Agreed, but I see no reason for them to drop it. It's an
incredible concept that no one would have thought possible.
Granted it's current incantation has limitations, but it is very
It looks like most efforts have gone towards their RadRails app
development. Which I suppose is fine, but Ruby/Ruby on rails has a
very strong community and such as it is. Jaxer has basically 1
community and it would appear to be dead.
I really hope they don't drop the technology. It's bloody
amazing. Such a simple and truly powerful concept.
Esatterwhite, you are right about the community. The Jaxer
community is very small. There are too few blogs out there. There
is no buzz. I'm only starting my journey with Jaxer and I really
should write about it - we all should write about it.
However what I would really like is for there to be some
communication from the Aptana team. Some clue as to what they are
thinking. I really really want Jaxer to succeed.
Yes, it is pretty cool. I would like to see Jaxer and
activerecordjs development pick back up to the speed they were at
pre studio1.5 release.
There seems to be a faint heartbeat with the github repository
for activerecoryjs. After the jaxer1.5 release, development
priority pretty well dropped. I had a couple project I really
wanted to get Jaxer working with, but that was right around the
time, Aptana seemed to loose interest and I was just too skeptical
of their support intentions to move forward to it.
I hope both of them pick back up, the possibilities are pretty
Jaxer is dead for sure. Otherwise why the forums are still
locked and there is not a single word about Jaxer on their website.
I think the investors talked Aptana out of Jaxer as it might not be
a feasible option due to resistance showed by web hosting companies
in deploying Jaxer because of the structure. Or why Jaxer has not
been updated? It has been quite sometime since Firefox 3.5 came
well I can understand the resistance from shared hosts. At first
glance, the idea is to install a web browser on the server so a
across as the best idea out there.
I think a straight forward solution would be to partner with a
hosting provider. get them to understand how the software works,
get them comfortable with it so they will support it. In return,
they get a ton of business.
I know there was a thread about 1 or 2 hosts who were able to
install it and a few people were testing their code on it, but
Jaxer's memory footprint was a little much for most shared
There is always resistance at first with completely new
software. Hell, people still use IE5. But come'on aptana, It's
awesome software don't drop it. Imagine where Adobe would be if
Macromedia dropped flash at Version 5 when everyone hated it!
No. Jaxer is not bundled with Studio v2x. I have another thread
on the forum asking for help to install it as you just get error
messages when you follow the instructions.
Aptana did partner with Joyent. I have a site hosted with them
through the Aptana Cloud service. $20 per month - it's just a play
thing right now while I get my ideas straight. But I was hoping to
take it forward with a business idea.
I've previously mostly developed on the desktop, but am now
shame for Jaxer to go by the wayside. The programming model &
syntax with Jaxer are so much nicer than the normal AJAX stuff I
see out there. Please keep this going.
Thanks to everyone who responded here, everyone here at Aptana
really appreciates the passion and energy of the group. Jaxer holds
a special place in Aptana's heart - our CEO even has a "JAXER"
license plate on his car. Unfortunately, being a cool technology
and a business success aren't always the same thing, and in Jaxer's
case there hasn't been sufficient adoption to make it a money
earning proposition. So we've had to significantly reduce the
amount of time and effort we put into maintaining Jaxer.
But we haven't killed it, because we love it too much. That's
why we set up jaxer.org - we want the technology to continue to be
improved by the community. I encourage all of you to take your
passion and invest it in jaxer yourself - together we can do a lot
more than Aptana could ever afford to do by itself.
As for the forum issue, that's on me. I thought I had a way of
enabling just the jaxer forums on the old php bbs, but it didn't
work. I now have an action item of finding a new system for such
discussions that doesn't require us to maintain a raft of php code.
One option is to just set up a google group, another is to purchase
a tenderapp.com setup like the one we're using here. What do you
I think Jaxer just needs to be marketed better. The Jaxer
launcher is good for adaptation.
