Servoy 5.2 released!

Yes, Servoy 5.2 is here, but there’s more. Today, we’re not only releasing Servoy 5.2, but also a few other things….

But first, Servoy 5.2: What’s new?

Servoy 5.2 builds on the Servoy 5.1 and can be considered the maintenance release for 5.1. We gave is a new version number, mainly to ‘celebrate’ the fact that with this release we open sourced Servoy Developer and the Smart and Web Client. Additionally we now bundle PostgreSQL as the default database engine.

Open source
Servoy 5.2 is Servoy’s first open source release. This release makes all the source code of Servoy Developer, as well as the Smart, Web, Headless and Batchprocessor client available under the Affero General Public License.

Servoy 5.2 ships with PostgreSQL as the default database.

Window support
Besides dialogs, Servoy also allows the developer to show forms in windows. Each window shows up in the system bar individually, can be minimized to the system bar and can move behind other windows. Read all about it here.

Enhanced security
To further improve client security, Servoy 5.2 provides even more robust authentication. Read more about it here.

View the full list of things new in Servoy 5.2 here. The complete Release Notes can be found here. Information on upgrading from earlier version of Servoy can be found here.

What else is new?

New web site design & content
It was time to overhaul the design of the web site once again. We designed the main page to help people new to Servoy find the best way possible through their discovery of the Servoy eco-space, using direct links to the most interesting bits, a good overview of what Servoy is, its main features etc.

Servoy MarketPlace
One of the prominent links on the homepage is a link to the Servoy MarketPlace, the place for all Servoy Alliance Network members to showcase their product – whether complete solutions, modules, bits of documentation or plugins/beans, to the general (Servoy) public.

More open support system
By popular request, we have been working on selecting a new support system and we have found it in the form of Atlassian’s Jira. We still have to work out some details, but Jira seems to be offering all that is required. As migration from our current support system to Jira will take some time, we modified the existing support system so you can at least view cases created by others.

New Quickstart Guide
Also by popular demand: new and up-to-date Quickstart Guide. Besides just the text, the authors also recorded their material in video format!

Updated Reference Guide
As with every release, the Programming Reference Guide has been updated to match the new version. Besides just adding the new functions, properties, etc., many descriptions and samples have been updated.

So, what’s next?

So, are we done? No, we are moving full steam ahead.
Codename Kamili
The guys from R&D are already working on the next version of Servoy, codename “Kamili”. The clever people of Servoy Forge already hooked up their systems to the Servoy SVN to track all the updates that are being done by the R&D team. Want to know more about it? Stayed tuned on this channel, as we will blog on Kamili’s roadmap soon.

Servoy Developer Center
To further streamline the “Servoy Experience”, we are working on the Servoy Developer Center (SDC). The SDC will be the new main page for the Servoy Wiki. It will be a developer centric page with an overview of the latest news for developers, links, tutorials, etc. It will replace iServoy.

ServoyWorld 2011: Bigger, better, faster and …
Our team is finalizing the arrangements for the next ServoyWorld, which will be held in Q1 2011 in the Netherlands (so, besides your laptop – bring your ice skates!)

Migration of our support system to Jira
As mentioned above, we’ll be working hard on figuring out the last details and then migrate the current support system over to Jira.

More docs and tutorials
You can never have enough, can you? Tthere’s the new Quickstart Guide now, but that is just the start. More is slated to come your way.

More stuff to support our open source supporters
Now that large parts of the Servoy codebase are open source, we will provide the tools for the people who are interested in contributing. Not that you can’t already though. First patches from some Servoy Open Source-enthusiasts have made it into Servoy 5.2 already!

Providing single sign-on for the Servoy Talk forum, Servoy Wiki/SDC and other Servoy sites
With the growing list of sites we supply to you, we though it would be a good idea to provide you with a single sign-on function (and it’ll make our lives easier as well 🙂 )

And yet there’s more…

Besides us, others have been busy too.
pgExperts Sybase > PostgreSQL migration service
pgExperts Inc. offers a special migration service for Servoy customers to automatically migrate Sybase databases to PostgreSQL. Just upload your Sybase database files and get back the same database, but then in PostgreSQL! Read all about it here.

Servoy University
Servoy University, or ServoyU for short, is an online portal providing Servoy training videos and certification. It has gathered all the existing videos and put them all nicely together in one spot – versioned and tagged for your convenience. More importantly, it also hosts a range of new, up-to-date videos on Servoy 5.2.
As of today, you can sign up for access to its premium videos which will be available at a yearly subscription fee. The first premium series available is the Servoy Developer Certification series, over 40 videos totalling 10 hours of Servoy 5.2 training material!  By August 9th, the Developer Certification series will be completely finished.
In September, ServoyU will launch the Servoy Certification program.  This will allow you, your team, and your employees to receive official Servoy Certification.  More information about certification will be available soon.
The team behind ServoyUniversity is devoted to continuously bring you more videos and series, on new topics or Servoy versions.

In the wake of the announcement that Servoy would go open source, some long-time Servoy enthusiasts joined forces and (re)launched ServoyForge: the place for open source projects related to Servoy – whether they be beans, solutions, plugins or modules – you’ll find them there.
As Servoy, we have already launched 2 new project there (ServoySecurity & ServoyCommons) and more will follow shortly, including the Servoy JasperReports plugin.

