It's been a while since I've written anything about AppFuse, but since the project has had quite a bit of activity lately, now seems like a good time.
First of all, we moved the source code from java.net to GitHub way back in June. Thanks to Serge for helping with this process and making it quick and painless. For some reason, shortly after moving, we started having quite a few build issues with Bamboo. I was able to diagnose the problem as not enough memory on our server. Thankfully, Contegix was able to add another 2GB of RAM to our box and get everything back up-to-snuff.
New Committer: J. Garcia
J. Garcia has been a regular voice on the users and developers mailing list for several months. He's recently started contributing a lot of patches in JIRA and seems genuinely interested in the success of AppFuse. That's why we voted and added him as a committer. To prove this was a smart move, he recently replaced Compass with Hibernate Search and upgraded to Hibernate 4. As part of this work, he removed iBATIS support, which brings me to my next point.
In mid-August, I sent an email to the community, asking them "Anyone using iBATIS?"
I'm thinking of replacing AppFuse's Data Tier with Spring Data, especially because it has NoSQL and REST support. There's a good intro on InfoQ today:
Does anyone see an issue with this? The lack of iBATIS support could be an issue, but I doubt it since if we wanted to continue supporting it, we should move to MyBATIS.
Everyone agreed this was a good idea and it seemed like a logical time to remove iBATIS support. In addition, I posted a roadmap I jotted down in early May. Since we've missed all the dates so far, I've removed them from the listing below. We hope to get 1-2 releases done by the end of this year, with 2.2 in the next 2-3 weeks.
AMP for all light modules
JSR 303 (might require removing or developing client-side support)
Mockito instead of jMock/EasyMock
MyBatis (if there's interest in adding it back in)
wro4j for concatenation and minimizing JS and CSS
pjax - https://github.com/defunkt/jquery-pjax
Article about examples
To prove there's still a fair amount of folks using AppFuse, here's some statistic from Sonatype's OSS Repository Hosting Service.
<p style="text-align: center"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mraible/8023640406/" title="AppFuse Downloads by mraible, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8023640406_a7e3613b94.jpg" width="500" height="188" alt="AppFuse Downloads"></a></p>
From this screenshot, you can see that AppFuse artifacts are downloaded around 7,000 times per month. The following graph is even more interesting. Apparently, around 3,000 new projects are created with AppFuse archetypes each month.
<p style="text-align: center"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mraible/8023642969/" title="AppFuse Archetype Downloads by mraible, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8182/8023642969_14111307ca.jpg" width="500" height="186" alt="AppFuse Archetype Downloads"></a></p>
The AppFuse Name
Finally, I recently discovered that ShoreTel decided to name a new product AppFuse. I guess this signifies two things: 1) it's a good name for a product and 2) someone didn't do their research before naming it. At this point, I'm not too concerned, but it is an interesting development.