AppFuse News: GitHub, Hibernate Search and The Future

It's been a while since I've written anything about AppFuse, but since the project has had quite a bit of activity lately, now seems like a good time.

GitHub
First of all, we moved the source code from java.net to GitHub way back in June. Thanks to Serge for helping with this process and making it quick and painless. For some reason, shortly after moving, we started having quite a few build issues with Bamboo. I was able to diagnose the problem as not enough memory on our server. Thankfully, Contegix was able to add another 2GB of RAM to our box and get everything back up-to-snuff.

New Committer: J. Garcia
J. Garcia has been a regular voice on the users and developers mailing list for several months. He's recently started contributing a lot of patches in JIRA and seems genuinely interested in the success of AppFuse. That's why we voted and added him as a committer. To prove this was a smart move, he recently replaced Compass with Hibernate Search and upgraded to Hibernate 4. As part of this work, he removed iBATIS support, which brings me to my next point.

The Future
In mid-August, I sent an email to the community, asking them "Anyone using iBATIS?"

I'm thinking of replacing AppFuse's Data Tier with Spring Data, especially because it has NoSQL and REST support. There's a good intro on InfoQ today:

http://www.infoq.com/articles/spring-data-intro

Does anyone see an issue with this? The lack of iBATIS support could be an issue, but I doubt it since if we wanted to continue supporting it, we should move to MyBATIS.

Everyone agreed this was a good idea and it seemed like a logical time to remove iBATIS support. In addition, I posted a roadmap I jotted down in early May. Since we've missed all the dates so far, I've removed them from the listing below. We hope to get 1-2 releases done by the end of this year, with 2.2 in the next 2-3 weeks.

2.2
Hibernate 4
Hibernate Search
Bootstrap
H5BP

2.3
AMP for all light modules
Wicket
PrimeFaces

2.4
JSR 303 (might require removing or developing client-side support)
Mockito instead of jMock/EasyMock

2.5
AMP one-to-many
Spring Data
MyBatis (if there's interest in adding it back in)

2.6
wro4j for concatenation and minimizing JS and CSS
pjax - https://github.com/defunkt/jquery-pjax

2.7
Scala example
Gradle example
Article about examples

3.0
GWT

Maven Central Statistics
To prove there's still a fair amount of folks using AppFuse, here's some statistic from Sonatype's OSS Repository Hosting Service.

AppFuse Downloads

From this screenshot, you can see that AppFuse artifacts are downloaded around 7,000 times per month. The following graph is even more interesting. Apparently, around 3,000 new projects are created with AppFuse archetypes each month.

AppFuse Archetype Downloads

The AppFuse Name
Finally, I recently discovered that ShoreTel decided to name a new product AppFuse. I guess this signifies two things: 1) it's a good name for a product and 2) someone didn't do their research before naming it. At this point, I'm not too concerned, but it is an interesting development.

Posted in Java at Sep 25 2012, 10:42:14 AM MDT 5 Comments
Comments:

Have you registered the trademark "AppFuse"? It's about $700 I think. I would do it. Even if someone else uses the name and it's not a really good decision marketing-wise, it still seems messy to me. How about crowd-funding? Put out a request for say $10 on the AppFuse users list to pay for the trademark and I bet it could happen that way.

Posted by David Whitehurst on September 26, 2012 at 03:07 PM MDT #

Hey David - that's a good idea. I just checked on LegalZoom and it looks like I can do it for around $500.

Posted by Matt Raible on September 26, 2012 at 03:24 PM MDT #

Go for it! Appfuse is definitely a trademark! ;)

Posted by Flávio Oliva on September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM MDT #

Wow Matt it has been a while since I heard anything about AppFuse; but I'm glad to hear you plan to add Big Data support! What Big Data support were you planning on adding?

Posted by Andrew J. Leer on October 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM MDT #

Looks like plenty of projects are still being created with AppFuse, so getting the trademark is definitely worth the investment. $500 isn't a bad price at all.

Posted by Kelby Zorgdrager on October 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM MDT #

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