Thursday Feb 12, 2009

Web Space Server Basic Intro

As part of the big GlassFish Web Space Server launch, I have created a brief (7min30sec) intro demonstrating downloading, extracting, starting up, and looking at the packaging and filesystem layout of GlassFish Web Space Server.  Also I briefly look at Update Center and how Web Space Server is managed through it.  It's a Quicktime .mov file.  If it doesn't appear below, you try the mediacast page that hosts it.

Thursday May 29, 2008

Portal Server 7.2 Released

Today (ok! It was really last week but the marketing page finally got updated) we released the next version of Portal Server, version 7.2 [Download].  Based on the open source OpenPortal code & community, this version brings a bunch of new features.  The Release Notes details the features.  I even updated the Wikipedia entry :) But more importantly, this is the first of the modern portal versions that has been released independently, meaning not bundled with any larger offering, resulting in smaller downloads, more modularity, and less overall baggage that was introduced with previous bundles.

A general picture of the components of Portal 7.2 and how they are structured is below: 

Some highlights of this release include:

If you get a chance, please check the latest release out (see free download link above).

Wednesday May 07, 2008

Sun/Liferay Initiative

Today @ JavaOne Sun and Liferay announced a dual initiative to develop next generation web technologies (details and FAQ).  That's the marketing tagline.  I just wanted to expand a bit on what this means, the benefits, and what's next.

Sun already produces a free, open source portal offering through the OpenPortal project.  The next release (7.2) is slated for later this month.  For existing and new enterprise customers, this release contains new features and capabilities such as theme tooling, delegated administration, JSR 286 (Portlet 2.0) support, Google Gadgets integration, and integration with human workflow engines via SAW.

Liferay also produces a free, open source portal offering - Liferay Portal.   It also has a number of great features such as integrated content management, a host of collaboration capabilities (blogs, wikis, social networking), and support for publishing portlets to MySpace and Facebook. 

Sun's new offering will continue our tradition of providing a high-quality, enterprise-ready application platform.  What's new you ask?  Well, here are a few points to make regarding what's changing in the Sun stuff:

  • Incorporation of Liferay Portal Server as the base portal platform which provides features such as the desktop, themeing, role-based content delivery, communities, as well as a number of features contributed by Sun such as Portlet Container 2.0, WSRP, and OpenSSO integration and integrated into the Liferay community.
  • New features to take advantage of modern web-based APIs for doing multi-language mashups, including developer tooling (e.g. in NetBeans) to vastly simplify widget and mashup creation.
  • Syndication of widgets and mashups via REST

Besides features, the Sun and Liferay communities are partnering to exchange engineering and architectural designs for mutual benefit, contributing code back and forth, and generally fostering a communal effort that is greater than the sum of its parts.  Visit the details and FAQ page for more information, and download links so you can try out the working demo, which is based on Liferay, GlassFish v3, and MySQL.

Also, check out this screencast (also included on the CD/memstick mentioned below) showing multi-language inter-widget communication using this new platform.

Also, if you are attending JavaOne, be sure to visit the Sun GlassFish and Portal booths, and Liferay booth and grab a memory stick or CD and tee shirt, and say hi!


Sunday Oct 21, 2007

Geertjan's interview with openInstaller IDE Author Vadiraj Deshpande

Vadiraj Deshpande, NetBeans extraordinaire and openInstaller guru was recently interviewed by Geertjan, the famous NetBeans writer and blogger, and had some very nice things to say about developing the openInstaller IDE using NetBeans!

A screenshot can be found below showing the simple "generate installer" button that integrates into NetBeans IDE when the plugin is installed.  In addition, there is a standalone IDE that can be used to create more complex installers.






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