Tony Baer has a good write-up on this.
Exadel contributed the plug-ins, along with Ajax4sf and RichFaces, to Red Hat last March with the goal of making high-end Eclipse developer tools available to the open-source community.
Red Hat, which sponsors JBoss.org, an open-source middleware community, says that Developer Studio will provide pre-configured tools “that will offer significant time-savings and value, making them more productive and speeding time to deployment.” Launch of that is set for later this summer.
In addition to the new Exadel plug-ins, the JBoss Tools project encompasses the former JBoss IDE project with Hibernate Tools, JBoss jBPM Tools, Drools IDE, JBoss Application Server Tools and new JBoss Seam Tools, among others. JBoss Tools will provide nightly builds and an Eclipse update manager for easy access to the latest versions of all plug-ins.
Developers can now download the plug-ins from JBoss Tools to compile a powerful IDE with rich tooling for Java EE and Ajax development. Eventually, developers will be able to subscribe to Red Hat Developer Studio, which integrates JBoss Tools into a tested and supported IDE for development on all Red Hat runtimes, including JBoss Enterprise Middleware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat seems to be finding the right mix on tools, and with the Eclipse community's sizable wind in its sails. And, as we know, the runtimes usually tend to follow where the developer preferences point.
In other open source arena news, Covalent Technologies has set its sights on becoming a one-stop-shopping support company for Apache and other open-source users with its announcement of add-on support for a dozen additional open-source projects.
Since the Covalent founders, who helped develop the ubiquitous Apache HTTP Web Sever, packed their wagons with venture-capital cash and joined the tech-boom gold rush from Nebraska to California nearly seven years ago, the company has continued to position itself as a leader within the open-source community.
It now claims to support more than 50 percent of the Fortune 500 companies and 70 percent of the Fortune 100 companies, according to its Wikipedia entry.
Among the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and other open-source technologies Covalent will now support are:
In announcing the new support offerings, Covalent quoted Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst at Redmonk, as saying, "With Covalent now offering commercial-level support for projects such as Lucene and Xerces, we could be seeing the next wave of Apache projects on their way to becoming household names."
I suppose Apache incubation projects are often the talk of the day at the O'Grady dinner table. But some of us would still have a tough sell getting the kids the finish their broccoli while chatting about the shifting requirements for Lucene. More likely they will finish their greens IF I were to stop talking about them. Hmmm.