lundi nov. 22, 2010

Couple of recent but important news you might have missed


• Java SE 7/8 platform and language JSRs have been filed ! (for some background information, check out "how to read a JSR" and "Majority or 2/3rds?").

• Release of NetBeans 7 Beta, with JDK 7 language construct support (and hints!) and a lot more. This beta version ships with GlassFish 3.1 build 29.

mardi nov. 16, 2010

A day @ Devoxx, all about Java EE 6

My first day at Devoxx was exhausting but quite satisfying. Our "Java EE 6 Tutorial, reloaded" session went very well, with all 15 demos working flawlessly, including the 4 new client demos, new slides for CDI, a "Gotchas" section and an overall pass on the slide deck. The feedback (questions, discussions, tweets, ...) was very good and many asked about the address for the demos, so here it is: http://beginningee6.kenai.com/ (code is in the trunk, we'll tag it soon). The slides are here.

In the afternoon, Antonio and myself decided that three hours of talking wasn't enough so we took on to run a Hands-On Lab for another 3 hours. This was another set of reasons for satisfaction: 40+ people (full room) with no one leaving because of technical issues (quite rare in HOLs) and lots of good conversations comparing NetBeans to other IDEs, JSF to Struts, CDI/EJB to Spring, etc...

Overall it seems people attending were happy going through the (admittedly simple) three exercises on JSF, JAX-RS, and CDI. Those exercises and the instructions document are available from this URL. Check the README.txt file which will tell you which projects to use (with or without Maven).

Of course, as always, lots of familiar faces and fun discussions. Now looking forward to the keynote sessions tomorrow (JavaSE) and Thursday (JavaEE).

dimanche nov. 14, 2010

Javaholics Unite (at Devoxx 2010) - a Java EE perspective

Devoxx 2010 is starting in a few hours and I'll be on the train tomorrow to Antwerp. I'll have a pretty busy schedule with a tutorial, a hands-on lab, and a BOF.

So this year again, I'm giving a Java EE 6 Tutorial with my friend Antonio Goncalves. We called it "reloaded!" for a reason: it is not a repeat. A lot has happened in the past 12 months: Java EE 6 was released (and GlassFish had 3.0 and 3.0.1 releases), Oracle finally acquired Sun, CDI is getting traction, vendors are delivering, and to be bluntly honest, we've made progress in our understanding of the platform. So expect demos (including a number of new ones), new topics (mainly CDI), putting Java EE 6 portability to the task with an additional runtime, and a few new fun things. The session is at 9h30 on Tuesday.

Devoxx is having Hands-On Labs for the first time this year and attendees will be able to attend a self-paced, Java EE 6 Lab on the Tuesday afternoon which would be a great follow-up to the morning session. The only requirement for this is to come with a laptop with NetBeans 6.9.1 (java version with GlassFish) loaded (no more Maven required, it's just a bad idea with conference wifi). The rest is in the instructions we'll hand out at the beginning of the session. I'll blog after the conference about where you can find everything to work through those three exercises and get you feet wet with Java EE 6.

In other Java EE 6 festivities from fellow colleagues :
• Paul Sandoz will be able to discuss how JAX-RS integrates with the rest of the Java EE platform as well as present content from the recent JSR proposal for JAX-RS 2.0 (packed with useful stuff IMO).
• Linda DeMichiel will cover JPA 2.0 (I tend to learn something new every time I hear a JPA 2.0 talk) and a more advanced talk about the Java Persistence Criteria API.
• GlassFish architect Jérôme Dochez will cover the HK2, multiple-purpose kernel in his "HK2: Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle GlassFish Server, and Beyond" session and will, of course, lead the GlassFish BOF.
• Ludo will cover the tooling aspects comparing NetBeans, Eclipse and IntelliJ when it comes to supporting the Java EE platform today.

They will all be giving the Java EE future keynote on Thursday morning.

There are many more interesting server-side sessions from the guys at JBoss, a must see performance by Adam Bien, a couple WebSockets presentations [1], [2], some OSGi talks, and a lot more.

