Filipino team behind first open source-based life-cycle platform solution
(Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila, Philippines June 25, 2008) — Exist, a leading open source software engineering company, has announced the latest release of Exist Maestro, the first integrated open source build life-cycle platform solution. The company made the announcement in time for the Philippine Open Source Summit (POSS) which ran from June 23 to 24, 2008 at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City, Cebu.
Exist Maestro provides an integrated open source platform that enables comprehensive build management by integrating Apache Maven’s well-defined life-cycle phases, standardized directory layout, and extensible plug-in framework with Apache Continuum to deliver end-to-end build automation, test execution, project reporting, and site generation.
In addition, Exist Maestro also includes support for centralized, hosted repository using Apache Archiva to enable higher developer productivity, better overall team collaboration, and project coordination.
“With Exist Maestro, any developer team can expect code reliability throughout the development cycle and not just at the release deadline,” explained Henry Isidro, Exist development manager and Maestro team lead. “It also facilitates continuous project testing and integration by providing site reports, automated error notifications, and other compliancy-violations as they actually happen.”
Brett Porter, Exist vice president for product development, said Exist Maestro enables developers to access all source code under the Apache License 2.0 with complete freedom to modify code as required. “With Exist Maestro, you have access to an active open source development community with no lock-in to any specific vendor.” Porter added that this open source solution is already deployed in Fortune 500 companies which have integrated open source programs in their enterprise environment.
“For years, Filipinos have been a part of open source projects and are now being given their due recognition,” said Exist executive chairman Winston Damarillo, who is a strong advocate of the adoption of open source in the enterprise. “We are proud of our team’s accomplishments in the open source arena and we’d like to see more Filipinos actively contributing to open source projects in the future.”
On hand to demonstrate the capabilities of Exist Maestro at the Exist booth during the two-day POSS exhibit were members of the Filipino team including lead developers Ma. Odea Ching and Erle Czar Mantos.
Other Exist developers present during the exhibit were Leopoldo Agdeppa, Jan Ancajas, Korina Cordero, Allan Ramirez, Napoleon Ramirez, Ma. Catherine Tan, and Jevica Zurbano along with QA specialists Gwen Autencio and Marecor Baclay.
Ma. Odea Ching, who was recently elected as the first Filipina Apache Software Foundation vice president, conducted a session on Apache Maven, Continuum, and Archiva during the event.