By alexismp on oct. 08, 2007
Ok, so reading this post, it really seems to me like it's hard for IBM to maintain two products (WebSphere and Geronimo) in this competitive market and probably hard to explain which one is right for the customers.
If BEA was to join some existing effort, GlassFish would be a more natural choice because customers do not want to lose features (clustering) or performance and because of their recent commitment to the GlassFish JAX-WS stack.
Ok, so like everyone else I guess I need to comment on the SUNW to JAVA move. I imagine every Java developer will find this a bizarre idea and that was my first reaction. But frankly we're not the target audience and seeing how everyone and their mother feels they need to comment on this topic, I'm thinking this is turning out to be a very good communication strategy. Oh, and this is just a ticker name.
blogs.sun.com, the website with 3325+ weblogs, 3681+ users, 70416+ posts and 66976+ comments is now running on Roller 4.0 which now requires Java 5 and is built on Struts 2 and a JPA back-end. It all happened as you would expect for any SaaS. Transparently.
This JavaOne was certainly big on client technologies which probably made my friend Romain very happy. Just looking at three announcements it may sound as if these are simply clones to existing technologies: JavaFX is compared to Flash, WorldWind Java to Google Earth and Project Wonderland (and derived MPK20) to SecondLife.
They all have Java in common but that's not the point. I would argue that community work and openness is what makes plausible the promise of taking existing concepts to a new level. Open source JavaFX runs everywhere, not just in most browsers, but on all platforms. WorldWind Java is not extensible via plugins, it \*is\* a plugin. Project Wonderland is bringing business collaboration to what today is essentially anonymous gaming.
Blogs.Sun.Com (BSC) is three years old today. Thanks P@ for showing me the ropes and bugging until I started Bistro!. Tim Bray has also been the inspiration and I certainly recommend his Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career for those who've never read it.
I'm only a month and a half behind the BSC launch and this has been and still is a great adventure with 512 entries (less than 1% of the total BSC blogs) and 653 comments (just a little over 1%). This is not counting my recent contributions to TheAquarium and Stories blogs.
Thanks for all the fish!
If you're not familiar with Java Enterprise System, this is the middleware offering from Sun covering Identity, SOA, Application Platform, and High-Availability.
It's called a System because a lot of work went into integration products upfront. There is the notion of "common components". For instance only one version of a JVM is used by all products (still Java 5 for the time being). The end-result is a single installer for over 20 products dealing with dependencies, a single patching mechanism and now with version 5 a single administration infrastructure. Java ES is available as a single download (from 500Mb to 800Mb), but also as "Suites" for Solaris, Linux, Windows and HP-UX (no more compatibility matrix hell).
Main new products are Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSSE) 6, Web Server 7, Portal 7.1. Support for Solaris Zones is another big features IMO.
I've been covering this product internally at Sun for the field sales and technical teams, tracking changes, updates and I can testify how much work went into this release. It certainly removes a great deal of effort on the customer side having this all integrated, tested and architectured from the ground up to be a system. Hope you enjoy it.
Of course, there's also the business model side of things as well. The System and the Suites can be sold on a per-employee subscription basis. This is the other important part of the equation which makes the model tick.
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