Rumor: Apple Plans Open Source WebObjects

Note This is a Rumor

Apple may plan to open source its powerful WebObjects application next year. Citing 'insiders', a report on ThinkSecret claims that version 5.4 of the application will see much of the solutions code released to the open source community.

WebObjects is a Java-based application-server and builder for web publishing and internal application building. It's often used for ecommerce applications, and can even produce pure Java applications that can be run on non-Mac platforms. It is used to drive Apple's website, its online store and the iTunes Music Store. Despite its importance, the development team has allegedly now been reduced to just four staff, the report claims.

The company has no intention of ending support for the technology, which it bought when it acquired Next software. The report explains that the company is modernising the software, implementing improved performance and better Java support.

News source: Macworld UK

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