Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization that develops open source software under the Apache license, bringing together developers and volunteers from more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, announced last Wednesday the creation of Apache NetBeans as a high-level project (TLP).
Apache NetBeans is an open source development environment, tools platform, and application framework that enables Java programmers to create desktop, mobile, and web applications. The project was initially developed as part of a student project in 1996.
It was acquired and opened by Sun Microsystems in 2000. and then integrated with Oracle when it acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010.
NetBeans was hosted by Apache in October 2016. The Apache Incubator is the way to Projects and code bases that want to be part of the Apache Software Foundation efforts.
All code donations from external organizations and existing external projects seeking to become an Apache project or initiative enters through the incubator for two reasons.
- To ensure that all donations meet ASF legal standards
- Develop new communities that adhere to the guiding principles of the foundation.
The end of the incubation phase means that the project has managed to forge an active community and meet all the strict criteria defined by ASF.
"Being part of ASF means that NetBeans is no longer just open source software, but also, for the first time, a foundation specifically focused on building open governance" He said Geertjan Wielenga, vice president of Apache NetBeans
Each contributor to the project now has their say on the NetBeans roadmap and address. ANDThis is a new historical step and the community she's been up for this for a long time, the community blog post reads.
“With NetBeans management at Sun Microsystems and Oracle,
Apache NetBeans version 11.0 was released earlier this month on April 4. This is the third major version of the project since it entered the Apache Incubator.
The project recently won the 2018 Duke's Choice Award, a well-established industry award in the Java ecosystem. Many NetBeans users give their opinions and ratings on EDI.
"I'm really glad that the transition was so easy and that my 'NetBeans' became a full Apache Software Foundation project," said Jaroslav Tulach, NetBeans founder and architect.
“From the moment I first evaluated NetBeans for my classes at Dawson College and Concordia University, I realized that it was a unique tool.
In the following years, it never disappointed me as the best tool for education. I am even more excited to use it because it is a leading project within ASF »
said Ken Fogel, Chair of the Department of Information Technology at Dawson College. , in montreal.
And the benefits are ...
By becoming an Apache project, NetBeans tYou have the opportunity to receive more contributions from around the world.
“Apache is the perfect home for NetBeans, allowing its long list of historical contributors to stay engaged while opening a new phase in its evolution for newcomers.
As a member of the new Apache NetBeans Project Management Committee, I look forward to helping in any way possible, and I encourage the entire Java family to do the same, ”said Simon Phipps, current president of the Open Source Initiative.
For example, large organizations use NetBeans as an application framework for building internal or business applications and they are much more likely to contribute to NetBeans because it is part of ASF than a commercial company.
At the same time, individual Oracle contributors continue to work on Apache NetBeans within the global community of individual contributors, independent or otherwise.