Beyond the (almost) mandatory "Future of Java" and other JDK 7 talks, I'll also try to hit the NoSQL, Cloud and DevOps sessions, time and socializing permitting.

jeudi nov. 11, 2010

Random (but useful) News - 2010/11/11

GlassFish Podcast on Play! to celebrate their 1.1 release and their GlassFish container.
• First patch release for GlassFish 3.0.1. This is for paying Oracle GlassFish Server customers. Others will get the fixes as part of 3.1.
• Details on CDI/Weld in the upcoming GlassFish 3.1 release. Hoping memory and performance issues are all behind us.
Oracle JVM strategy clarification. Best quote: "We estimate that the contribution of code from JRockit into OpenJDK will be one of the largest - if not the largest - single contributions to the project since its inception."
• Get The Facts: MySQL Licensing and Pricing. Community Edition still free+GPL+InnoDB.
JDK 7 Support in NetBeans IDE 7.0. Ok, when do I find the time to try this all out?

and last but certainly not least :
Apple Joins OpenJDK!, (with some details from an Apple engineer).

lundi nov. 08, 2010

Did you know?

• that "Java for Business" has offered Java 1.4.2 and Java 5 (both EOL'd) support to paying customers for the past 3 years ?
• that Doug Lea committed to working on OpenJDK ?
• that Oracle proposed the Apache Foundation and Red Hat for the JCP ratified seats ?
• that JCP membership is free for individual members ?

just sayin'...

vendredi nov. 05, 2010

JFall 2010 - Yet another great Java conference

The folks in the NLJUG certainly know how to build a community and run events. JFall 2010 was in a new location this year (rather small Nijkerk, but you can get to pretty much anywhere in The Netherlands by train) and it was sold out at 1000+ attendees. And this is just a couple of weeks before Devoxx, another major Java conference literally miles away.

The conference started off with Danny Coward's keynote which was really well attended. His content had meat (JavaME, JavaSE, JavaFX, and JavaEE) and the feedback was positive. At diner with Bert and the rest of the NLJUG team the day before, I was told that my Java EE 6 talk had the most registrations and indeed the room which was used for the keynote looked far from empty even with 6 tracks in parallel. My talk focused on Java EE 6, how we got there, and what's causing the revival of flamewars on some community sites and overall excitement for the new platform. I managed to cram servlet3, ejb31, and cdi10 in a 3-minute closing demo. Reading the tweets after the talk seemed to indicate that people liked the session and learned several things.

Later in the day, I delivered a hands-on lab no less than three time with a total of 60 or so participants getting a feel for Java EE 6. The updated code and instructions for the labs are here. This went well after I realized we'd have no network and moved to non-Maven projects. GlassFish 3.0.1 and NetBeans 6.9.1 proved to be a good simple and sufficient combination for the labs (most people installed them on the spot).

I really enjoyed the discussions there on the night before, after a my talk, over lunch, during the labs and on the train on my way back. Lots of energy. So much for a dying Java community and technology!

mardi nov. 02, 2010

A new voice for Java from Oracle - The Java Spotlight Podcast

Roger get-a-blog Brinkley and Terrence Barr started a new weekly podcast, called the Java Spotlight. My colleague Dalibor Topic and myself are also participating in a panel. The first episode is already out with an interview with Mark Reinhold, Chief Java Architect on the future of Java SE recorded at JavaOne (Plan A, Plan B), a news section and more.

We've just recorded the second episode which should be up shortly with an interview of Steve Harris, Senior Vice President of Application Server Development at Oracle on the Sun acquisition, Java EE, and future of GlassFish.

Here are the compulsory podcast coordinates :

• Homepage (blog): http://javaspotlight.org/
• Podcast feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/thejavaspotlightpodcast
Subscribe from iTunes
• Feedback: feedback-AT-javaspotlight.org

PS: No, this does not mean that the GlassFish Podcast is going silent.

jeudi oct. 28, 2010

GlassFish 3.1 Milestone 6 is out !

