Tuesday May 15, 2007

3Rd winner GlassFish V2 Beta Contest

And we have our 3rd winner! This time from someone who is using the GlassFish application server in production. Darren Jones from the US writes: "I would love to see more collaboration with other web services implementations such as Axis2 to allow for a less painful development process. The experiences with Web Services has been painful leading up to the v2 beta. Using the testing functionality via the admin portal has sometimes required modifications to various manifest files or simply avoided all together. We have actually been using v2 build 19 in production for several months now and have been pleased with the stability. We have not had the same stability success with subsequent builds but are investigating upgrading with this latest build in hopes of using the new features while remaining stable.

Thanks Darren, your iPod is in the mail.

Tuesday May 01, 2007

2nd Winner of GF Beta Contest

ITs crunch time for Java One so I, like everyone else at Sun, have been heads down on preparing. However, we have managed to pick the 2nd and 3rd winners for the GF contest. I'll write about #2 now and after I have informed winner #3 I"ll write about them next - maybe by the end of this week.

The submissions contained the usual comments and from those there is a general trend of "its great, but..."
needs better documentation,
needs better error messages,
needs to be released "beta is not acceptable for customers",
the Eclipse plug in could be much better - (well, join the community and help improve it please!).

On the plus side, there were these comments:
GlassFish is very stable,
First impression is that it is very nice,
We like the support for domains, but there needs to be more docuemtation on strategies or patterns to use them effectively,
Runs quicker and loads faster than a lot of other app servers.

And, finally a plug for NetBeans from a non Sun entry: "Special thanks to NetBeans evangelist #!, Roman Struble!

The 2nd winner is Dick Davies from the UK and you can read his entry here. He wrote a nice blog entry about that you can read about GlassFish and SMF.

Congratulations!

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