Apache iBATIS moved to Google Code
Apache iBATIS creator Clinton Begin has announced that his data mapper will be forked and its entire core development team will move to using Google Code project hosting. Begin says that the move "is a big decision and a lot of work" and cites a "limited ability to benefit" from new developments in source control, social networking and open source infrastructure as the reason for leaving the umbrella of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), where iBATIS has been for the past six years. He hopes that the move will bring a lighter process, more frequent releases, modernised tools and more community involvement to the project.
The new data mapper framework forks for Java and .NET will be called MyBatis and MyBatis.NET. The licence will not change and all existing iBATIS code should be fully compatible with the forks. Begin notes none of the Apache resources will be deleted "any time soon" and that the project, "if or when it becomes stale", will be archived in the Apache Attic, where Apache projects are placed for preservation.
More details about the move can be found in the mailing list announcement. The latest 3.0.1 build of MyBatis is available from Google Code. MyBatis is released under version 2.0 of the Apache Licence.