Develop and Test Your Social App with OSDE Project

OSDE Interview

Jessica Thornsby
OSDE-Interview

OSDE “allows developers to develop and test the social application in the developer’s PC only.”

As the web becomes more social, developers are beginning to
address the problems that can arise when creating new social
applications. OSDE is one of these tools that attempts to
make developing and testing a social application easier. JAXenter
spoke to project creator Yoichiro Tanaka, to find out more…..

JAXenter: What are the goals of the OSDE
project?

Yoichiro Tanaka: A development for a social
application is very difficult, because developers must confirm the
developed application on some social networking services. The
confirmation of the social application needs to prepare some
friends. Of course, developers may cause real friends trouble. OSDE
has a minimum social networking service, and it allows developers
to develop and test the social application in the developer’s PC
only. As the result, I expect that most developers who develop a
social application can develop and test an application more easily
and quickly.

JAXenter: What technologies are running behind
the scenes of OSDE?

Yoichiro Tanaka: Of course, it is OpenSocial.
OSDE allows developers to run the OpenSocial application in the
environment of OSDE easily. In addition, OSDE is using Apache
Shindig which is a reference implementation of an OpenSocial
container. In other hand, OSDE was developed as an Eclipse plug-in,
thus it is IDE.

JAXenter: What functionality is included in the
latest release?

Yoichiro Tanaka: The latest release of OSDE has
many functions like below:

* OSDE has an OpenSocial container based on Apache Shindig, and
developers can launch it quickly.
* A developer can generate a project for his/her social
application. Of course, he/her can execute the project at the time
when the project is generated.
* OSDE has a minimum social networking service, and developers can
create test data in a database OSDE has.
* A developer can deploy his/her application to iGoogle
directly.

JAXenter: What are the next steps for the
project?

Yoichiro Tanaka: Unfortunately, OSDE has
supported the version number 0.9 of OpenSocial. I want to update
the version of Apache Shindig OSDE has internally. And, I also
support an OpenSocial WAP extension specification and for
Smart-phone development on OSDE, because a market of a social
application will shift to mobile-devices. Of course, I intend to
upgrade an editor, a runtime environment, a code testing and a code
generation. Finally, I want to increase committers of OSDE! :)

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