Jan Aleman, CEO of Servoy, said his company’s Web platform mixes the best of both worlds. “We’ve found a good mix of not being too runtime-oriented and not being too build-oriented. We don’t generate Java code. Servoy uses a library of native Java code that has already been built [and] maps against those classes,” he said.
Aleman hopes that the open-source release of those core Java libraries will spark contributions from talented developers. While the release of these classes under the AGPL may appeal to Java developers, he said that they are not the target audience of the Servoy platform.
The Servoy development libraries are expected to be available later this month from the company’s Subversion servers.
Aleman said he chose the AGPL as the license for this release because of its simplicity and because of the hosted nature of many Servoy-based programs. The AGPL requires source code be made available for derivative works that are hosted as a network service. Thus, the AGPL encourages ISVs hoping to build software-as-a-service applications to engage with companies like Servoy for a commercial license.