Monday, December 10, 2007

Red Hat unveils JBoss Developer Studio -- is it destined for an Amazon or IBM cloud?

Red Hat, Inc., Raleigh, NC, has finally released JBoss Developer Studio, an open-source Eclipse -based integrated development environment (IDE) that combines tooling with runtime.

Red Hat released the beta version for free download on last August and said that the final subscription version would be available "later this summer." Since the beta was made available, according to Red Hat, there have been over 50,000 downloads.

Designed to allow enterprises to be more agile and to respond more quickly to changing business requirements, Developer Studio eliminates the need to assemble IDEs. It's built on the Eclipse-based developer tools contributed to Red Hat by Exadel in March and introduced under open source in June, The Exadel products contributed to the project included Exadel Studio Pro, RichFaces, and Ajax4jsf.

JBoss Developer Studio incorporates Eclipse tooling, integrated JBoss Entrperise Application Platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for development use and full access to Red Hat Network. Also included are tooling for technologies, including JavaEE, JBoss Seam, Ajax, Hibernate, Persistence, JBoss jPBM, Struts, and Spring IDE.

Developer studio is available by subscription for $99.

On a modestly related note ...

You'll recall that Red Hat also made news when it announced its runtime-as-a-service on the Amazon EC2 cloud. Now ... I wonder, perhaps these tools could emerge as an IDE as a service placed up on Amazon, to deploy to RHEL runtime instances. Wow, could make a very cool combo.

Folks like Coghead and Bungee Labs are already making waves with development and deployment as a service. And Amazon ought to bringing tools -- not just platform -- through it's pay-as-you-drink hosting offerings sometime soon. Genuitec certainly has its eyes on this model, and is well-placed for it with MyEclipse.

So who will be the one to move their tools environment to the Amazon cloud first? Perhaps Amazon will offer several tools options, such as one for web apps and mashups, and another (or two) for Java development? You know you want to, Jeff.

I'd like to see a way for .NET developers to get such a Visual Studio-as-a-service (or open source Mono thing equivalent) up on Amazon EC2, to then force Microsoft Live to follow suit. Who needs tools licenses anymore then?

How about the IBM cloud? What tools might go well there? Can Sun Microsystems resist following suit with NetBeans-as-a-service? A New Hope.

Tools in the clouds. Luke, it is your destiny!

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