As part of my various Java EE 6 and GlassFish presentations, I was in Luxemburg last week visiting the YaJUG. The other speaker having declined a few weeks before the event, I ended up doing a two part presentation, the second one focused on GlassFish (slides). I think both went well but I'll confess that I received the same feedback from three different attendees - GlassFish 3.x needs to have clustering before it is seriously considered as a strategic runtime for their company (lots of banks in Luxemburg).

I honestly didn't think that lacking clustering in 3.0.x was such a big issue for the following reasons:
• Java EE 6 and modularization (HK2/OSGi) were more important
• people are still building Java EE 6 applications
• GlassFish 2.1.1 provides state of the art clustering today for Java EE 5 applications
• GlassFish 3.1 (which has Clustering as its main theme) will follow the 3.0.1 release by less than a year to provide a second-generation Java EE 6 product with centralized admin, load-balancing, and HA.

Now, perception is more important than my personal take on this so, here's where GlassFish 3.1 stands :
• it is feature-complete and Milestone 6 was released just today, so try that build out : Full distro (79MB), Web Profile (51MB)
• Shreedhar discussed some of the HA improvements (see this post on TheAquarium)
FishCAT is back!

Get the full schedule from the GlassFish Wiki.

lundi oct. 11, 2010

IBM, Oracle et OpenJDK

Même court, ce billet pour signaler l'annonce de l'arrivée d'IBM dans le projet OpenJDK. Plus de détails ici. C'est du lourd...

Java2Days 2010 : server-side heavy, with still all the fun

I'm back from Sofia and another java2days conference. As it was the case last year, the agenda was pretty heavy on server-side content with Java EE, Spring, CDI, and cloud-related talks. This year the conference also had two additional tracks to cover mobile and cloud (not sure how those went, I was busy preparing slides and attending sessions in the bigger room). I was presenting on Java EE 6 adoption and OSGi for GlassFish and Java EE developers. Both sessions had great attendance and a good set of questions (after the talk since 45 minute-sessions made it really hard for me to leave time for Q&A). The SAP folks in particular (large team based on Sofia) had a number of questions around OBR, P2, Felix vs. Equinox, etc...

I enjoyed meeting Reza Rahman again who seems to be working hard on passing the Java EE 6 Web Profile TCK for Resin. Reza presented on CDI, testing Java EE (which I had very much enjoyed at JavaOne) and an informative talk on how the JCP works. Arun has more details on the speaker's diner which, as always, was one of the highlights of the conference.

While I didn't attend the other tracks, I had interesting discussions with James Ward (Adobe), Andreas Jakl (Nokia), George Reese, Josh Long (now at VMWare/SpringSource), Vladimir Pavlov (SAP), Katya Todorova (SAP), Werner Keil (JCP EC member) and was happy to meet again with Andrew Lombardi, Talip Ozturk, Vassil Popovski, ... I even did a podcast with Damon Edwards & John Willis some 24 hours after hearing the term "devops" for the first time (yes, I've been living in a cave).

With 500 attendees, I think this was yet another great conference. Let's have some more Java SE content next time (there will be plenty to talk about in 12 months)!

lundi oct. 04, 2010

New GlassFish Podcast Episodes (Masoud, Adam Bien)

It's that interview season again on the GlassFish Podcast!

Episode #67 is an interview with Masoud Kalali who I had the chance to meet for the first time at JavaZone in Oslo. I'm glad we finally met and I hope to have Masoud again on the podcast sometime soon to discuss more topics.

Episode #68 features Java EE rock star Adam Bien (Java Champion, consultant, author, blogger and much more) who I caught right after JavaOne 2010. In fact the discussion turned out to be very interesting but a bit long for a single episode (per my very own standards) so part 2 will show up in a few days. Lots of ground covered: Java EE of course but from the perspective of someone spending 80% of the time with large customers.

