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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

GIGASPACES Launches Developer Community Site OPENSPACES.ORG

image GigaSpaces Technologies announced it has launched OpenSpaces.org, a community web site for developers who wish to utilize and contribute to the open source OpenSpaces development framework. The tools provided on the web site include the ability to upload, review and download code; bug tracking, forums and more.

OpenSpaces extends the popular Spring Framework for enterprise Java development, and leverages the GigaSpaces eXtreme Application Platform (XAP) for data caching, messaging and as the container for application business logic. It is designed for building highly-available, scale-out applications in distributed environments, such as SOA, cloud computing, grids and commodity servers. OpenSpaces is widely used in a variety of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and retail -- and across the web in e-commerce, Web 2.0 applications such as social networking sites, search and more.

"Opening up our software empowers developers and it has been remarkable to see the creative ways in which they are using and extending the OpenSpaces framework," said Nati Shalom, founder and chief technology officer of GigaSpaces. "The OpenSpaces.org website will provide the developer community with even better access and tools for working with the OpenSpaces framework and GigaSpaces products."

OpenSpaces.org already lists more than two dozen projects submitted by the developer community, including GigaSpaces customers, partners and employees. Innovative projects include an instant messaging platform, integration with PHP, configuration via JRuby, an implementation of Spring Batch and a scalable dynamic RSS feed delivery system.

GigaSpaces is dedicated to creating developer-centric initiatives and recently announced the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge, a developer competition with $25,000 in total prizes and a $10,000 grand prize. The prizes will be awarded to the most innovative applications built using the OpenSpaces framework or plug-ins that extend it. The Challenge deadline is April 2, 2008 and ?early bird? prizes are available for those who submit their concepts by February 13, 2008. Additional information about the Challenge can be found at:


The launch of OpenSpaces.Org and the OpenSpaces Developer Challenge are two of the latest programs created by GigaSpaces to engage and contribute to the developer community. Additionally, in November of 2007 GigaSpaces launched its Start-Up Program, which provides free software licenses for qualifying individuals and companies.

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