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VMware offloads visual Java tool Wavemaker to Pramati

Chris Mayer
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With SpringSource and Cloud Foundry technologies finding a new home at Pivotal, Wavemaker is shown the door.

VMware have sold Wavemaker to Hyderabad software firm
Pramati, just two years on from acquiring
the visual Java tool for developing Spring-like cloud
applications.

The deal sees Pramati acquire “certain assets”
of the rapid application development platform “that will be used to
grow and enhance Pramati’s cloud-based Java development
capabilities”. Pramati’s president Vijay Pullur
told
The Register
that this includes core
technologies, its customer base and Wavemaker-related
trademarks.

VMware purchased the platform in March
2011 for an undisclosed sum, seeing a
good fit with the Spring framework, given that Wavemaker was
created using the Spring programming model. SpringSource creator
Rod Johnson
remarked at the time
:

I’ve always believed that we should eventually
provide Spring-based technology to enable less technical users to
build such applications, increasing the value of the Spring
platform and enabling many business problems to be solved most
cheaply.

Done right, such automation can even benefit
professional developers, for certain classes of application. Enter
WaveMaker.

Providing a graphical interface, Wavemaker promised to
reduce the work needed to create a Java web application for the
cloud. The tool has garnered a 35,000-strong community behind it
mainly by drawing in novice developers looking for a simple
drag-and-drop assembly process for applications. This doesn’t mean
it hasn’t gained admirers in the enterprise though. Macy’s for
example have used the tool to build a front-end for its internal
reporting systems, so any Macy’s employee can use it.

With the newly-formed Pivotal banking on big
data and cloud technologies, as well as becoming the home for many
SpringSource projects, Wavemaker was a bit of a misfit. As VMware
look to offload non-essential assets, a sale was always on the
cards and this deal should benefit the community.

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