More episodes are planned for the weeks to come, so if you're interested, subscribe (Feed, iTunes)!

lundi sept. 27, 2010

javaOne 2010 : Java EE 6 Panel "What do we do now?" notes

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I was privileged to be moderating this year's Java EE panel at JavaOne (session 313278). We had a great list of panelists and a lively discussion. Here are my notes:

Panelists (from left to right)
• Adam Bien (individual)
• Jim Knutson (IBM)
• Emmanuel Bernard (JBoss, Red Hat)
• Reza Rahman (individual, Caucho)
• Krasimir Semerdzhiev (SAP)
• Roberto Chinnici (Oracle, spec lead)
• David Blevins (OpenEJB, Apache Geronimo)
• Alexis MP (Oracle, moderator)

Platform and API Adoption
JBoss is feature-complete (RC1) for the Web Profile, probably final in the Fall. Two more months before Caucho Resin is final. WebSphere is in Beta and WebLogic is working on it (GlassFish of course, has had a full implementation since the spec was released in December 2009).

Jim (IBM): adoption for JSF 2.0 (performance), servlet 3.0 and JPA 2.0 (mappings) seem to be very strong. Also JAX-RS (which unfortunately is not in the web profile and as such not part of the upcoming Resin 4 release). Krasimir (SAP) mentions EJB 3.x. Reza says people are very satisfied after studying Java EE 6. In some cases Java EE is back in people's radar. Emmanuel (JBoss): people like the consistency and tight integration of the platform. David (OpenEJB) : achievements with EJB's in WARs, singletons, asynch may replace JMS. Roberto (Oracle) on JAX-RS having helped REST become a mainstream technology for Java developers. Adam: migrated all his EAR's to WAR's, removed Quartz and replaced it with EJB Timer, removed a bunch of interfaces. RESTful resources as EJB removes layers, this is good. Event model in CDI is maybe one of the best features. Some of Adam's customers use EJB's and CDI without knowing that it's JavaEE which is the best possible sign that they're focusing on business logic.

CDI
CDI is a bit of a special case. Some think that it's powerful but that this power comes with complexity attached. Adam disagrees in terms of complexity of code (@Inject is really all you need to get started). JBoss/Emmanuel says that people are excited by CDI but portable extensions still not known by most. Jim: not that much demand for the time being, complexity might be causing some people to shy away from it but there is a lot of power there and adoption will come no doubt about it. Reza: the fact that it's part of the web profile is the reason they're certifying, also all Resin early adopters are coming for its CDI implementation. Need to re-align more of the platform in Java EE 7. Adam: CDI is like insurance, if there's a need for integrating additional frameworks, anything's possible with portable extensions, yet 90% of the projects don't need it. SAP: CDI is great but some people still haven't gotten their heads around Java EE 5 yet.

Java EE vs. Spring
Adam: I would never put Spring and Java EE together because there's too much overlap. Also from a business point of view, you'd need support from two companies (Spring and AS vendor) which typically don't like each other, so that's a big risk. Reza: there are a several reasons to integrate both: gradual migration, leveraging Spring's work (integration APIs). Adam replies that for new applications, there really should only be one as the injection styles overlap too much. IBM says it's hard to align technologies like Spring with the specification planing requirements, in particular JSR 330 does not quite allow for the integration of Spring, using a CDI-style of injection will offer greater fidelity. EE needs more work there. David Blevins says they're looking at a Guice implementation of CDI. Krasimir agrees that many projects do start from scratch so Java EE is the right choice.

Impact on tooling and testing
Krasimir: EJBContainer is a huge step forward. Emmanuel: tooling should help the developer and not be a requirement. For testing, JBoss has the Arquillian project (sort of next-generation Cargo), also works with GlassFish. David: would be neat to be able to inject resources in test code (OpenEJB working on that). Reza says trend in JavaEE is towards annotation and being more Java-centric (type-safe). Resin has no tooling plans but will integrate with Arquillian and is also developing and end-to-end testing solution. Adam: just use APIs, wizards are always suspicious and prevent people from using different tools (often the case in projects). Still looking for good unit tests (currently using junit 4, jmock, mockito). OpenEJB and GlassFish embedded help too. Roberto says that tools are also there to help people learn (NetBeans has a lot in store for that). Wizards also now produce clean annotation-based code if you decide to use them. Krasimir: tools are key because this is how most people experience and use the platform so they need to improve on a regular basis. Calling people to contribute to Eclipse. IBM: tooling evolved mainly in EE 5. Now more coverage with EE 6.

