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Friday, August 19, 2005

The British Open Source Connection?

James Strachan's blog: "Its been really busy in the open source world lately."

ServiceMix is lead at CodeHaus by James. He also is an Apache Member and one of the founders of the... Apache Geronimo project. Geronimo was first developed by a team at Core Developer's Network, then controlled by GlueCode. James was in this team. GlueCode was selling close source J2EE solutions. GlueCode has recently been sold to IBM. James worked with CDN. On Apache's web site, he is now listed as an employee of SpiritSoft, a provider of... close source ESB technologies.

CDN is located 27, Old Gloucester Street, London, UK. SpiritSoft UK headquarters are 78 Cannon Street. I don't live in London. But I tried Mappy to see how far these two locations were. Answer: less than 2 miles apart.

It's a small world!

PS: the little conspiracy theory plotted in this post obviously was a joke. As James put it: "most of the developers of Geronimo and ServiceMix are all in the US, not in Britain". The're no such thing as a British Open Source Connection. Sigh.

4 Comments:

  • At 5:00 PM, August 19, 2005, Blogger James Strachan said…

    Good post! :)

    A few corrections. Note that ServiceMix was feature complete before ObjectWeb's ESB had any code. So its not really reinventing the wheel, there was no JBI container available when ServiceMix started. Ditto there's no Spring based JCA or Spring remoting over JMS.

    I've not worked for SpiritSoft or CDN for years BTW so the location of offices is kinda irrelevant - most of the developers of Geronimo and ServiceMix are all in the US, not in Britain.

     
  • At 6:02 PM, August 19, 2005, Blogger Francois Letellier said…

    Hey James, nice to hear from you.

    Sorry you did not like my little "conspiracy theory". It was for laughs. The "British Connection" was a reference to the "French Connection" (M. Fleury is French, you know, and ObjectWeb was incepted in France).

    ServiceMix is probably a very good project, there's no denying it. You should talk to the Celtix guys, they know their stuff too!

     
  • At 6:57 PM, August 19, 2005, Blogger James Strachan said…

    Ah, I completely missed the reference - nicely done :)

    BTW don't worry, the Celtix and ServiceMix teams are working very closely together - with the Synapse team as well - to ensure we all reuse code and avoid reinventing wheels.

     
  • At 7:14 PM, August 19, 2005, Blogger Francois Letellier said…

    I was sure you were :)

     

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