IBM edges closer to creating an open-source Jazz version

Vendor opens Jazz.net portal to all, after limiting access over past six months

IBM Monday opened its Jazz.net open-source community to anyone who wants to provide feedback on the technology, which is intended to help improve collaboration among software development teams.

Before Monday, the Jazz.net community -- which was launched in June -- could be accessed only by select IBM customers and academics who were invited to participate in it. The site will now provide all comers with access to Jazz code, bug lists and other details.

Although IBM has said that it plans to emulate the Eclipse open-source community with its Jazz effort, the company still owns the Jazz source code, so the effort is not a classic open-source project like Eclipse.

"[Jazz.net] is an open commercial community designed to build and evolve the Jazz technology," said Scott Hebner, IBM Rational's vice president of marketing and strategy. "We'll start to build our products in a completely transparent and collaborative fashion with our customers."

But Hebner added that IBM eventually plans to open up the Jazz source code, as it did with Eclipse.

"We intend to as we move through time to make certain elements of the Jazz technology platform available in open source, particularly those parts ... that are key to integration, communications and information exchange," he said. "The ultimate goal is very similar to Eclipse. You want to be able to more dynamically integrate products into a life-cycle platform. [To do that], you're going to have to open it up."

To date, he added, those who have accessed Jazz.net have been particularly interested in the in-context collaboration feature, which allows every team member working on a particular aspect of Jazz development to be notified in real-time when anyone else makes a change that affects others.

"It is one thing to say I can pull up an IM and contact someone, but when the system begins to understand the process ... it helps facilitate that communication in a more proactive manner," Hebner said.

This year, IBM will begin announcing new Jazz-based features in other Rational products such as ClearCase, ClearQuest and BuildForge, he added.

IBM on Monday also announced that the second beta version of the first Jazz-based product -- called IBM Rational Team Concert Express -- is now available. The product, expected to be generally available later this year, is aimed at helping small and midsize development teams improve productivity through collaboration, IBM said. It includes Web dashboards to help users see real-time status data including the status of work items and project health.

Finally, IBM announced that IBM Research is working on a new projects called Bluegrass, which is aimed at using virtual worlds such as Second Life to help software developers work and brainstorm with one another using interactive visual representations of ideas, data from the Web and Jazz-based sources.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Heather Havenstein

Computerworld
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?