JBoss newcomers get signposting

Red Hat launches 'The JBoss Way' initiative - so what is it?

Plenty of announcements have surfaced from Red Hat Summit and JBossWorld this week, all giving some inkling into how the open source giant was positioning itself for the coming year.

But as a bookend to Red Hat’s activity over the past week, it seemed apt to look at their marketing titled ‘The JBoss Way’ - a new developer platform tying together a lot of exciting JBoss projects under one roof. Effectively a rebranding of the recently-announced JBoss Developer Framework.

The JBoss Way introduces a new set of developer productivity-driven tools, frameworks and architectural designs for next-generation applications - neatly bundling together Red Hat’s main message over the last year, that they are ready for mobile, the cloud and more.

Heavy precedence has been put into Java’s foray into the emerging worlds of HTML5, mobile, web browsing and cloud and Red Hat’s work over the last year or so has been driven towards this. The JBoss Way formally introduces emerging projects (and some slightly glossed established ones) with guides to their two main products - the Eclipse environment JBoss Developer Studio 5, and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 stack,

Technologies featuring under the JBoss Way banner include the old guard such as Java EE 6, Hibernate 4, JBoss Forge and some bright talent in testing suite Arquillian and Red Hat’s PaaS, OpenShift. This seems like a perfect time to begin such an initiative, advocating the integration of newer technologies and forming a cohesive bond with others.

“Since its beginning more than a decade ago, JBoss has been renowned for appealing to the Java middleware developer community,” said Mark Little, senior director, Middleware engineering at Red Hat, in a statement. “Over the past 10 years, through efforts such as Hibernate, JPA, Seam, CDI and JBoss Developer Studio, we've ensured that our focus on improving developer productivity has remained core to everything we do, including our work with the standards.

"Projects such as Drools, Switchyard, Errai and Infinispan take this emphasis beyond Java EE so that whatever your area of interest, JBoss tools offer the solutions you need to develop and deploy your applications," Little continued. "We care about developers and I believe we've shown that time and time again, with innovation throughout our projects and our products. We expect that the momentum we've built up is only going to increase through The JBoss Way initiative and collaborative projects.”

The JBoss Way hub boasts an impressive amount of resources for each JBoss technology, with quick-starts, Maven archetypes, screencasts and tutorials provided. This approach seems quite similar to the recent JBoss Developer Framework, with reference application guide TicketMonster also heavily featured in this.

“Java EE 6 has proven to be an ideal stack to build enterprise applications,” Paul Bakker, an engineer at Luminus Consulting, said in a statement. “The Java EE ecosystem is very large; however, it contains a lot of APIs and related tools. This might be overwhelming for new developers, making it hard to get started.
"The JBoss Way gives you guidance on how to structure your application, which tools to use and how to test your code to create standards-based enterprise applications. Two of the highlights of The JBoss Way are JBoss Forge and Arquillian. Forge is a tool that makes it trivial to set up your Maven-based project and add Java EE technology to it. Arquillian brings in-container integration tests to Java EE, which gives you the power to test all your code in an easy but realistic way,” Bakker said.

Whilst JDF is probably aimed at seasoned veterans, ‘The JBoss Way’ should entice those previously unaware of Red Hat’s open source powers and be a useful adage most importantly. Of course, the term ‘JBossian’ holds great stock in the JBoss community, which JBoss founder Marc Fleury coined to describe the zealous approach the JBoss team took in the early days, and to show pride in being open source advocates. All in all this seems like an ideal way to showcase what JBoss does and a good way to round-up their most important conference to date.

Chris Mayer

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