It has not made to the headlines but this is a significant achievement.
JOTM is an Open Source (BSD-licensed) implementation of the JTA and JTS API to provide transaction management in Java/J2EE applications (I lead this project for some time but eventually passed the lead to David Egolf due to other job commitments).
I believe it is a great step for Open Source J2EE applications for several reasons:
- As far as I know, it is the first implementation of an Open Source transaction manager which supports recovery (there is some work on that in JBoss JTA and nothing for Tyrex)
- the HOWL project is the result of the collaboration between the ObjectWeb and Apache communities. Coopetition is a Good Thing
- There is a good opportunity for JOTM to be used as the default transaction manager in Geronimo
Congratulations to the JOTM and HOWL teams. Keep up the good work!