I have learned a sad news. John Zimmerman, who conceived and led the Java Advanced Imaging (JAI), died last Wednesday, February 9th at the age of 58 from kidney cancer. John left Sun Microsystems in 2004. At the time of John’s tenure at Sun Microsystems, the JAI support group was the best group at Sun that cared a lot about its users responding quickly and clearly to all questions. JAI, a well designed and very powerful Java library for image processing, is a trace John left behind. JAI was/is used in many industries from space to drug research. John will be largely missed.
Jan 10, 2011 (Update): Oracle might have incorrectly migrated OpenESB to Project Kenai. Hope to get some updates. Stay tuned.
Jan 11, 2010 (Update): I take a lot of what said below back. OpenESB has migrated to Project Kenai at a new location.
Recently I noticed a spike of hits to my blog in search for OpenESB information. The reason is simple. It looks like Oracle quietly killed OpenESB as part of its Project Kenai reorganization. Even though the move was quiet, it was blatant. Now it is impossible even to download the last version of OpenESB, even get the source code. The project is gone. I would understand Oracle’s reluctance to invest into OpenESB, but I did not expect the existing versions would not be available any longer. I feel very bad for those who used OpenESB in production environments.
But this action raises more concerns. This is a precedent how other open source projects either led by Oracle or led by Oracle can be killed with little or no warning. This action is a warning sign to those who is using Oracle open source products and care about business continuity.
Those who want to do something are welcome to join a LinkedIn group for OpenESB enthusiasts
I did not expect any good news about OpenESB. So I missed one. There will be an OpenESB Summit in Brussels on October 4-5, 2010.
The project governance is in the agenda. While it sounds like very encouraging, if you dig deeper in this news, you would likely get cautious for a couple of reasons. First, you cannot connect to the registration site. Second, the domain ‘openesbcommunity.org’ does not exist.
If you use OpenESB, raise your voice, even if you do not plan to attend the summit. I hope this is a good news for Project Fuji.
After Oracle’s acquisition of Sun Microsystems and looking how Sun’s open-source projects get abandoned, I started to think that NetBeans has the similar future. Today I found it may not be the case. NetBeans assigned a bug I submitted more than … 6 years ago. It was submitted for version 3.6 (current version 6.9). I want to take it as a good sign that Oracle started committing resources to Sun’s open-source projects.
My desktop got frozen and I had to restart it. After the restart I could not start Eclipse with my workspace, although it could start with newly created workspaces. I tried this (with the right link to the Restorer). Nothing worked (the Restorer did not even start). Here is the solution that worked for me. Delete “.snap” file under “C:\path\myworkspace\.metadata\.plugins\org.eclipse.core.resources” (where C:\path\myworkspace is an example of a path to the workspace) and start Eclipse with your workspace.
Note: This worked for version 3.5.2.
Are you still wondering what will happen to open source projects led by Sun Microsystems after the acquisition by Oracle? Here is a real story about OpenSolaris. But OpenSolaris has at least a governing body. Other Sun’s projects like OpenESB have governance processes, but there are no governing bodies or they are disfunctional.