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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: Apache and Java
Date Sun, 19 Mar 2017 09:03:09 GMT
I think it is a combination of several factors;

  * Historical - The first non-httpd project in Apache was Java, followed
by a handful of others.

  * Java is one of the big languages.

  * Some projects are spin-offs from other ASF projects

  * External Java projects knows Apache Java projects very well, through
Ant, Maven, Commons, Tomcat and many other they use. So if they seek a new
home, ASF is one of the obvious choices. For C/C++, C#, Ruby and Python,
this is not necessarily the case. There is often no natural tie between a
random solo project in these languages and ASF.

  * The above is creating a reinforcement feedback loop, giving the
impression that ASF is all about Java and perhaps overlooked for other
platforms when seeking a new home.

Hope that helps.

On Sun, Mar 19, 2017 at 4:27 PM, Spaghetti Roulette <> wrote:

> Why do Apache projects use Java so extensively? It looks to me that a lot
> of projects, if not most of them, are written in Java, and I can't get my
> head around this fact. Is there any reason, perhaps technical, or is it
> just coincidence?
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Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer <> - New Energy for Java

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