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Red Hat And Exadel Partner To Bring Rich Eveloper Tools

Red Hat today announced a strategic partnership that will add mature, Eclipse-based developer tools for building service-oriented architecture (SOA) and rich, Web 2.0 applications to Red Hat's integrated platform, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. This move marks the first time that a high caliber set of Eclipse-based developer tools will be available in open source.

Exadel will open source all of its products, including Exadel Studio Pro and RichFaces, as well as consolidate its Ajax4jsf project under JBoss.org, the community behind open source projects that roll up into JBoss Enterprise Middleware. In turn, Red Hat will work jointly with Exadel to drive development of the projects and their integration with JBoss platform technologies such as JBoss Seam. Hibernate and JBoss Seam founder Gavin King will take a prominent role in leading the direction of the new projects within JBoss.org.

"Exadel's software contribution is a great asset to the open source community and rounds out our JBoss Enterprise Middleware platform with field-proven developer tools that enhance productivity and simplify development on JBoss", said Sacha Labourey, CTO of Red Hat's JBoss Division. "Exadel has done an admirable job bringing its tools to this level of maturity and functionality for developers. Red Hat is excited to help take on the future development of these projects and augment them with our platform technologies. This will create a powerful framework that makes SOA and Web 2.0 strategies even simpler, more open, and more affordable for the mass market."

Exadel Studio Pro provides an advanced Web development environment that allows developers to work with multiple frameworks within a single environment. RichFaces and Ajax4jsf offer powerful yet simple models for building rich Internet and Web 2.0 applications. By combining Exadel's developer tools with JBoss Enterprise Middleware, Red Hat offers a complete development and deployment platform that enables programmers to assemble SOA components and Web 2.0 applications with dramatically less coding increasing productivity, accelerating time to market, and reducing development and run-time errors.

"With its active JBoss.org community, complementary projects, established brand, and ability to bring to market enterprise open source software, Red Hat has what it takes to help Exadel move its development tools forward", said Fima Katz, CEO of Exadel. "JBoss.org has the leadership and commitment to innovation that will help catapult Exadel Studio, RichFaces, and Ajax4jsf into a leading tools suite. Integration with JBoss Enterprise Middleware will only bolster the strength of our tools."

RichFaces and Ajax4jsf are immediately available today as JBoss RichFaces and JBoss Ajax4jsf, respectively, on JBoss.org under the LGPL license. Red Hat is currently working to open source Exadel Studio Pro as Red Hat Developer Studio under a GPL-based license. Availability for Red Hat Developer Studio is planned for the first half of this year.



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