Thursday, 23 June 2011

The link between WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and Apache Geronimo

In previous posts I've written on this blog, such as Get OSGi samples running on your machine in 10 minutes and OSGi Bundle Lifecycles I've referred to Apache Geronimo as the light weight application server I've been using.  Geronimo is an open source application server that consumes the Apache Aries project.  However the food chain does not stop there.  An IBM product called WebSphere Application Server Community Edition consumes the Geronimo project.  So what can we infer from this food chain in the future?

Well, Geronimo currently offers full support for the Java EE 6 and enterprise OSGi applications (via integration of Apache Aries).  I asked Kevan Miller, an IBMer who is the PMC Chair of Apache Geronimo and the WebSphere Application Server Community Edition Architect, to clarify the intent for the Community Edition product.  Here's a slide Kevan often uses which carries a clear statement of WAS CE future intents.

I'm looking forward to seeing these functions in WAS CE, particularly the Java EE 6 support and the new OSGi enterprise programming model to WAS CE, in the OSGi platform.

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