Part of the project growing is a better website. I know we can
all work together to get a website that a) is informative, b)
really 'markets' jaxer. This means a re-design that draws
Part of RoR's success was good design and marketing. Jaxer is an
incredible product, so it makes marketing it, even easier.
I vote against google groups. It has terrible spam problems.
@john: Maybe I'm being too optimistic, but I expect Google to
fix the spam problem very quickly. But you are right that if things
stay as they are its not a good option.
@mike: I think your suggestion of building a prettier, more JS
centric site for jaxer.org is a good one. I don't believe the
source for the website itself is available on github publicly, but
I'll check into the legal issues and see if we can do that. Then
anyone could submit pull requests for improvements to the site.
@andrew: It would be great if you open sourced jaxer.org. I will
be an active contributor if possible. I can't contribute to the
core code due to my lack of engineering skills, however I still
want to help see this succeed as much as possible.
The the way jaxer's api is set up is really easy to
understand/use. but there is a lot in there that is way over my
head. I took 1 look at some of the mozilla browser code. I think I
blacked out 3 times.
Andrew said, "Unfortunately, being a cool technology and a
business success aren't always the same thing, and in Jaxer's case
there hasn't been sufficient adoption to make it a money earning
proposition." - There. He said it. In my words Jaxer will die a
There is no sufficient adoption because of the way it is built.
If you guys can spend some more time and money in creating it like
php, I think it will blow away other server side technologies. How?
Simple. I will only need to know JS as a programming language and
it will reduce the time to develop & maintain the code along 3
different platforms - Desktop, Mobile and Server. Adobe AIR and
Titanium are here for Desktop and Mobile and they both support JS.
Now JS on server also will make me, the developer, an all
I would have to agree. The lack of adaptation probably stems
from un familiarity with the technology. I'm not sure what all
happens behind the aptana doors, but If the jaxer screen casts and
documentation are all the prospective adopters have to look at, I'm
Just putting in out there probably isn't enough to get most
hosting providers comfortable with it.
I wasn't around during the early days of Jaxer's introduction,
so I can't comment on what Aptana did or didn't do.
But I strongly disagree that Jaxer needs to die a slow death
because there hasn't been sufficient adoption to make it a money
maker for Aptana. The fact is that the bar for commercial success
is a lot higher than the bar for open source community success. As
a community project, jaxer could still thrive, as many other
similar projects have done. Whether it does or not now depends as
much on the user community (that's you) as it does on us. If you
contribute, it will grow. If you don't it will wither and die,
because Aptana can't put enough resources in to make it succeed on
The only exception is the Highslide JS library used by the
guides, which is redistributed under its own license (CC
For those who haven't used github, the basic idea is to fork the
repository on github, make your changes, and then issue a pull
request. Aptana will review the changes and either integrate them
or reject them. Thanks.
True that the bar for commercial success is a lot higher than
open source projects but atleast aptana can create a strong base so
that it becomes easier for the community work on it. I am not a c
or python etc programmer and I can't afford to become one now. What
I want is to use my existing skills to create a better solution for
of Jaxer but not in terms of developing the very technology. This
only you guys can do.
And no need to be sorry for being blunt Andrew. Sometimes, one
has to tell the truth as it is.
Nice, I look forward to working on a redesign/build. I love that
kind of stuff!
Does anyone know the state of ActiveRecordjs? Some of the doc
pages on the site are yet to be filled in.
Has anyone built a site with it yet? I would like to see how a
project is structured/implimented. I'm familiar with the MVC
pattern, I've built and coded a couple large scale Sites built on
Django. I suppose I could always create a fork built on django, but
it would make much more sense to use jaxer with activerecordjs
rather than django or rails, etc.
any feed back would be appreciated.
I was doing a little design work this morning, here is a
'modernized' Jaxer logo mock up i did.
I know it sounds funny coming from me, but the aptana branding
is too big and stands out too much from the light green jaxer text.
We like having our name out there, but right now the aptana word is
the first thing I notice, and that is too much corporate