform for service-oriented architecture (SOA), is rapidly becoming a standard among telecommunications companies. JEMS has become the market-leading middleware suite because it simplifies development of Enterprise Java applications, enabling telecom companies to accelerate time to market with flexible, cost-effective solutions. Leading telecom operators, equipment and service providers worldwide continue to choose JEMS over costly proprietary alternatives. Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (EE) has become the base platform for most new development in telecom. As the telecom industry continues to grow and invest in new technologies such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), WiMAX and Fiber to the Premises (FTTP), the flexibility and power of JEMS microkernel-based arch... (more)