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Vert.x 2.0 arrival imminent

Chris Mayer

The asynchronous JVM framework looks set for a regeneration, following a long period of transition to the Eclipse Foundation.

After months of arduous work, JVM application framework Vert.x is almost ready for its Eclipse revival following the arrival of a second release candidate for 2.0.0.

Project lead Tim Fox detailed the numerous bug fixes in Vert.x 2.0.0 CR2, including substantial work on running Netty smoothly. Barring any serious issues with the candidate, Fox revealed that Vert.x 2.0 Final will be available next Monday (July 8).

The project, dubbed the JVM’s alternative to node.js, quickly became one of the most watched Github projects in 2012 for its fresh approach to application development. It hit the headlines back in January, when VMware, who led the early development of Vert.x, attempted to assert the project’s IP rights, as Fox had transferred to Red Hat.

Seeing the squabbling as detrimental to the community, Fox recommended housing the project at a neutral open source foundation to protect Vert.x’s future. After much discussion, the asynchronous framework found solace at the Eclipse Foundation, with Fox asserting that Eclipse’s “full service” and “business friendly” approach would be the best fit for the project.

The project has already made its mark on the Eclipse Foundation, whose decision to move all development trunks to GitHub was influenced by Vert.x’s example.

Of the features targeted for the next version last November, most appear to be present. Language support is now decentralise into optional modules, with each module having its own classloader. IDE integration with Eclipse and IntellliJ is much improved (“seamless” according to Fox in May), while the inclusion of Scala support is good to see. The addition of a Clojure module will have to wait, as none of the core Vert.x team have the desired skills to make it possible.

Vert.x’s main website has been given a fresh lick of paint ahead of its imminent arrival too. Vert.x’s binaries are available on Bintray, with all the official jars on Maven Central and modules on Github.

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