Paul Bakker
Product Marketing Manager

Jan Aleman Interviewed on CS Techcast: “Using Open Source in the Cloud”

Jan Aleman, Servoy CEO, was interviewed on the CS Techcast episode 124 titled “Using Open Source in the Cloud”.

You can watch Jan’s interview starting at minute 17′.

“This week at, we talk about how the cloud is moving forward with open-source standards and how cloud computing will look in a few years with Jan Aleman, CEO of Servoy and secretary of EuroCloud compendium. You can find more at”

Click here to watch the CS Techcast interview:

ServoyForge: The Open Source Software Portal for Servoy-related OSS Projects

Servoy is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new ServoyForge site — a community initiative led by Robert Ivens, SAN Developer and CEO of ROCLASI Software Solutions. ServoyForge is an effort that Servoy endorses and will actively provide its own contributions to.

The mission of ServoyForge is to organize Servoy Open Source projects into a centralized community-owned platform; enable talented Servoy/Java developers to contribute more easily; and offer innovative Open Source components to the Servoy community at large.

ServoyForge is already:

  • The largest repository of Servoy Open Source components (plugins/beans/solutions/modules)
  • A brand new collaboration platform for everything Servoy Open Source Software (SOSS)
  • Best-of-breed tools tailored for the management of Servoy development projects
  • A site built by the community for the community, by developers for developers
  • The place where YOU TOO can share your ideas and projects with a team of Servoy and Java developers all over the globe

Check out and bookmark ServoyForge.

Register at ServoyForge now and get ready to boost your Servoy development projects!

Servoy 5.2 Named eWEEK “Product to Watch”

eWEEK, the industry leader for strategic technology information, recently selected Servoy 5.2 Open Source as a “Product to Watch” in the June issue of its award-winning print magazine.

Each month, the editors of eWEEK recognize enterprise-class products that they think should be on the radar of every IT professional. The products are selected on the basis of their potential for creating efficiency as well as competitive advantage in a market where companies need to stay a step ahead of their competitors.

This is the second time Servoy has been recognized for this honor. To read the full press release, click here.

SD TIMES: Servoy’s Web Platform Goes Open Source

European Web platform company, Servoy, announced that it will release its core libraries under the Affero General Public License (AGPL). Those libraries provide Java functions in a JavaScript-accessible Web layer.

Jan Aleman, CEO of Servoy, said his company’s Web platform mixes the best of both worlds. “We’ve found a good mix of not being too runtime-oriented and not being too build-oriented. We don’t generate Java code. Servoy uses a library of native Java code that has already been built maps against those classes,” he said.

Click here to read the full SD Times article.

Special Webinar: Open Source Servoy & PostgreSQL – June 10

In this webinar, Servoy will be joined by one of the foremost PostgreSQL consulting firms in the world: PostgreSQL Experts, Inc. Josh Berkus, PostgreSQL Experts, Inc CEO, will be presenting along with Jan Aleman, Servoy CEO. Josh has been a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team since 2003 and has been working as a database consultant since 1998.

Here are the key points that will be discussed:

  • Why Servoy chose PostgreSQL in the open source version
  • Why PostgreSQL is the best open source database
  • Servoy and PostgreSQL
  • Pgadmin overview
  • Migrating your data
  • Q&A

Register now for this webinar.

Special Webinar: Servoy Open Source in Detail – June 7 at 11am PT/2pm ET

We are pleased to announce that in Servoy 5.2, the source code of Servoy Developer, the Servoy Smart Client and Servoy Web Client will become open source.

The open sourcing of Servoy benefits the Servoy community in the following ways:

  • More extensive options for developers to take control
  • Community driven improvements
  • Hotfixes can be executed and applied immediately
  • Innovative ideas can be shared/tested around the product
  • Vast expansion of the Servoy eco-space
  • Increased developer interest

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the new release of Servoy 5.2 – inside and out!

Register now for this webinar

Servoy Simplifies SaaS with Open Source Servoy 5.2

Servoy today announced the open source version of its award-winning hybrid SaaS platform, Servoy 5.2 – the platform that simplifies SaaS. Servoy 5.2 combines the best of both worlds, allowing “SaaS and Back” hybrid applications — which can be deployed using cloud computing and on-premises through both a browser and a native client – all from a single code base. Servoy is the only hybrid development platform for the “Open Source” era.

“With this open source release of the Servoy Developer and Servoy Client libraries, Servoy hopes to spark contributions from talented developers worldwide and reaffirms its longstanding commitment to the open source community,” said Jan Aleman, CEO, Servoy. “We strongly believe the future of software is open – and not only open as in open standards – but also open, as in open source.

To read the press release, click here.

Flow360 Uses Servoy to Develop and Deploy Facilities and Asset Management Application

Flow360 is one of a new breed of web-based services and collaboration tools. It is designed to make the process of managing and maintaining buildings, sites and their assets as streamlined and transparent as possible. Offering ease of information exchange between stakeholders within facilities management and asset maintenance partnerships, Flow360 is a cost-effective vehicle for storing, accessing and sharing integrated information to support value-for-money service delivery.

To read the entire success story, please click here.