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Interview with Bill Pataky, Vice President of Mobile Development Program and Developer Tools at Oracle

Oracle developers will be involved in at least two Apache NetBeans releases

Gabriela Motroc
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Bill Pataky

NetBeans is leaving Oracle behind in the hope that a change of scenery will help boost the number of contributions from various organizations. After talking to a few members of the NetBeans Dream Team about Oracle’s decision to donate NetBeans to the Apache Foundation, it is time to allow Oracle to explain how they reached the conclusion that NetBeans should be donated to the Apache Foundation and what’s next for Apache NetBeans.

We invited a group of NetBeans Dream Team members to weigh in on the proposal to move NetBeans to Apache and to paint a picture of the new NetBeans which resides under the umbrella of Apache as opposed to the old one which called Oracle home. Now it’s time to allow Bill Pataky, Vice President of Mobile Development Program and Developer Tools at Oracle to explain how they reached the conclusion that NetBeans should be donated to the Apache Foundation and what’s next for Apache NetBeans. 

 

JAXenter: What is your take on Oracle’s decision to donate NetBeans to the Apache Foundation? Was it a good idea? A necessary step?

Bill Pataky: As one of the people within Oracle that made this happen, I am very pleased that the Apache Foundation has accepted the NetBeans project into incubation. The NetBeans governance model was set up before many of today’s users were born and it was time for an update. The open source community has evolved significantly since Sun Microsystems set up the old governance model and we think that the Apache model should allow for organic growth and much broader participation from the community.

JAXenter: In your opinion, how should NetBeans evolve as part of the Apache universe?

Bill Pataky: The NetBeans strategy has been to keep up with the JDK releases while evolving with the needs of the developer community.  In addition to its Java roots, it has become one of the best tools for JavaScript development and I’m hoping NetBeans will continue to grow and evolve with the needs of the community well into the future.

JAXenter: How important is NetBeans for Oracle right now? 

Bill Pataky: Oracle has a number of key products that depend on NetBeans.

  • Oracle Developer Studio, our commercial C, C++, Fortran and Java development environment is 100% based on NetBeans
  • Oracle JDeveloper, our end-to-end development for Oracle’s technology stack takes major subsystems from NetBeans
  • Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit, our modular, open source toolkit based on modern JavaScript, CSS3 and HTML5 design and development principles uses NetBeans as its preferred IDE

JAXenter: 
What are the next steps? How will NetBeans be immersed into the Apache universe?

Bill Pataky: On October 1, 2016, the Apache voting process completed and accepted NetBeans into the Apache Incubator as a podling. At the end of this process, we expect NetBeans to become an official Apache Project. The process is very well documented at http://incubator.apache.org/incubation/Process_Description.html


JAXenter: How does Oracle intend to participate in Apache NetBeans? What resources does it offer?

Bill Pataky: While in the incubator, individuals are signing the Apache ICLA (Individual Contributor License Agreement) and we are working with Apache to get the licensing details and infrastructure worked out. Oracle has 26 developers registered as committers at Apache and we expect this number to grow. As to how long we will continue to staff the project, we can say at least two releases which is as far as our planning horizon goes at this point.

Thank you very much!

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Gabriela Motroc
Gabriela Motroc is an online editor for JAXenter.com. Before working at S&S Media she studied International Communication Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences.

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