Sunday Feb 26, 2012

WebLogic Server Weekly for February 27th: WLS 10.3.6 Releases, RESTful Management Services, SSL Offloading, Using Arquillian with WebLogic Server, Feature Version Timeline

Oracle Announces Availability of Oracle WebLogic Server 11g (10.3.6)

Last week, Oracle was pleased to announce the availability of Oracle WebLogic Server 11g (10.3.6). This release is the latest patchset in the 11g line and contains several new features. The full set of new features and certifications can be found in the What's New document.

Several interesting feature highlights:

  • This release of WebLogic Server adds support for Java SE 7.
  • With JMS, you can configure a JDBC TLOG store to persist transaction logs to a database.
  • With DataSources, you can configure a WebLogic data source to allow a connection to set database credentials when connecting to an Oracle database and you can configure a WebLogic data source to allow a client to connect to an Oracle database through an application server as a proxy user.
  • Support for GlassFish Web descriptors.
  • With Web Services, Jersey JAX-RS Reference Implementation (RI) Version 1.9 is now delivered as a shared library.

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Arquillian with NetBeans, WebLogic 12c, JPA and a MySQL Datasource

Markus continues his exploration of the Arquillian Testing System, this time using WebLogic Server as the server under test. Nice work Markus, I've been wanting to get an example of doing this out myself and you've saved me the effort.

EJB an MDB best practices on WebLogic Cluster

Michel Schildmeijer offers some tips and advice for using EJBs and MDBS in a WebLogic Cluster based on a recent client engagement.

So I decided to bundle some tips for JAVA programmers how they should configure their EJB, MDB and Servlet applications when they will be deployed on a WebLogic cluster.

WebLogic Server Feature Timeline

Dr Frank Munz has produced a feature timeline for the various WebLogic Server releases based on his own knowledge and perusing the documentation sets.

SSL offloading and WebLogic server redux - client x.509 certificates

The Oracle A-Team have posted a reminder of how to configure WebLogic Server to handle SSL and client-certificate authentications.

I recently had to revisit the subject of SSL offloading and WebLogic server to include the ability to do client certificate authentication. I was specifically doing this for use with Oracle Access Manager 11g, but the configuration steps are identical whether you are using OAM or just WebLogic.

A Quick Look at RESTful Management Services with WebLogic Server 12c

Andreas Koop takes a quick look at the new RESTful Management Services that are avaialable with WebLogic Server 12c, demonstrating how it's possible to access the current status of a WebLogic Server domain, cluster and associated resources using a REST client.

With these capabilities it' possible to implement a custom monitoring solution. A slim mobile wls monitoring app (and more)! => Hands on;)

Monday Feb 06, 2012

Seeking your feedback on WebLogic Server installers for developers

Hi Everyone,

We normally use this blog to tell you about new things in WebLogic Server or to let you know about upcoming events. This time, I’d like to use this blog to get some feedback from you.

We are currently working on our next WebLogic Server release. Over the last couple of releases, we’ve focused a bit on developers: added Maven plug-ins, added support for Java EE 6 with all of its developer friendliness, and added a Zip download. We’ve gotten some feedback on the Zip download, and we’re considering making some changes to it, but before we do, we’d like to understand what is best from your point of view.

Here is the feedback we’ve received so far (from both internal and external sources):

  • Like the small size
  • Like the simplicity
  • Like the dev environment usage possibilities from the combination of Maven and the zip file
  • Don’t like the post-unzip process
  • Don’t like the fact that I can’t patch the installation using patch tools

We’ve looked at a couple of options, and I think it boils down to the following choices:

  Keep the current Zip Installer for Devs Provide a new Jar Installer for Devs
Size Small Small
File Format Zip Jar
Installation steps
  1. Unzip
  2. Run configuration script
  1. java -jar filename
Installation Processing sets up minimal installation artifacts sets up installation artifacts same as the zip + others needed for patching and compatibility with other Oracle products (inventories)
Resulting Capabilities
  • cannot be patched using normal tools/processes (add to classpath only)
  • cannot be used as the basis for JDeveloper or other Oracle development product installations
  • can be patched using normal tools/processes
  • can be used as the basis for JDeveloper or other Oracle development product installations
  • Keeps zip format
  • 2-step installation process
  • Limitations of installed bits
  • Well-known jar format
  • 1-step installation process
  • Few limitations of installed bits

If you could choose between these two, which would it be?

Please go to our survey to answer this question. (You can also post a comment on this blog.)



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