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Social media mashup engine Apache Rave promoted to Top Level Project status

Chris Mayer

The lightweight Java platform for hosting and aggregating OpenSocial widgets has completed its incubation phase and gets top billing

The Apache Software Foundation has announced that social media
mashup engine Apache Rave has
graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project,
after impressing the open source foundation with its vision.

Apache Rave is a fledgling ‘open source social media mashup
platform’ which aims to provide easy-to-use infrastructures to
integrate social media standards, namely OpenSocial Widgets, W3
widgets, activity streams and more. Rave comprises a lightweight
Java framework with a Web 2.0 front end and is fairly customisable
and extendable across other platforms.

Apache Rave has come at just the right time too. Many Java
luminaries are expressing a desire for seamless integration with a
plethora of social media platforms, into a single enterprise
platform. This would then allow them to scale it across a variety
of different platforms such as social intranets and
multi-channel social communities. By choosing an out of the box
approach, developers can theoretically use Rave as a blank canvas
and extend to their heart’s content

Apache Rave was created through the union of developers of
several projects dedicated to the field – all of whom come into
Rave starting afresh with a new codebase for this project. Code
donations have come from The MITRE Corporation, Indiana University
Pervasive Technology Institute, SURFnet, OSS Watch, Hippo, and
numerous individual developers.

“Internet social platforms, such as Facebook, Google+, and
Twitter have shaped the expectations of today’s users; creating an
onslaught of demand for pervasive social integration within both
consumer and enterprise applications,” said Matthew B. Franklin,
Vice President of Apache Rave and Lead Software Engineer at The
MITRE Corporation.

“Developers today are constantly faced with the need to deliver
low-cost, scalable, modularized applications with deep-rooted
social capabilities. Apache Rave is the first open source project
chartered to deliver a lightweight, flexible, widget-based platform
to meet these demands.”

“Apache Rave takes the good bits from traditional Portals,
leaves out whatever made them so heavy-weight and adds modern web
technologies like OpenSocial, Widgets, Social Networking, Mobile
delivery and Content Services. Rave has already proven to be a
platform not to be underestimated. Hippo is proud to be an
initiator and participant of this project, and plans to make Rave
an integral part of its context-aware content delivery platform”,
said Ate Douma, Apache Rave incubating Champion and Chief Architect
for open source CMS vendor Hippo.

Having already produced numerous code releases since entering in
the Apache Incubator in March 2011, the ASF has chosen to give
Apache Rave its stripes, impressed with the solid work and
community fostered around it. The team are putting the finishing
touches to their first production ready release, v1.0, which is a
big nod to the project’s potential given that most projects don’t
get Top-Level status without a major version. In addition,
Apache Rave recently received an honorable mention in the 2011 Open
Source Rookies of the Year awards.

“We are pleased to have been a founding member of the Apache
Rave community and are excited for the future of the project. Rave
will be a cornerstone capability for our internal and external
users, and we look forward to the continued collaboration and
co-development with the community,” said Joel Jacobs, Chief
Information Officer, The MITRE Corporation.

With that production release round the corner, Apache Rave may
just be the starting point for improving broken social media


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