Neil Bartlett


March of the IDEs — IDE Agnostic OSGi Development

For a long time Eclipse has been, in practice, the only widely used and supported IDE for developing OSGi applications. Both of the premier IDE plugins — namely Bndtools and the older PDE — supported only Eclipse. While some tooling existed in IntelliJ and NetBeans it was nowhere near as comprehensive or usable.

This wasn’t much of a problem for me personally. I have been a fan of Eclipse since I first saw it in the early 2000s, and indeed (more…)


Bndtools and Maven: A Brave New World

At this year’s OSGi Community Event – co-hosted with EclipseCon Europe 2017 – I will present a new tutorial titled Bndtools and Maven: A Brave New World. My friend and Paremus colleague Tim Ward will co-present and will provide support during the exercises.

Bndtools has long provided the premier development experience for writing OSGi bundles and applications. However there was a significant gap: until recently it has been very difficult to use Maven to build Bndtools projects. This was partially (more…)


Using Let’s Encrypt Certificates with OSGi HTTP Service

Rather than one of my usual polemics, this is a quickly-written practical post. I hope the information here is useful to somebody.

Currently I am setting up effectiveosgi.com, the website for my upcoming book “Effective OSGi”. The site is a web app that will allow users to download preview PDFs, order print copies, and so on. Naturally I am developing it in Java and OSGi (in fact, many of the code samples in the book are based on (more…)


Vertical Components

Combining Web and OSGi Components

I consider myself a latecomer to Microservices; I only really started to understand and use them in 2005. Nobody called them “Microservices” at the time – as far as I can tell, the term was coined in 2006 by BEA for their microService Architecture (mSA). Regardless, with this history it was a little surprising to hear the term reinvented in 2014 and suddenly gain a great deal of traction. While implementation details vary, the fundamental (more…)