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Open Source Company JBoss Targets Management Platform

JBoss is Open Sourcing the Core Systems Management Agent in ON

JBoss, now a new division of Red Hat, is open sourcing the core systems management agent in its subscription-based Operations Network (ON) in the name of driving broader adoption and collaboration around its management platform and creating a broad enterprise management solution that extends across platforms and middleware. It's supposed to deliver a seamless management environment that works with any management system.

JBoss says Red Hat is working with other network and systems management vendors to ensure that management data can be shared with existing customer management installations. JBoss ON subscribers are also supposed to be able to leverage existing open source agents from projects such as Nagios.

As part of the strategy, JBoss will create blueprints, certification toolkits and methodologies that vendors can use to validate their extensions and plug into the management process currently used for JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS). Long term, it said, JBoss ON and the Red Hat Network will be brought together to form a unified and consistent management platform for customers using Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JEMS.

Meanwhile, JBoss also announced the general availability of its expected Seam 1.0, an application framework for Web 2.0 apps that unifies and integrates Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies such as AJAX, JavaServer Faces (JSF), Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0, Java portlets, business process management (BPM) and workflow to create an all-purposeful RAD and programming environment.

Designed to eliminate complexity at the architecture and API level, developers can use Seam to assemble complex web applications with simple annotated POJOs (plain old Java objects), componentized UI widgets and simple XML.

To do this, Seam extends the annotation-driven and configuration-by-exception programming model of EJB 3.0 into the entire web application stack.

JBoss says it bridges the artificial gap between EJB 3.0 and JSF in the Java EE 5.0 architecture so you get a unifying, tightly integrated application model that enables stateless, stateful, transactional and process-driven applications such as workflow and page flow.

Its simplicity is supposed to make for easy integration with other JBoss SOA technologies and Java Business Integration (JBI) in the future.

In Seam, everything is an EJB (a lightweight POJO with fine-grained annotations) and it embraces the Web 2.0 concept that the web is the platform, eliminating the distinction between presentation tier components and business logic components.

It is also supposed to eliminate almost all bugs created by the fact that Java EE applications implement state management manually.

Seam 1.0 is free for the download under the Lesser GPL and works with any application server that supports EJB 3.0.

(This story was published originally by Client Server News.)

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