Saturday Dec 12, 2009

New software updates - Glassfish v3, MQ 4.4u1 and Netbeans

A bunch of great new releases and updates to Sun Software has been announced. The following are the highlights from these releases [Disclaimer – I am not the author of these writeup's, just a aggregator of information ;-) ]

Glassfish v3

The availability of the Java EE 6 and GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the first Java EE platform-compatible application server and the most downloaded Java EE application server in the world.

  • Java EE 6 is a significant release of the enterprise Java standard that delivers major productivity enhancements as well as the Web Profile, a lightweight subset of the full platform optimized for Web applications.

  • Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 enables faster time to market with rapid iterative development, the ability to run dynamic language applications, and enhanced monitoring and management.

GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is a flexible, easy-to-use, open-source enterprise platform.

  1. It offers businesses the ability to easily manage costs and reduce the complexity of their existing enterprise server deployments.

      • GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is based on the Java EE 6 reference implementation and is the first application server to support the full Java EE 6 platform.

      • GlassFish Enterprise Server does not add proprietary extensions and stays true to the Java EE standard, lowering the barrier to entry.

      • GlassFish is the most downloaded Java EE platform-compatible application server, with more than 24M downloads since 2006. It is focussed on improving developer productivity and providing an enterprise-grade, open-source application server solution for customers.

      • GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 continues to innovate by providing a lightweight, flexible platform based on an OSGi-based runtime that improves startup time and reduces resource utilization. The flexibility of GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 and the Web Profile distribution enables organizations to begin consolidating Tomcat, Java EE application server, and dynamic language application infrastructure into a single, manageable runtime.

      • GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 delivers dramatically increased productivity that comes as part of the Java EE 6 specification and enables rapid iterative development on multiple languages.

  1. GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is production-ready.

  2. GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 offers a huge range of benefits to enterprises because of its open-source approach, which ensures a large talent pool of developer expertise and a strong partner ecosystem. It also provides transparency that enables enterprises to align initiatives with upcoming product releases.

  3. Developers can easily take advantage of these new features through NetBeans IDE 6.8, the first IDE to provide complete support for the Java EE 6 platform and GlassFish Enterprise Server v3.

  4. Developers using Eclipse can use the GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse 1.2, enhanced to support the Java EE 6 platform and GlassFish Enterprise Server v3. Download it!

  5. Flexible pricing options are available.


Sun Message Queue 4.4 Update 1

MQ 4.4u1 is now shipping and is available for immediate download and purchase. 4.4u1 is included in GlassFish v3.

These are the highlights of the new features of MQ 4.4u1:

  • JMS Bridge -- for integrating to any JMS 1.1 compliant provider

  • STOMP Bridge -- a text oriented interface that can be used by scripted as well as programmed client applications

  • Embedded support for custom solutions -- Customers can now embed the MQ broker into their own application

  • IPS support -- Support for update center 2.2 as well as enabling MQ support for all types of Solaris Zones

  • A new transaction log implementation provides a 1.5x boost for persistent transactional messages for clustered configurations as well as other general improvements. You can learn more by reading the updated documentation available at [http://docs.sun.com/coll/1307.7].

      Finally, all the details are available in the technical training webinar which was recorded and is available at these links:

      Part 1 - https://slx.sun.com/1179275731 - This section covers the overview of MQ4.4 and JMS bridge

      Part 2 - https://slx.sun.com/1179275732 - This section focuses on STOMP protocol support, UMS updates, and IPS packaging

      Part 3 - https://slx.sun.com/1179275733 The conclusion

      Community users can also refer to the development information available at https://mq.dev.java.net/4.4.html.

Netbeans 6.8

The NetBeans IDE 6.8 is available for download free of charge at www.netbeans.org.

KEY UPDATES TO THE NETBEANS 6.8 IDE

  • Complete Java EE 6 Support: Java EE 6 language features simplify Java application development with less XML configuration, more annotations and more POJO-like development.

  • GlassFish v3 Support: Developers can easily target and deploy to GlassFish v3, including the new lightweight GlassFish v3 Web Profile.

  • JavaFX(TM): The latest version of the NetBeans editor provides improved code completion, hints and navigation for JavaFX.

  • PHP Support: The NetBeans IDE expands its support of dynamic languages with support for PHP 5.3 and the Symfony framework.

  • Tighter Integration with Project Kenai: Project Kenai, a collaborative environment for hosting open source projects, now delivers full support for JIRA and improved instant messenger and issue tracker integration. For more information visit www.kenai.com.

  • C/C++ Profiling: The new Microstate Accounting indicator and I/O usage monitor help developers profile and tune C/C++ applications.

  • NetBeans Platform: As a rock-solid application framework for Swing applications, the platform saves developers a huge amount of time and effort by providing commonly-used facilities such as menu items, toolbar items, keyboard shortcuts, and window management out of the box.

Additional information is available at:

NetBeans 6.8 IDE - http://netbeans.org/community/releases/68/

Java EE 6 - http://java.sun.com/javaee/

GlassFish v3 - http://www.sun.com/glassfishv3

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