Project Zero is in the house

Rational’s not the only one playing in the Open Commercial development space with their Jazz project. With very little fanfare, IBM’s Project Zero project has been launched

From the website wiki:

Zero complexity. Zero overhead. Zero obstacles.

Project Zero is an incubator project started within IBM that is focused on the agile development of the next generation of dynamic Web applications. Project Zero introduces a simple environment for creating, assembling and executing applications based on popular Web technologies. The Project Zero environment includes a scripting runtime for Groovy and PHP with application programming interfaces optimized for producing REST-style services, integration mash-ups and rich Web interfaces.

Project Zero is now being developed openly using a Community-Driven Commercial Development process. That is where you come in, so welcome!

How exciting!


3 thoughts on “Project Zero is in the house

  1. It’ll be interesting to see how much uptake there is given that it’s a commercial product really and not open source (hey, lets see how many people we can get to work for us for free!).
    Also I was interested to read this “Zero unnecessary overhead and complexity” and later say it supported JAVA. I guess it depends on what the meaning of “Zero unnecessary overhead and complexity” is really though doesn’t it.

  2. Yeah, I’m not sure I get “open commercial software” just yet. We want a community, but we want a community of paying customers? And how does the support paradigm change? How do we manage the knowledge base? These are all going to be exciting areas to explore…. breaking new ground.

    I guess they could have done it in Ruby on Rails (THAT would be cool), but then would experience the same scaling issues as Twitter. 😦

  3. hey kelly!
    interesting to see first reactions. 🙂 i’d love to comment on a couple of ideas mentioned here…
    we want a community. period. no paying. it’s just licensed, that’s all.
    support will be an organic output of our community. we’ll learn what works and what doesn’t together. in the open.

    java? well yeah. a bunch of folks use java after all. but we’re primarily about scripting. that’s where groovy and php come in.

    ruby? maybe… time will tell.

    and when we talk about reducing complexity, we’re talking about the server. the web1.0 paradigm. state. long-running processes. etc. we’re here to simplify all of that. using REST. the application is now the server. the web as the platform.

    let’s see where it takes us.

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