A new open source project aims to be a lightweight and simple solution for enterprise application integration and SOA.
GIntegrator by Tiago Cury runs on top of a Java virtual machine and uses a simple language to describe message routing rules.
It requires Java 6 and Groovy 1.7 for compiling components or “transformers”.
GIntegrator allows people to build an SOA-based environment with less detailed knowledge of the internals.
“SOA is a complex architecture [and] embraces a lot of technologies [like] XML, Schema, BPEL, WSDL, Soap, Dependency Injection, OSGi and so on,” According to Cury.
“GIntegrator encapsulates all these technologies in a transparent fashion and gives users an interface to describe the message routing rules. The users don't need to known about XML, Schema, Beans and others SOA technologies.”
GIntegrator leverages the principles of enterprise integration patterns. Enterprise integration patterns can be implemented with a framework like Apache Camel.
Features include point-to-point and publish-subscribe channels, regex and XPath message filtering, XSLT message transformation, content-based routing.
GIntegrator has adapters for the virtual machine, console, files and databases. It has Java properties to configure the adapters, a business logic filter (Components) and a routing language to describe message routing rules.
GIntegrator is available under the Apache 2.0 licence. The project is hosted at Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/gintegrator/.