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Red Hat, Exadel Team on JBoss Developer Tools

By Tim Gray LinuxInsider ECT News Network
Mar 6, 2007 4:00 AM PT

Red Hat and Exadel announced a partnership on Monday that will bring Eclipse-based developer tools to Red Hat's JBoss suite of middleware.

Red Hat, Exadel Team on JBoss Developer Tools

The tools, which are geared toward developing service-oriented architecture (SOA) and Web 2.0 applications, will be made available as open source under the auspices of the JBoss.org community, according to Red Hat.

Open Source Projects

JBoss, which was acquired last April by Red Hat, plans to focus on open source projects that are rolled into JBoss Enterprise Middleware, said Bryan Che, Red Hat's product manager.

"We want to attract developers to build new applications on top of our platform -- not just migrate the existing applications to our platforms," Che told LinuxInsider.

Looking for Programmers

Red Hat is hoping the agreements will boost its development tools business and grab the attention of more programmers.

For its part, Exadel will open all of its products, including Exadel Studio Pro and RichFaces, and it will consolidate its Ajax4jsf project under JBoss.org, the community behind the open source projects that roll up into JBoss Enterprise Middleware.

In addition to new projects, Red Hat will work with Exadel on integration with JBoss IDE and other JBoss technologies, including JBoss Seam and Hibernate, according to Che.

Exadel's developer tools, along with JBoss Enterprise Middleware, will provide a development and deployment platform to assist programmers in assembling SOA components and Web 2.0 applications with less coding and increased productivity.

"It will accelerate time to market, and reduce development and run-time errors, Che claimed.

Rebranding Projects

Studio Pro allows developers to work with multiple frameworks in a single Web environment. RichFaces and Ajax4jsf are models for building rich Internet and Web 2.0 applications.

Under the terms of the deal, Red Hat plans to run open source communities for Exadel Studio Pro and RichFaces, as well as for the Ajax4jsf project, under the "JBoss" name.

Red Hat will rebrand Studio Pro as "Red Hat Developer Studio" and make it available this summer under a GPL (general public license), said Che.

Red Hat plans to provide open source access to all of its tools, he added.

"This the first time a toolset of this caliber is going to be appearing in open source," remarked Che. "We want to make sure, even though these are Red Hat value-adds, that we protect them and make sure they remain in open source."

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