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

Chris Mayer
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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 connections.

 

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