Questions from the audience
• CDI vs. JSF annotations (@ManagedBeans for instance) ? => Need to streamline some of this in future releases. CDI beans build on top of JSR 250 ManagedBeans. Need more of that throughout the platform.
• SpringMVC and CDI? => Technically possible: use CDI beans as controllers (but Reza says they're not seeing enough demand for SpringMVC to do the work).
• Java EE vs. Spring? => Reza: different approaches, make your own decision. Jim: don't reap out what works well. David: chose the platform you believe in and that will listen to you in the long run.

Java EE.next
Roberto (see also his technical keynote for details): Cloud as a focus, modularity as enabler (built on top of what JDK will offer). Also need to track emerging technologies (WebSockets, HTML 5). Need to evolve the specification and not let it up to vendors to implement. Jim: JavaEE can mostly run in the cloud today, bigger problem is dealing with putting large app together: need a modules system. Krasimir: really wanted modules to be there in EE 6 so couldn't agree more. David: more generalization of the various annotations across the platform. Reza: modularity can't be the only value-proposition of EE.next, also need realignment of underlying technologies.

Java EE 6 is here today, go ahead and try it out!

vendredi sept. 24, 2010

HK2, multi-purpose kernel

Eduardo already covered GlassFish presence and commitment from Oracle in this post but I'd like to emphasize the HK2 part to point out that with this kernel now making its way into WebLogic, it's the only micro-kernel used in more than one application server. In fact HK2 is now used in the leading Open Source application server as well as in the leading commercial application server. More details on HK2 and how it's used in WebLogic were discussed in "HK2: Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle GlassFish Server, and Beyond" (S319438).

Beginning Java EE 6 Hands-On Lab from JavaOne 2010

Following up on my previous blog post, my JavaEE 6 hands-on lab (S313277) with Mathieu from Serli was fully booked a few weeks before JavaOne so the organizers asked for a repeat which was scheduled only a few days before the conference start.

This repeat session filled out in a couple of days I believe. The content for that lab is heavily inspired by the "BeginningEE6" project which was initially developed as a companion to Antonio Goncalves' "Beginning Java EE 6 and GlassFish 3" book (2nd edition is now out btw and seemed like a best seller at the conference). This JavaOne Hands-On Lab was an introduction to some of the new features in the platform and is somewhat more polished (certainly the instructions are meant to be extensive).

You really can't do justice to Java EE 6 in a 2-hour lab with technical issues bound to happen, so it covered one improved API and two new Platform APIs: JSF 2.0, JAX-RS 1.1 and CDI 1.0. While openworld.vportal.net has a link to the instructions document, you can also get its latest version from here (includes setup, three exercises and a troubleshooting section). Code can be found here.

JavaOne 2010 Technical Keynotes

I don't really attend keynotes to learn something new (it's pretty much my job to know this stuff before). Rather, I try to sense how people react by following tweeter tags and by being in the room. This year's JavaOne Technical Keynote with Mark Reinhold, Roberto Chinnici, and Greg Bollella was no exception.

For both Mark's and Roberto's part of the keynote, this was clearly split into two categories: the people that felt that covering plan A/B, JDK 7/8, project Coin, and all the great new features of Java EE 6 was really old stuff and those that we're genuinely excited by most of what they've heard. On the Java EE side of things I believe this was certainly the right balance.

Imagine that the vast majority of developers don't go to JavaOne, don't read blogs, don't tweet, and don't spend time downloading new open source projects and libraries. Yet, some people still found the so-called old content to be extremely useful. I certainly found the final thoughts on how Java EE should evolve for the cloud to be useful (watch the full keynote, not the highlights that trimmed the most important part :( ).

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