Well folks, it's here.
After a little over 9 months in incubation, IBM's Project Zero has now been announced to the world as WebSphere sMash. What does this mean? How will this affect the community? I'll get to that. But first, for those of you who don't know about what we have been doing with Project Zero, let me give you a little information.
WebSphere sMash is all about time to value. Using sMash, customers can very quickly build an application to answer a particular need very quickly using both dynamic scripting as well as technologies such as RSS and REST. A good example of this power was in the demo we ran in the keynote address on Wednesday morning with Jerry Cuomo (I'm trying to get a video I can post here). With just a few (literally about 3) lines of code, we were able to take an ordinary WebSphere Commerce page listing cell phones and tie it to cnet product reviews of those phones. Another example would be using sMash to build widgets (using iWidget spec) which can then be used in a product such as Lotus Mashups. At the risk of re-hashing information that has already been stated, please see projectzero.org for more information or view one of the more than 20 articles and tuturials available on developerWorks.
Now let's get to the question of the hour. What does this product announcement mean for the Project Zero community? First of all, let me assure you that Project Zero is here to stay. We are not closing the community or making the product a fee-only offering. ProjectZero.org will continue to live as the development community and will be the frequently built code with the latest features and fixes. Along with that, we will be offering two new WebSphere branded products. WebSphere sMash Developers Edition will be the stable release of both the tooling (including the new browser-based development environment) as well as the runtime. The only difference between Project Zero and WebSphere sMash will be in the build level of the code.
WebSphere sMash will be the retail offering. Like WebSphere sMash Developer Edition, it will be based on a stable build of Project Zero, and will offer companies a runtime they can deploy without the restrictions of the Project Zero and WebSphere sMash Developer Edition licenses.
This is an exciting time for those of us on the Smash as well as the tens-of-thousands of you who have visited or joined our community. Stay tuned for more in the coming months!
Project Zero and WebSphere sMash
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