With two and a half years slow and measured work behind it, it’s not an exaggeration to call Java’s development conservative when compared to languages like Scala, which are driven by thousands of commiters in gazelle-esque leaps. And whilst Java gently ticks along, the ecosystem around it shoots up at a rate of knots. But it’s not just language developments that matter to us at JAX. It’s also the amazing innovations and products that support you, whatever your code of choice.

On this front the RebelLabs recent look into the most popular tools and technologies on the scene offered plenty of food for thought. Continuous Integration is clearly becoming more of a norm across the board, with a 10 percent uplift in respondents from the previous year. Another growing priority in the sector is that of API management.

In this issue, Kai Wähner examines the ways in which “Open API” represents the cutting edge of a new business model, presenting new routes for expanding branding value and paths to market, as well as modelling new value chains for intellectual property. In this article, Kai also discusses the components and architecture of API Management solutions and compares different API management products, and how these products complement other middleware software.

Elsewhere, we’ve got an interview with Eclipse project Flux contributor Martin Lippert, who will be giving us the inside story on this innovative new effort to bridge the gap between the desktop bound and free-floating cloud IDE. Why are we stuck in a creative rut with this technology, and how are the lunar-crew attempting to mix things up? Continuing the Eclipse theme, we’ve also got insights on the foundation’s approach to long-term support, courtesy of Dr. Jutta Bindewald and Pat Huff. Find out how their open source principles inform their approach, and how they go about avoiding the shackles of vendor lock-in.

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