Apache ditches Beehive open source project

The Java programming model effort derived from BEA technology suffered from a slowdown in contributions


Beehive, an Apache Software Foundation open source project providing a Java programming  model, has been retired due to inactivity, the foundation said on Wednesday.

Based on the former BEA Weblogic Workshop development tool runtime, Beehive was built on J2EE and the Struts Java Web framework. It used annotations to reduce coding.

"It's a project that had been at Apache for several years," said Eddie O'Neil, project management committee chair for the Beehive project.

"Over time, the rate of contributions to the project declined, and it just slowed down and we didn't do any more releases of it," O'Neil said.

The project has been moved to The Apache Attic, where discontinued projects go.  "The project got more mature, and it just kind of finished," said O'Neil. "The technology's still available."

Oracle acquired BEA in 2008. But the acquisition had no bearing on the discontinuance of the project, O'Neil said. Beehive already had been fairly inactive prior to the deal, he said.

Apache is suggesting alternatives to Beehive technologies. Beehive NetUI/Page Flow users can switch to Struts 2 or Spring Web Flow while Beehive Controls users can move to Spring Beans. Users of Beehive WSM (web service metadata) can switch to Axis2's implementation of Java Specification Request 181, which is entitled, "Web Services Metadata for the Java Platform."

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