Servoy recently announced the open source version of its award-winning hybrid SaaS (News - Alert) platform named Servoy 5.2. Servoy 5.2 platform simplifies the SaaS and it combines the best of both worlds by allowing "SaaS and Back" hybrid applications. These can be deployed using cloud computing and on-premises through both a browser and a native client.
In Servoy 5.2, the source code of Servoy Developer, the Servoy Smart Client and Servoy Web Client will become open source under the Affero General Public License (AGPL).
As a result of its simplicity and openness, Servoy selected the AGPL as the license for this release. The AGPL license is approved by the Open Source (News - Alert) Initiative. This approval will make it widely accepted with corporations, governments and educational institutions.
Jan Aleman, the CEO of Servoy, said, "With this open source release of the Servoy Developer and Servoy Client libraries, Servoy hopes to spark contributions from talented developers worldwide and reaffirms its longstanding commitment to the open source community. We strongly believe the future of software is open and not only open as in open standards, but also open, as in open source. In the past, Servoy has contributed to the Open Source community as a significant player in key Java projects, including Apache Wicket, Eclipse DLTK and others. We are taking this to the next level by open sourcing our Servoy Developer and Client code."
Open source lessens vendor lock-in and boosts the capabilities of both the developer and the platform. Servoy is expected to release the open source version in June. After the release, the source code can be downloaded from the Servoy website.
Some of the benefits achievable through open sourcing of Servoy include vast expansion of the Servoy eco-space, increased developer interest, more extensive options for developers to take control, community driven improvements, immediate execution and application of Hotfixes, sharing/testing of ground-breaking ideas around the product etc.
Independent software vendors use Servoy to develop complete vertical and horizontal applications and it is used by internal developers to modify application development.
Companies like Symantec (News - Alert), Stanford University, Wells Fargo, Verizon and UCLA hospital depends on Servoy to manage and present the data to their customers and employees by means of rich applications over the LAN, WAN and Internet connections.