Is OpenESB dead?
Jan 11, 2011 (Update): OpenESB has migrated to Project Kenai at a new location.
I decided to check to see if there are any good news from NetBeans and other Sun’s J2EE open-source projects.
On the positive side, on May 3rd, 2010, NetBeans announced the beta release of NetBeans IDE 6.9. One of the key features is indeed OSGi interoperability. The final release is planned for June 2010. On the negative side, there is no news on the dropped plug-ins for UML and SOA. I wrote already why Woodstock was dropped.
According to a comment in my blog, development of the SOA plug-in went from NetBeans to the OpenESB project (a.k.a. GlassFish ESB). It was expected to be relased with OpenESB v2.3. Although, I have not found any traces of any NetBeans plug-ins under v2.3 code. The last version (v2.2) was released on January 6, 2010, before Oracle closed the transaction to acquire Sun.
Project Fuji, which is the OpenESB v3, is expected to run on GlassFish v3 and be packaged as an OCGi bundle. This project has been quiet for about 2 months now, but it does have plug-ins not only for NetBeans, but for Eclipse as well (at least in the source code).
GlassFish v3.0.1 supporting OSGi was released in December 2009 and Oracle committed to v3.1, but did not elaborate on exact timelines. The project is active.
With regard to SOA development, right now it looks to me that Apache ServiceMix has brighter future than OpenESB does among JSR-208 compliant open-source projects. It is being actively developed. At the same time, there are no tools like NetBeans SOA plug-in to support development. Eclipse SOA is lagging. Still I do not understand why NetBeans quit that niche…
Update September 24, 2010: See some good news here.