Wednesday Feb 18, 2009

Exciting new releases in Glassfish, Glassfish Web Space Server ..

A little belated, but anyway ;-)
  • Launch of the Glassfish portfolio : The Web stack based on Glassfish, is complete and has been launched. The portfolio consists of :
    1. GlassFish Enterprise Server: The fantastic Java EE compliant app server.
    2. GlassFish ESB: Lightweight and agile ESB platform, I have a comparison on the features between Java CAPS and ESB in one of my posts below.
    3. GlassFish Web Stack : is a complete LAMP/SAMP cross-platform portfolio of Web-tier technologies. Plugnplay, as per the customer needs.
    4. GlassFish Web Space Server: Our Portal service offering, in a new avatar. I love this, have been playing with this, since last Java One. Our customers in India, like the look and feel of this product.
  • Glassfish Enterprise manager - Similar to the MySQL model of advisors, we have released three great add-ons, for SNMP monitoring, Performance Advisor and Performance monitoring. These add-ons, come with the paid Glassfish enterprise server, hence more reasons to get a supported version, if you are using the free Glassfish server. The add-ons are available for download from sunsolve.sun.com, for customers with valid contracts. The Glassfish Aquarium has great blogs and articles on this release.
  • Sun web space server - The new portal server based on Liferay and the previous Sun portal server has been launched. The docs are available at http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1863.3?l=en and also the portal blog is alive with lots of posts and articles. Compliance to JSR 168, JSR 286, JSR 170, and WSRP 2.0, having an integrated Content management system, lots of web 2.0 gadgets, ease of installation/monitoring/administration, easy fitment with OpenSSO, TCO being highly competitive, the only "real" enterprise class open source portal server, are some of the great features, that I can see resonating with customers in India.

Wednesday Nov 05, 2008

Websynergy docs now available

The Websynergy (our open source Portal based on LifeRay) docs (for Milestone 3 build) are now available at docs.sun.com at http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/coll/1863.1?l=en&q=websynergy

Wednesday Jun 18, 2008

Sun tech event at Hyderabad

We had an event at a major SI, at Hyderabad to cover the 4 S's of Sun (Software-Servers-Services-Storage). We covered the following Software products:


It was a productive session, with lots of questions. Only regret, not having time to go out, and eat the famous Hyderabadi Biryani :-)

Wednesday May 07, 2008

Java One - day 2

Have been hopping from one event, to another event. Here are some updates frrom some of the talks, I attended:

1. Attended a talk on asynchronous ajax: Async Ajax or Comet or Ajax Push or Reverse Ajax, is a big thing this year at J1. Gtalk, Gmail, meebo.com are examples of a async ajax. 4homemedia.com, is a async ajax website running on Glassfish. As per the talk, the complet Async support (which supports async I/O, suspendible request/response and elivery guarantee) is best delivered by Glassfish with Grizzly/Comet. of course, I knew that ;-) Servlet 3.0, will add Java EE standard support in Async Ajax. This was a fullhouse session !!

2. Another fullhouse session, was on tools for Java performance. The tools, as per the talk were:
a. OS level tools like Dtrace. If you are scared by the complexity of using Dtrace, try Chime and D-Light. Dtrace is limited to Solaris and Mac OS X
b. JVM tools like jps, jmap, jstack and jinfo.
c. GC Histo is another tool for analysing GC.
d. Visual VM is a new tool on the block, which combines all the Java tools in a single integrated manner. This seems very cool.
e. JConsole is another tool. Netbeans also has a good profiler, advantage of using Netbeans is you can step through code.

3. Social networking: Apache Shindig is a apache incubator project, which enables you to do Social networking. hi5.com uses Shindig.

4. A talk on doing HDTV stuff using Java on a PC. Java ATSC receiver is the java.net project, the presenter has promised to post code soon at https://jarx.dev.java.net/.

Two announcements of interest:
1. The Sun app server has undergone a name change, yet again. "Sun Java System Application Server" to "Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server" to more clearly articulate its relationship with GlassFish. There is also an unlimited pricing option for glassfish enterprise server. Please see announcement
Unlimited Pricing for GlassFish Enterprise Server Use
Sun introduced GlassFish Unlimited pricing enabling enterprises to purchase the rights of unlimited GlassFish Enterprise Server use for a flat fee based on the number of employees in the organization. Combined with MySQL Unlimited pricing, the new pricing model makes it easier for customers to purchase two of the leading open source products.
2. Sun and Liferay have announced that they will going jointly to build a new open source based Portal platform. Sun has joined the Liferay Community to develop a common Web presentation platform that incorporates portal and integration technologies from Liferay and from OpenPortal, GlassFish, OpenSSO and other related projects. Please see http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2008-05/sunflash.20080507.2.xml for the press release, and http://glassfish.org/portal for the FAQ.
I talked to a Sun portal engineer, the next minor release of Sun Portal server 7.2, is still expected to be released as per schedule (sometime in June, I think), dont quote me on this one !!

I am proctoring a session LAB-4520 bring your laptop hand-on lab, Plugging Glassfish V3 with JSF and Jmaki. basically extending the Glassfish admin console, with your own console. There is a prize going for the best/coolest console. Grab the prize India !!

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