Wednesday Nov 29, 2006

Semplice Is Dead. Long Live Semplice!

My co-conspirators on Project Semplice, John Kline and Herbert Czymontek, have both recently left Sun. Rest assured, I'm not going anywhere. But where does that leave Project Semplice?

Well, the spirit of the project was to support scripting on the VM. We started our research with BASIC, but the vision all along was to design things in such a way that we could support multiple scripting languages, without starting from scratch each time. The tooling aspect was my responsibility, and I'm happy to say it has not been in vain. With the hiring of the JRuby developers, I've been focusing on how to adapt everything to support Ruby, and it's going really well. I'll post a second blog entry on that shortly.

Back to BASIC. Like most software at Sun, open source is the obvious strategy and we have started the process. On the other hand, just "dumping code on the community" is not likely to be successful, so we're looking for interest and support to decide how to proceed.

In any case, as the blog title suggests, the project is not dead. It was a research project, we've learned a lot, and the technology is now forming the basis for some great new scripting tools coming your way very soon. Rising out of the ashes, so to speak! We'll have more to show at JavaPolis in a few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!

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