What is SUNâ€™s official commitment to JDNC?
Hello Amy, Mark and Ramesh,
Congratulations for the JDNC project â€“ it looks very promising, and definitely fills a need!
But what is SUNâ€™s commitment to this initiative? Is it backed up by management to become an official product or is it just a trial to see whether anyone out there is interested and whether you can build up an open-source developer community?
In practice, what are the milestones and deliverables for the next year or so? How much man power does SUN allocate to this project? Are there plans to make JDNC an official extension to the Java Platform?
I saw the Feature Summary with plans for version 0.4 and 1.0, but it does not give any date for version 1.0 and has not been updated since June (JavaOne?).
Please understand, I am not asking these questions to be polemic or so; itâ€™s just that I need more information to make an important decision in a project I am in charge of.
I work at CERN, the European Lab for High-Energy Particle Physics located in Geneva (http://www.cern.ch). We use Java to build the control systems of the new HEP installations (including the 27 km circumference ring of the new Large Hadron Collider LHC). I am in charge of a project to provide a GUI platform for the development of all new GUIs.
Weâ€™ve been using the Netbeans platform for one year now, with mixed results. It does provide a lot of functionality and it is quite mature. However, our Swing programmers find the API very complex, and the applications are clumsy to debug and to deploy. JDNC looks much more suitable for them.
From a technical point of view, I am very tempted to change to JDNC, but from a managerial standpoint, I cannot make this commitment based on the information I have so far.
Many thanks in advance for your reply,
Dr. Vito Baggiolini