Apache's Java server delayed

If you've been waiting for Apache's Java server then be prepared to wait a little longer. On Friday Geir Magnusson Jr. announced that Apache's Java server will not come out on August 6, 2004. Instead it will come out later this quarter due to project difficulties.

The Apache Software Foundation's open-source project to build a Java application server has hit a bump.

The application server will miss its target date of Aug. 6 for writing of the code and certification testing of the software, Geir Magnusson Jr., the chair of the Geronimo project, said on Friday. But it should still be ready later in the same quarter, he added. The Geronimo project, launched a year ago by the Apache group, is working to create software that will run Web applications based the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) 1.4 specification. Once it has undergone J2EE certification, the application server will be made available for free under Apache's open-source license.

Geronimo will be the third open-source Java application server to be launched. The others are Jonas, from the ObjectWeb consortium, and JBoss, from the commercial company of the same name that sells services around its open-source software. Magnusson expects that these products will make a dent on the commercial market for Java application servers, also referred to as "containers." "The impact will be all over the map, from developers who want--for free--to work on and learn J2EE technology to small ISVs (independent software vendors) who want to get a container like Geronimo," Magnusson said.

News source: C|Net News.com

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