I'm a JBoss core developer at Red Hat, and the AeroGear project lead. I previously lead the RichFaces project, and have been involved in many other open source projects such as Seam, and JBoss AS. I'm passionate about promoting open source, community, and standards. I server as a W3C representative for Red Hat, and have been part of multiple Java Community Process (JCP) specifications, currently on the JSON API expert group. I have been architecting and developing enterprise applications and projects for over fourteen years, specializing in mobile device integration, web tier frameworks, UI design, and integration.

Location: Upstate New York USA
Occupation: JBoss core developer at Red Hat Inc.

With the AeroGear 1.0.0.M6 release we've added a lot of new functionally and the JavaScript and iOS client libraries have really taken front stage! Doug Campos (a.k.a. Qmx) has summed it up really well on the new project site's blog.

Which reminds me :-)

Our new project site launched a little while back with a new responsive design, docs, and project information! Check it out for all the details on AeroGear, our plans, and libraries!

Project Updates

As the AeroGear team and project have been expanding, so have our mobile efforts at Red Hat and JBoss! My time has been split between many different things across them all.

That is why, I've asked Qmx to take on the project lead role for AeroGear. He's has been with AeroGear since nearly the beginning and brings a wealth of open source, server and client based experience to the team! As is often the case he's already been doing the job for a while now, and doing great at it!

I'm not going anywhere, and will still be deeply involved in the AeroGear project as well as other mobile related efforts at JBoss!

Don't be shy!

And finally, as I've said, this isn't your father's JavaEE project, but Aerogear is certainly open source, and we're always looking for people to get involved, ask questions, or provide input! We'd appreciate your feedback! Stop by our IRC channel, or our community site and mailing list and see what we're up to!

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It's been a little while since I wrote about AeroGear (and we're still hiring by the way!) so I wanted to take a minute and give a bit of an update and preview some things we are working on.

JBoss World

For those of you that did not get a chance to make it to JBoss World it was a great conference for mobile, and AeroGear was everywhere! It all started at the opening keynote demo showcasing jBPM, mobile, and other JBoss technology. The AeroGear team worked with the rest of the demo team to create a JBoss toy store application, both in mobile web and native versions using Apache Cordova. We also deployed the application using AppBlade, a partner of ours that allows for enterprise provisioning of native mobile applications. You can check out this video by Burr Sutter for a technical run through of the various parts. You can also download the source, and try it all out for yourself here.

There were several other sessions, BOF's and labs related to mobile development and AeroGear. In one of the AeroGear sessions I discussed where the project is, and what our upcoming plans are. I wanted to share these more broadly, and from that this blog was born!

New Project Site

One of the first things I mentioned is that the AeroGear project site needed a revamp! It was authored using a content management system (CMS), and as such could not really showcase some of the advanced functionality that we wanted to use. We also wanted to update our roadmap and wiki pages with the items below, and have them be easier to maintain.

So we're moving our project site to use Awestruct, a great tool for developing project sites that look great and let you have more control. In this we are following the footsteps of TorqueBox, Immutant, Arquillian, and JBoss Developer Framework. This means our site will be developed on github, and hosted on just as before, only better :-)

For our docs and wiki we're going to be moving to AsciiDoc, which is a lot like markdown, but even more powerful and supported by github! This is another great option for open source projects that want their documents to be functional, beautiful and pull request-able.

We'll be getting these updates in place as soon as possible, hopefully in the next week or two!

Native Client Libraries

As I mention in the current What is AeroGear page, we started out focused on education and examples for how to create mobile applications with existing JBoss technology. We're now moving into that 3rd column - innovation!

We're currently defining and beginning development of a set of native client libraries for JavaScript (yes, I consider this native :-), Objective-C, and Android Java to make accessing and extending the power of JBoss and JavaEE to mobile clients easy and immediately recognizable to developers on those platforms.

In my presentation I talked about what these libraries would address:

  • Persistence (secure content access via REST & Websockets, including bean validation and more)
  • Security (authentication, authorization, content encryption, and IDM)
  • Messaging & Connectivity (Integrated CDI eventing, JMS, native/non-native push, Websockets)
  • Data Sync & Offline support (Auto sync of various content across clients/servers, collision handling, and local cache)

We'll be focusing first on persistence and security as the foundation for these libraries, and initially develop the JavaScript APIs, with the Objective-C and Android libraries following (maybe even Windows Phone someday). We are still strong believers in Hybrid application frameworks like Apache Cordova, and also plan to create plugins and advanced examples for these.

Providing a server-side foundation for some of this functionality is also a new, early stage light-weight MVC that QMX developed called AeroGear Controller. While our client libraries will not depend on this entirely, some of the advanced functionality may require it, a lot of that is still TBD. To join in, check out QMX's blog aerogear controller 1.0.0.Alpha is out!

Keep An Eye Open!

So keep your eyes open for more from us in the near future, and jump into our IRC channel (#aerogear @, forums, or mailing lists if you are interested in lending a hand or seeing whats going on!

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JBoss is looking to expand our mobile team to develop the next generation of mobile enabled technologies around native, hybrid, and web based applications with AeroGear! These are world wide, remote positions working with the best open source company in the world - Red Hat!

