Technology a case of lost interest? is one of the most popular free Java hosting services that I have been using since long. Two years back Javalobby had revived the erstwhile mycgiserver (with much fanfare) when its founder Horst was planning to end the show. The service was renamed under the flagship of Javalobby and seemed to do well.

However, last month’s activities at the site indicates that Rick has probably lost his interest in the effort. Since last month the sites’ services have had technical hiccups, most of the sites, including Chittha Vishwa, a Hindi blog aggregator, throw errors (java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class and scores of people have been registering their complaints but to no avail. Javalobby’s Mathew acknowledged that the problem appear post upgrade to JDK1.6 with Resin not being able to find the new javac but was non-committal, “We’ll look into whether we can get it fixed.” And perhaps that’s the reason the problem hasn’t been fixed till date.

People like me who use the “free” service obviously cannot demand much but it is painful to see the excellent service languish this way. If Javalobby has really lost interest, I would have appreciated a candid formal announcement.

By Debashish Chakrabarty

Debashish Chakrabarty, a Software Consultant based at Pune, has been on the Internet since the “geocities” days but opened his Blogger account in October 2002. Apart from this blog he also maintains a Hindi blog NuktaChini.

4 replies on “ a case of lost interest?”

It’s really painful to see a service go down like this. It appears Matt et al are more interested in promoting and improving and talking about the general Java community than actually walking the talk. Yes, yes I know it has been free but that really is no reason to shalack the users out of the blue.

The Javalobby group has clearly lost interest. Funny thing is few of my standalone JSPs still work there like the one here so there is a conflict of the container with few libraries which they could have atleast documented so that we could have changed our code.

Mustafa: I would advise PHP 🙂

I was using this service for past 2 yrs. This was the only service which provided free and reliable JSP hosting. since this has died, i guess i will have to convert it all to asp…which i hate to do as a java programmer.

Still getting NoClassDefFoundError… It is a sad thing. There are not too many places to get free hosting.

I wish they would give a yes or no to the question of if they are going to fix it or not. Looks like it is a “no”.

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