Craig Walls (author of the book Modular Java) has written a nice entry about OSGi and myths around it: http://java.dzone.com/articles/dozen-osgi-myths-and.
He works around these 12 topics and bust most of the myths (except one):
- OSGi is too complex
- OSGi is too heavyweight
- OSGi isn’t a "standard"
- OSGi is too new
- OSGi isn’t ready for the "real world"
- There aren’t many OSGi tools
- OSGi is for Eclipse users
- OSGi is a solution looking for a problem
- I can get modularity without OSGi
- OSGi is difficult to test
- OSGi doesn’t have a cool name
- There are no books on OSGi
I fully agree with his thoughts. Even when it comes to the name…To be honest OSGi is really not that ‘cool’
Another nice quote:
Siemens Medical Solutions and ProSyst Software developed
solutions for maintenance of medical devices in the area of image
management systems using OSGi. (I love this example because the cliché
criteria for how established a technology is if you’d use it to launch
rockets or save lives.)