VMware's SpringSource has acquired WaveMaker
VMware's SpringSource has acquired the graphical web development tool WaveMaker. Rod Johnson, General Manager of the SpringSource product division explained in a blog posting that WaveMaker, which enables quick web application development by non-expert developers, "will now become an integral part of the Spring family and VMware’s cloud strategy." Johnson noted that the first Spring adopters were all advanced programmers with a thorough understanding of earlier EJB technology but that these were followed later by "mainstream business application developers focused on implementing business requirements, without specialist knowledge of infrastructure".
WaveMaker is expected to address the needs of this next phase, in which applications will be written by non-experts – Johnson gives the analogy of business people creating Excel spreadsheets to fulfil business functions, such as in the financial services industry and points out that "Particularly in the case of web applications, many solutions can be delivered or pulled together from other components by business developers—dashboards, for example".
In the WaveMaker news pages, CEO of WaveMaker Christopher Keene, said that when development of WaveMaker started over three years ago, the developers had chosen SpringSource's Spring framework as their foundation. WaveMaker works with operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS X or Linux derivatives such as Red Hat and Ubuntu, and supports databases including MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server. WaveMaker Community Edition is available to download and use under the Apache Licence. WaveMaker also offer a commercial Enterprise Edition with more functionality.