This isn't you're father's JavaEE project. We're creating iOS, Android, and advanced JavaScript libraries to access the power of JBoss from nearly any client! This will cover persistence, security, messaging, and data synchronization all the way to developer tools, and advanced testing techniques. To learn more about AeroGear and our plans check out our What is AeroGear page.

Not only will we be working with JBoss's own projects, we'll also be working with and contributing to other 3rd party, open source projects such as PhoneGap/Cordova, jQuery, and other related efforts. We win, when the entire ecosystem is healthy and growing!

Join The Team!

Are you a passionate developers? Do you enjoy open source? This is your place! We're hiring multiple positions, and skill-sets around the world:

  • Client/Server - Are you comfortable with both the server, and client side of the today's most advanced applications?
  • Client/JavaScript - Can you pound out advanced JavaScript applications that bend browsers to your will?
  • Hybrid Mobile - Have you already created applications with Apache Cordova, Sencha Touch 2, or other related hybrid technologies?
  • Native Mobile - Objective-C, and Android Java don't scare you! Are you're looking for a challenge, making it easier to use powerful backend features?

Due to a system change the original links to the positions are no longer working (I've updated them now). Please use this link to find the open positions. You can apply to any of them for any of the positions.

As a JBoss core developer you will be expected to be a community member/leader in our open source projects, and eventually a voice for AeroGear, and JBoss in general. The intangibles are just as important as the right skills. A great attitude, motivation, working effectively in remote groups, and drive are also very desired.

Call To Action

So, you're interested? Submit your resume today using the links above, and we'll get the process started!

If you have any questions about the project, the roles, or the team, contact me, Jay Balunas, or others on the team in the #aerogear channel on We'll be happy to talk with you, or answer any questions you may have!

If you have ever wanted to work on an open source project full time, and be part of a special group of developers, this is your chance!!

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22. May 2012, 22:30 CET, by Jay Balunas

We've just released the next milestone of AeroGear, 1.0.0.M4. In this release we've created a Ruby on Rails version of our POH5 kitchensink demo to bring home the full advantage of polyglotism on the JVM with TorqueBox, a Ruby application server built on JBoss AS7 and JRuby, we also finalized our core quickstarts and archetype, as well as, pushed forward on security prototyping with DeltaSpike.

Since our kichensink demo's are Plain Old HTML5 (POH5) based, we're not restricted to one server-side technology or language, sky's the limit! So you can check out our hosted Ruby on Rails kitchensink demo with TorqueBox version, for POH5 + JavaEE take a look at the updated getting started, wiki and we've also updated our Cordova version of the kitchensink as well.

What's new?

Next steps

In M4 we gave Ruby a try to backup our POH5 example. Now we've got our core POH5+JavaEE, POH5+Ruby, and Cordova+JavaEE examples all in place to show different ways to development mobile applications with JBoss.

We're also working on larger integrated examples and getting ready for JBoss World and JUDCon. Our team will be speaking at the party, specifically Jay Balunas and Douglas Campos a.k.a. Qmx.

A lot of JBoss core developers will also be present at the Mobile/HTML5 BOF discussing the future of mobile development and HTML5, so join us there and register for JUDCon Boston, and/or JBoss World 2012! Stay tuned to further releases!

Don't be shy!

Aerogear is open source, so feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about mobile development with JBoss technologies. We'd appreciate your feedback! If you've got mobile or HTML5 requirements and you're wondering how to move forward post to our user forums, or stop by #aerogear @

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We've just released the next milestone of AeroGear, 1.0.0.M3b. In this release we've created a hybrid mobile application using Apache Cordova/PhoneGap, started a Ruby/TorqueBox example, further refined the core POH5 quickstart/archetype, and started work on security, and a light weight MVC for integration.

The getting started wiki is fully updated, and we've also added a repository and wiki page to kickstart your Cordova application with AeroGear. The great thing about Plain Old HTML5 (POH5) and Cordova is that nearly all of the web based functionality is the same, so our Deep Dive wiki gives you all the details you need to build your own.

Notable Updates

Whats Next

With M3 we've started development into new mobile technologies, and functionality. For M4 we'll be completing the TorqueBox example, updating the Cordova application, working on a new shopping cart example, and focusing on getting an alpha version of the security/mvc work in place.

The M4 release will likely be a shorter release for various reasons, so we'll get what we can in for it, and plan to have as much as possible ready by the time JUDCon and JBoss World comes around in June!

A few of us will speaking at JBoss World, specifically myself, and Doug Campos a.k.a. Qmx. We'll be discussing AeroGear and much of the work and features above, plus some extras! Also as part of the Mobile/HTML5 BOF several JBoss core engineers and experts will also be discussing the future of mobile development both at Red Hat, and the larger enterprise ecosystem, so join us there! If you want the latest, and I'm sure you do, register for JUDCon Boston, and/or JBoss World 2012!

Community Role Call

Aerogear is a new open source project, and like any other new project we would love developers to stop by, check us out, give us some feedback, and join our ranks if you're interested! If you've got mobile or HTML5 requirements and you're wondering how to move forward post to our user forums, or stop by #aerogear @

We're always looking for new team members, so if you've got server/client side skills, mobile, HTML5, or native/hybrid app experience, and a great attitude let us know! You can also just jump right in by checking out our Contributing to AeroGear page.

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