Blogger: Joe Niski
SpringSource has been busy this month, just as I put the finishing touches on Burton Group's first in-depth look at the flexible Spring Framework (It's a lightweight container! It's a data access tool! It's a web framework! It may not wash your car, but you could extend it . . .)
For many developers tired of the grunt work involved in Java EE programming, Spring has made life easier for over four years. Today's announcement of the SpringSource Application Platform just might free developers from ever touching a Java EE server or deployment descriptor ever again. (Well, maybe eventually . . .)
Built on the Apache Tomcat servlet container, the innovative and proven OSGi service framework, and Spring, SpringSource Application Platform offers functionality comparable to a Java EE server but with a more modular service infrastructure and a more developer-friendly programming model than Java EE. It has tremendous potential to live up to its “next-generation application platform” label.
The combination of SpringSource Application Platform and the Spring Enterprise Edition bundle of support, software, and tooling constitutes a full stack for enterprise software development, deployment, and management. It may seriously disrupt the server market currently dominated by IBM,
BEA, Oracle, and RedHat in the next two to four years.