Report: Apple’s WebObjects 5.4 going open source

“When Apple releases WebObjects 5.4 next year, it will also open source much of the database solution’s code, cementing the software’s role and future at Apple,” Ryan Katz reports for Think Secret.

“While Apple employs WebObjects extensively throughout its site, internal networks, and iTunes Music Store, the software has never found a comfortable place inside the company. Scant marketing resources have been devoted to WebObjects and the development team is down to just four, sources report, making open source the sensible solution, especially given WebObjects’ open source competitors,” Katz reports.

Katz reports, “Apple hinted at its intentions to open source part of WebObjects 5.4 at private sessions during the company’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. A public announcement of Version 5.4 is expected after Leopard ships.”

Full article here.

More about Apple’s WebObjects here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple releases WebObjects 5.3 Update for Mac OS X Server 10.4 – June 24, 2005
Apple’s WebObjects now included free in Mac OS X Tiger developer tools – June 16, 2005


  1. My understanding is this really isnt inside information like think secret is claiming, trying to make it seem like they have these special sources and web objects is a big exclusive story for them. apples plans to open WO were posted publically on the webobjects dev list last week, as is mentioned here ( i guess think secret has gotten so many (everyone of them this year) of their ‘exclusive’ reports wrong that they are trying to pass off regular news as inside info from ‘sources close to the’ blah blah.

  2. Whether this is ‘news’ or not, you wonder if it isn’t a little late. With Java 5.0 and other frameworks etc now available, WebObjects doesn’t perhaps have quite the unique qualities it used to. It could be argued that the weakest part of the WO experience, the Builder interface, is now behind modern Java IDE’s that are available free. JPA which utilises Java 5.0 with its annotations looks like it trumps EOModeler files – you can only imagine that this is what is meant in the article by making Wo more J2EE compatible, ie. do away with the parts that clash with the mainstream Java way of doing things.

  3. Ron,

    Let’s see, would I rather be subjected to a filthy internet parody or have my head cut off?

    Radical Muslims like to cut peoples heads off on video for drawing a goddamn cartoon!!!!

    In my culture, if you don’t like the filth don’t watch it. It’s none of your business though, if the guy standing next to you does.

    If you want to live in a strictly controlled society Ron, there are plenty of places controlled by mullahs. Of course you won’t be able to tell us about them on a computer forum. They don’t allow that either.

  4. Cool Mac Man…..

    Way cool. I busted a gut.

    Ron I will assume you were just kidding cause being serious would make you to be the world biggest pile of steaming turds. Jeffery….you can jump into that pile if you like. No one will miss you.

    Thanks again Cool Mac Man. You made my day a little brighter!

  5. O/T

    iPod prompts airport scare in Ottawa

    Ottawa Citizen
    Published: Tuesday, August 15, 2006
    A suspicious package found in an aircraft washroom on a flight from Chicago on Tuesday afternoon brought out Ottawa police canine and bomb-disposal units.
    A member of the crew found the package about 4 p.m.
    The plane landed safely and was isolated away from the terminal.
    Passengers were taken off the plane and questioned by police while experts investigated the ‘package.’
    The airport was not closed during the three-hour incident.
    Police issued a statement Tuesday evening saying the suspicious package ‘has been identified as an electronic device commonly known as an iPod.’ “

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