Infrastructure software developer Gluecode has released a new Java application development platform that ties together a number of open-source components into one integrated system.
Gluecode's Joe platform uses Apache technologies, including its portal, its Geronimo application server, its Derby database (formerly known as IBM Cloudscape) and its Agila business process management engine.
Joe is aimed at developers interested in using open-source technology but reluctant to tackle their own integration of the components. Gluecode's package offers product support services and add-ons such as a management console.
Gluecode chief executive Winston Damarillo said the aim was to marry the flexibility of Java with the usability of Microsoft's rival development tools. He expects Joe to compete with Microsoft's .net line-up. Damarillo said Gluecode had two customers running pilot deployments of Joe, but declined to name them.
Forrester Research analyst John Rymer said he saw a market for Joe among companies without the expertise to do deep development work pulling together an open-source technology stack. In its current version, Joe was most suitable for projects such as web applications, he said. He expects Gluecode to deliver a subsequent enterprise version with clustering support and other high-end features necessary for more robust, scalable applications.
Gluecode is a start-up company that plans to build its entire software line around open-source technologies. Joe is available for free at its website, http://www.gluecode.com/. Technical support and access to source code and updates are available to subscribers for an annual fee starting at $3,500 (£1,900). The software runs on the Red Hat Linux, Windows 2000 and XP.
Stacy Cowley writes for IDG News Service