Oracle Sending Java EE and Glassfish to Eclipse

Wednesday Sep 20th 2017 by Sean Michael Kerner
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Oracle once again leans on the Eclipse Foundation to make its open-source contributions.

Oracle has found a familiar home for its Java Enterprise Edition and Glassfish server technologies. That home is the Eclipse Foundation, which is home to the eponymous Eclipse Java IDE.

Oracle first announced its intention to spin out JavaEE with a new open-source governance model in August in a bid to help foster project development. The move to Eclipse is being back by both IBM and Red Hat, both whom are large contributors to Java EE and have their own respective Java middleware businesses as well.

"After careful review, we have selected the Eclipse Foundation as the foundation that we will work with going forward," David Delabassee, software evangelist at Oracle wrote in a blog post. "The Eclipse Foundation has strong experience and involvement with Java EE and related technologies. "

Among the Java projects already at the Eclipse Foundation is MicroProfile effort that is a micro-service approach for using Java, first proposed by Red Hat in June 2016.

"Oracle’s announcement to move Java EE to an Open Source foundation has already begun to energize the community, offering the opportunity to more quickly evolve the platform to meet modern workloads," Rich Sharples, Senior Director of Product Management, Red Hat, wrote in a blog post. "Eclipse already hosts many projects of a similar size and complexity as Java EE, and we’re confident that the many years of experience and expertise the Eclipse Foundation has with other Java technologies ensures that this will be a successful move."

The Eclipse Foundation is also a home to multiple other open-source efforts donated by Oracle. In September 2016, Oracle donated its Hudson continuous integration tool to Eclipse. The widely used Jenkins CI/CD platform is a fork of Hudson.

Oracle has also contributed projects to The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) including the NetBeans Java IDE and OpenOffice office tools suite.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseAppsToday and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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