Team $$$ Efficiency Through Modularity

Any veteran developer knows that integration and maintenence is where all the time and money goes, writing a simple module can be a few days work once the requirements, interfaces, and dependencies are set in stone. Modularity (OSGi) promises to eliminate much of that cost, by never fully integrating a module into the rest of the code base. Every module stands on it's own, lives in it's own classpath, and develops in it's own tested, versioned process. Read more »

Compact, Helpful, Well Produced - All in One Place

OSGI isn't just a technology, it's a different way to think, a different kind of design. It can be a real trick to get one's head around. This screencast from SpringSource might help. Read more »

... from the "Can't We All Just Get Along?" department, you may feel as I do... You want to be lazy where you can, and let these specific Java tools do your work for you. 

And of course, you want it to happen without them fighting each other, and without keeping multiple layers of duplicate metadata synched up in pom.xml, MANIFEST.MF, and gosh knows what other files. In other words, you want DRY.

Sounds great huh? Consider Tycho, if that's your situation. This is Sonatype's work in progress, which neither supports nor fights Spring OSGI, and lets you use the MANIFEST.MF file as your configuration instead of your pom.xml. Even works with p2, if that's you thing.

So I decided to take it for a spin, even though it isn't supposed to be ready yet. Read more »

Finding myself being in the strange position of being a "supporter" or enthusiast for a specific software shop. Mr Anti-Brand goes against pattern?

Well, maybe being a brand enthusiast is an anti-pattern for me personally, but it keeps on making sense for our little shop, regardless. At least in this one situation. Read more »

From Gosling (March 17 2010)

James Gosling is quoted in this article in the ServerSide to have described the features of JEE 6 centering around the modularity that comes from the use of OSGI Blueprints.

He's presented as being pretty positive on the whole affair.

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