RIA Integration for .NET and Java Using WebORB Community Edition
Coders seeking to connect their clients built in Flex, Flash, Ajax and Silverlight to .NET, Java, PHP and Rails often have questions about WebORB Community Edition, such as: What is it? Where can I find it? How does it stack up against Enterprise Edition? What are the limitations? How is it licensed? This post will hopefully answer these questions and make it easier for coders to find Community Edition.
What is Community Edition?
Community Edition is a free version of WebORB for .NET and WebORB for Java (WebORB for PHP and WebORB for Rails are free open-source products) that allows you to not only connect your clients built in Flex, Flash, AJAX and Silverlight to either .NET or Java backends, but it also supports most of the functionality you find in Enterprise Edition, such as streaming media, data management, real-time messaging and developer productivity tools.
What are the Limitations with Community Edition?
Community Edition does not support clustering or running in an environment where there are multiple licensed WebORB products. (You'd want Enterprise Edition for those use cases.) Also, if you have a .NET environment, IIS is required to run Community Edition.
Is Community Edition the product I download from your website?
Yes and no. The product you download from our website is the Enterprise Edition running in "development mode". Development mode is FREE, but limits IP connections to the WebORB server to 5 IP addresses and requires IIS if it is WebORB for .NET. When you activate your Community Edition license key through the licensing tab in the WebORB console, the activation process configures WebORB to run as Community Edition, removing the 5 IP address limitation, but restricting deployment to one server.
How is Community Edition licensed?
We allow one free Community Edition license per company, which is appropriate for running a single instance of WebORB for .NET or WebORB for Java on one server running up to 8 processor cores with unlimited IP connections.
Where can I find Community Edition?
You can apply for a free Community Edition license here: http://tinyurl.com/yk7xoy6 All we ask is that you help us a little bit with spreading the word about WebORB, which is why we ask for some publishable information from you.
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