Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009
I hope that it will rise again, just as I hope that Concorde will fly again some day. In the letter to the community, Aaron Iba discusses why this decision was made, and options that you have to migrate. The timing is good in that AppJet runs on Rhino which runs on App Engine, so there is hope to port over there in short order. Here is Aarons letter:
Dear AppJet Community,
This is a notice that we are discontinuing the free appjet.net hosting service on July
2009, so that we can focus on EtherPad. We are
sorry that we have to do this, but we believe it is the best thing to do for both our
EtherPad users and our appjet hosting users.
We initially developed EtherPad as a technology demo of the next generation of
the AppJet platform, AppJet 2.0. Historically, many of the best developer tools
have emerged symbiotically from applications that used them. This was our
strategy with EtherPad and AppJet 2.0.
We expected EtherPad to be an impressive showcase of our technology, but we did not
expect hundreds of businesses to write us asking to pay for a pro version. It turns
out that EtherPad has some killer use cases for businesses and professional software
developers: getting everyone (literally) on the same page, whether it’s meeting notes
or API definitions.
As EtherPad usage grows, we are continuing to develop the new AppJet platform alongside it.
Since much of the core technology and new architecture of EtherPad revolves around
making it really realtime, the AppJet platform has evolved into what can best be described
diverged significantly from the original appjet 1.0 for which we provide free hosting.
Eventually, we may release the new AppJet platform as a standalone product, but until then,
we do not have the resources to support the legacy version of the platform.
If you are interested in keeping your app online in some form, you have some options. The
simplest way to keep your app running with minimal work is to download AppJet in a Jar and find another place to host
your app using that. The downside of AppJet in a Jar is that it requires a dedicated machine
or VPS with root access. Another alternative is Google App Engine, which has recently
We have started a new forum for discussing migration options, and we encourage
you to share your thoughts and ideas here.
From the whole AppJet Team, we wish you you the best with all your future
CEO, AppJet Inc.
I know it was a tough decision for them, and we thank them for their innovation in this area. We look forward to seeing more via EtherPad and other things they cook up.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 3:32 am