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JBoss App Server Project Renamed WildFly

The first alpha build of WildFly is slated to be available in May as a free community downloadable project

The JBoss Application Server project has been succeeded by widgetry called WildFly described as both a brand refresh and a renewal of Red Hat's determination to drive the next generation of application server technologies.

The name was chosen by members of the open source community on JBoss.org during a special election late last year.

Red Hat says it's supposed to address some of the key forces shaping middleware today, including the shift toward more flexible and modern approaches to application development, open hybrid cloud enablement and Java Enterprise Edition 7 (Java EE 7).

It's also supposed to be a significant opportunity for wider community adoption and involvement.

The first iteration of the project, WildFly 8, is focused on earning rapid certification of the Java EE 7 specification, which is supposed to mean simplicity, standardization and embeddability for both cloud and mobile development scenarios.

Red Hat has already demonstrated a number of projects, including JBoss Application Server 7 and Infinispan, running on Raspberry Pi, plug computers and mobile phones.

The Java EE 7 specification includes WebSockets and improvements to Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI).

Over time, plans call for WildFly to incorporate and support the pillars of the technological vision of the JBoss Community: compelling functionality for polyglot programming, broad developer ecosystems and the ability to operate in hybrid cloud environments.

The first alpha build of WildFly is slated to be available in May as a free community downloadable project.

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