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Chapter 1. Vote for JBoss > Introducing JBoss

1.1. Introducing JBoss

When Java first came out in 1996, many people created their own application infrastructures from scratch, reinventing the wheel for many aspects of their applications. The Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification—the predecessor to the current Java EE specification—aimed at creating a standardized application framework for enterprise applications development.

In 1999, Marc Fleury started a small open source project called JBoss, which provided an implementation of the Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) portion of the J2EE specification. As the project became popular, the developers started selling documentation, consulting services, and training. By 2001, Fleury and company incorporated as the JBoss Group, LLC, and started offering developer support services in 2002. In this same timeframe, they made available JBoss AS 3, which emerged to become a full-fledged J2EE application server that was competitive with proprietary application servers such as WebSphere and WebLogic.


  

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