WELCOME: Railo goes Open Source on JBoss.org June 5, 2008Posted by Sacha in JBoss.
I am very happy to welcome Railo as part of the (growing!) JBoss.org community.
Railo announced today at the “Scotch on the Rocks 2008″ conference in Edinburgh its plans to release an open source version of the Railo CFML® engine hosted at JBoss.org (under the LGPL license). The codebase should be fully open sourced by the end of 2008 at the latest and will be available for download from the JBoss.org community website. Just to make it clear, they are not going to open source just a “baby edition”. Instead, they will open source the complete codebase except a few components they are licensing from a thirdparty (such as the PDF generation and their online admin console) and which cannot be open sourced.
For the EE-monomaniacs, let me share more about CFML®. CFML® (ColdFusion Markup Language) is a scripting language based on standard HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) that is used to write dynamic Web pages. Railo is a CFML® engine that converts CFML® code into executable Java bytecode, which can be run on JBoss (as well as other environments). This provides programmers the well-known productivity of CFML® development with the high performance and scalability of the Java and JBoss runtime environments.
But the teams won’t just stop there. Railo and the JBoss.org community will be working on several enhancements to provide CFML® developers tag-based access to some core services available in JBoss AS today, including JBoss Cache, Hibernate and JBoss Messaging. This is a great opportunity for the massive CFML® developer community to extend their possibilities beyond the traditional CFML® environment: it gives this community access to our complete enterprise feature set (best transaction monitor, security, SSO, etc.) as well as a direct access to our SOA products (JBoss Rules, jBPM, JBoss ESB, etc.) or even our JSLEE/SIP server!
There is like a fresh breeze blowing through the CFML® community today :)
P.S.: Next week, JBoss.org will feature a video interview of Gert Franz (CEO and founder of Railo) and Luc Texier (JBoss EMEA+APAC Support Lead – ex-CFML programmer).
Addenda: I’ve posted a follow-up blog entry on that very topic…