appjet.jar: platform in a jar

platform in a jar

platform in a jar

appjet.jar contains all the software you need to host AppJet apps yourself, including the web server, database, and AppJet native libraries.

We have received feedback from some users who worry that apps written on appjet.com are locked in to AppJet hosting forever.  It was never part of our strategy to monopolize hosting of AppJet apps.  On hosting, we think we can compete fairly because our extremely efficient virtualization system gives us an edge.  In any case, lock-in is no longer an issue with AppJet.

This release raises other questions as well:  Is appjet.jar a useful product on its own (without the AppJet hosting and online IDE)?  Should we start an open-source project around this distribution so our users can help make AppJet better?  Would people be interested in building more “serious” apps using this, and with some improvement, could AppJet be preferable to other solutions such as PHP or Django?

We of course have our own ideas about these questions, but yours are much more interesting to us.  So what do you think?  Leave a comment on this blog post or in the forum.

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4 Responses to appjet.jar: platform in a jar

  1. jpick says:

    I’m currently in the process of researching/evaluating the server-side “cloud” JavaScript solutions out there – eg. Aptana Cloud/Jaxer, 10gen, Reasonably Smart. And there’s a million interesting open source projects like Helma and CouchDB using JavaScript on the server-side. It’s not too hard to roll-your-own with all the new engines coming out, and there are an awful lot of frameworks coming online.

    You can bet that Google is doing something cloud-like in order to support their OpenSocial/Google Gadgets initiatives, perhaps using Caja and Rhino-on-Rails integrated with AppEngine and V8. MySpace is going to use Caja too, which I think is very interesting…

    At this point, JavaScript is pretty much guaranteed to be one of the main implementation languages of choice for RESTful services running in the cloud (alongside Python and Ruby) – all backed up by exotic distributed databases and datastores. It’s going to be central to a multi-billion dollar market, but only a few frameworks are likely to win out.

    I’m biased towards investing my time in things that are open-sourced. As for AppJet’s business model, I imagine that it is possible to build a tight little community of developers and a hosting business without going open-source, and just grow organically. I do like the emphasis on user tutorials targetting neophyte programmers.

    But consider that Google, Facebook, MySpace, Microsoft, etc. already have millions of users, and are moving in the same space (social networks, apps for individuals users). Plus, there’s a lot of similar activity in the enterprise datacenter cloud/PaaS space. For an early-stage startup, it’s quite difficult to play all those spaces simultaneously — unless you are using an open-source strategy.

    So I vote for Open Source! 🙂

  2. aaroniba says:

    jpick: absolutely. We already release the source to our minimal “framework”. As we invest more in server-side javascript, you an expect more open-source releases from us.

  3. […] also released appjet.jar when they discontinued the general server-side Javascript platform earlier this year. […]

  4. […] also released appjet.jar when they discontinued the general server-side Javascript platform earlier this year. […]

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