Wednesday Jun 27, 2007

4th and Final Winner of GlassFish Beta Contest

We have finally choosen our 4th winner - it took so long because the 1st few winners never responded to our messages.  Let this be a lesson to all you who enter contests!  Enter a valid email address and check your email every week or so as you never know when you might be a winner!
 
Wes from the USA is our 4th and final winner. He writes "I'm new to application servers, but the performance alone is worth
considering a migration from Apache! However, simple tasks in Apache, such as protecting a directory from public access, are reasonably difficult for new users of GlassFish. I especially like the administration interface look and design, but unfortunately, there isn't much to change in many sections unless you are intimately familiar with the innards of this server as many of the areas to tweak are cryptic and don't have a listing of available parameters to change and the available values. In this case, Webmins Apache module is much easier for novices to learn from. Server restart should be able to be done completely from the web GUI...not just a shutdown, go to CLI to
restart.

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who entered the contest!

Thursday Apr 19, 2007

Ubuntu and GlassFish

Ubuntu, the wildly popular Linux distro has announced their latest release (v7.04 "Feisty Fawn") and it now includes Java SE, GlassFish (Java EE), Java DB and NetBeans. For the first time developers do not have to go navigate to 5 different Web sites, find an implementation that kind of works, download it, fix it and then use it. Now, these distros are all available as optimized images for install with Ubuntu in one place. This, of course, makes it much easier for Ubuntu users to get what they want easily and in one place. Why did this take so long? Well, my only answer to this is that, these things take time and removing software licensing encumberances and developing entirely new packageing takes A LOT more time. I've been close to this project for 4 months and, what seems from the world out side Sun as a simple task, became a full time job for a number of dedicated engineers. On the Sun Ubuntu Page there are links to Ubuntu, the projects, how they are supported and other useful links. The latest version of Ubuntu is here.

And,now that Michael Dell uses Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, even he can get access to Java and tools easily!

Sunday Apr 01, 2007

And we have the 1st winner in the GlassFish V2 Beta contest!

The GlassFish V2 Beta contest has produced its first winner, but before I talk about them, let me cover some of the interesting feedback we have been given. We had roughly 50 entries to the contest from folks all over the world - Russian Federation, Germany, Thailand and the USA to name a few - that is pretty exciting! In general, the comments are mostly very positive and some are just...interesting. Remember the engineers get all your comments and use them to A)cheer themselves up B)gripe about why you don't love the code they have sweated over for years and C)improve GlassFish!

On the Interface
"The UI looks much better than it did in previous versions" "At first glance, I really like the interface. It looks nice, clean and simple. I like a simple interface". "It is great to see a JSR admin GUI...it seems more robust that the previous version" and, my favorite: "The administration console which has more configuration options than the JBoss equivalent without being overy complex like the Weblogic equivalent"

Stability
"GlassFish is very robust and stable", "Stable product, takes little resource to to work", "Installs like a charm,...stable and reliable", "My Wicket Web app ran the first time".

Community
"Need more Japanese informations about GlassFish to increase users in Japan..same for most Asian countries)" ( I think this is true in general so please join the community and help translate documents - Ken)

Interesting Comments
"(GlassFish) can be deployed on obsolete hardware" - (Yes, and all of us are forced to use obsolete hardware at sometime! - Ken) "Really it is good to use and it was Faster than the Microsoft Product" - (I am really happy to hear this. I haven't used the MSFT Java EE 5 implementation, but look forward to the opportunity ;) - Ken)

Mac Users
"On my MacBook, the application server seems to start faster than V1". "The installation process worked well in console mode. It, however, did not work when using X11 on MacOS 10.4 for the display"

So the 1st winner (remember we have 3 more to go) is Tim Davidson out of the UK. To read his full comment just click here.

Monday Mar 26, 2007

Test a Fish, Win an iPod

The GlassFish V2 (Java EE 5) beta is up and running. It's been up for 2 weeks and we've got only 50 entries so far - not many - so the chances of winning one of the iPods is pretty good. It's simple, just go and download the Beta Bits, enter the contest, Contest Rules (it's a link off the Admin console - we need something to make sure you've downloaded and installed the bits) then fill in the form with your opinion. It's pretty easy, but beware, answers like "I like it" are not likely to win. We are looking for insightful, compelling comments so it might take you a few minutes to write your entry. I"ll be blogging about some of the comments this week and we'll pick our first winner (from the 1st 2 weeks of the contest) this week!

Wednesday Nov 22, 2006

Sun's App Server is #2 in latest Evan's Survey AHEAD of IBM

There is alot of press about the IBM interpretation of the latest Evans data on application server use by developers. IBM spins the data as they are growing faster than JBoss. This may be true and when you are growing from a small base, its always easier to "outgrow" someone who has a large base.

What I find interesting is the REAL data from the Evans Fall OSS/ Linux Developer Survey - the survey that asks Linux developers what they use, you find that that the application servers they develop on are: #1 is JBoss, #2 is Sun and #3 is IBM. (In this case it was NOT IBM's community edition but their commercial version.) This data is very revealing. The open source community has quite a few application servers to choose from these days and they are tending to use the supported, commercial based ones. Early on, developers used open source because it was open source, now, it seems, they are getting a bit more pragmatic and are choosing the more robust application servers. I think the Sun application server has a 4 things going for it 1) its Java EE 5 compatible, 2) its free to download and deploy (as is the GlassFish open source app server), 3) it is based on the robust commercial code that Sun has been supporting for years and 4) there is a transparent migration path up to the enterprise grade, high availabilty version.

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