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Description about the history of ACDK.
In the 90s Roger Rene Kommer (it's me) in corporation
with Micromata GmbH developing software solutions
for material handling system using C++, C, Perl and Tcl
on Solaris machines.
The focus of these software starts with (near-real time)
controlling robot hardware and ends with connections to
(beyond any time) enterprise data warehouse
systems like SAP.
- Threading / distributed computing
- Near- realtime for controlling hundreds of hardware
- 365 days, 24 hours availability
- Support of may protocols:
TCP/IP, Profibus, Serial, Wireless terminals,
OSI, CORBA, etc.
- Integration of Scripting languages.
- Has to run on multiple platforms
- Has to be managed by average programmer.
- Implementation has to be in a narrow time frame.
- Errors should be avoided by library design.
- Good logging/tracing/debugging features.
Because the available technologies didn't match
these requirements (including Java), we decided
to develop an C++ library, which provides a framework
to make development in system/enterprice integration
area easier, faster, cheaper and more reliable.
I decided to use Java as model, because it has many
advantages in the development process.
The first version of ACDK was a in house development of
the Micromata Objects GmbH in 1999 with a focus on
an ODBC SQL and SAP RFC implementation.
In this time I designed and implemented the core of ACDK.
Contributions are developed by Wolfang Jung and
1999 much money was on the market to be invested
in young companies with a good product.
We made a business plan with ACDK (called Maja)
as core technology. But at the end of 1999 we to stop
searching an investor, because the conditions to develop
and market such a product with venture capital doesn't
fit to our idea of a technology company.
Unfortunately the project business with material handling systems
didn't develop as we expected, so we liquidate the
company Micromata Object GmbH at the end
of the year 1999.
Contributions are developed by Juergen Baumann,
Wolfgang Jung, Achim Brelle and Mauro Niro.
We implemented also an Application server for
distributed marketing ('Atrax'). The clients was implemented
with Java. Contributions are developed by Kai Reinhard
and Tung Ngo.
I renamed library to ACDK, Artefaktur Component Development
Kit. Artefaktur is my consultant company.
Because I have no intention to make money directly with ACDK,
I published ACDK as open source (LGPL).
Beside my consultant business (for several german large companies)
I constantly working on ACDK in my spare time.