Thursday Jan 22, 2009

No longer adventurously web serving

I have been working with, on, and around Web Server (known variously in that time as Netscape Enterprise Server, Netscape FastTrack Server, iPlanet Web Server, Sun ONE Web Server, Sun Java System Web Server, and now Sun Open Web Server) and Proxy Server since June of 1997. In that time I have known many fantastic people. Far too many of them to name them here, but fantastic people all.

I am saddened and apprehensive that today, Jan 22, that time is (evidently) at an end. I have been caught in Sun's most recent Reduction In Force (RIF).

Anyone that I have worked with that cares to reach me can do so via LinkedIn. My contact information is kept current there.

Thank you Netscape, AOL, iPlanet and Sun for allowing me to work on great products with great people. I am saddened to see this chapter of my life closed, but I am privileged to have been a part of this for the last twelve years.

Tuesday Jan 13, 2009

Open Web Server launched!

I'm really excited to announce that we have completed the work to oped source the core of Sun Java System Web Server under the BSD license. This project offers a sub-set of Sun Java System Web Server's features, but is the same highly scalable HTTP server that drives many of the most demanding and secure Web sites.

The project site is here.

A feature comparison of Open Web Server and Sun Java System Web Server is here.

Developer documentation and build instructions are here.

Open Web Server is a part of the larger Web Stack community within the OpenSolaris project.

We welcome your feedback and participation within the OpenSolaris Web Stack community. 

Friday Dec 12, 2008

Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 4 released

I am happy to announce that Web Server 7.0 Update 4 has been released. It can be downloaded  here.

The Release Notes are here. In addition to bug fixes and stability improvements, this release introduces better compatibility with CGI and FastCGI applications by providing REQUEST_URI and SCRIPT_FILENAME variables, support for default-sun-web.xml, and certification of OpenSolaris 2008.11 as a supported platform.

All users of Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 through Sun Java System Web Server 7.0 Update 3 and prior releases are encouraged to upgrade.

Friday Nov 14, 2008

Sun Blogs, a Web Server 7 reference deployment

A paper has been published describing how blogs.sun.com uses Web Server 7.0. A great article from Meena and Murthy.

 It's also worth looking at an older article detailing how forums.sun.com  uses Web Server 7.0. Another great article from Meena and Murthy.

Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

Open Sourcing Sun Web Stack, Web Server, Web Proxy Server

Today at OSCON Sun announced many things that I think are cool, but two of them have special value to me.

  1.  We are open sourcing the core functionality of our Web Server (known variously as Sun Java System Web Server, Sun ONE Web Server, iPlanet Web Server, Netscape Enterprise Server) and our Web proxy Server (known by the same various brands as our Web Server). The code will be under the BSD license providing the maximum possible portability of the project, and  will bring Sun more fully into the open source HTTP server community. This will happen on the OpenSolaris Web Stack community sometime in CYQ3 2008.
  2. Sun will be offering production support for the \*AMP stack on Solaris, OpenSolaris, and various Linux flavors. The Sun Web Stack will be a product of the OpenSolaris Web Stack community and a continuation of the work already released as Cool Stack. Support wilol be available in CYQ3 2008.

Exciting times around the ol' Web Tier water dispenser.

General Press Release

ComputerWorld article

Friday Dec 21, 2007

Web Server 7.0 Update 2 released

We've been working diligently on Update 2 for nearly six months. There's some really substantial behind-the-scenes performance improvements (the most significant of which are applicable to all platforms, not only Solaris) that allowed the T5220 launch to set a new world record SPECweb2005 benchmark:

http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/t5220/benchmarks.jsp#4

Web Server 7.0 Update 2 also introduces a PKCS#11 bypass feature to achieve better SSL performance out-of-the-box, more administration options, Solaris Monitoring Framework (SMF) integration, certification on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and the introduction of 64-bit binary support for Linux, NetBeans 6 support, bug and stability fixes, an integrated news feed to keep users up-to-date, and much more!

Be the first on your block to install Web Server 7.0 Update 2! Burn it on a CD/DVD and hand it out at holiday parties. Makes for a great Secret Santa gift.

Download:
https://cds.sun.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/CDS-CDS_SMI-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductRef=SJWS-7.0U2-OTH-G-F@CDS-CDS_SMI

Tuesday Oct 09, 2007

New Niagara 2 systems announced

The new Niagara 2 systems have been announced. They're sweet boxes. The T5220 is an incredible workhorse, and has just posted world record SPECweb2005 benchmarks.

Read more on the Web Tier blog.

Great job guys! Fricken awesome!

Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

MSIE 6, PNG, and Web Server 7

MSIE 6 handles PNG Alpha Channels really badly. For years now I've not used them because of MSIE 6's poor implementation, and this means modern browsers that can handle them have not been working at their best while I designed with badness in mind.

"Stupid MSIE 6," I'd grumble as I made yet another low bit-depth image, edges aliased to an "average" background color, a single background color. "I was making GIF images like this in 1996. When does The Future start?"

So now I've decided to just present craptacular images to MSIE 6 and let all the rest of the browsers in the world (including MSIE 7) get that Alpha Channel Loving they crave. Here's how I did it without have to modify a single HTML file or PHP application.

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Tuesday Aug 14, 2007

Forrester review of Sun in the App Server Market

Forrester has published a review of Sun's offerings in the App Server market. Generally a positive review I think:

What a difference 18 months makes. Sun Microsystems trailed the field in our 2004 evaluation of application server platforms and is a solid Strong Performer in this year's evaluation. Sun's platform grew substantially with its acquisition of SeeBeyond, and the company has spent about a year integrating those products with its Java Enterprise System (ES) modules. The SeeBeyond products, now called the Sun Java Composite Application Platform Suite (CAPS), provide very strong SOA, integration, and business process management (BPM) features relative to the competition. Sun's platform products don't yet have the "extreme battle testing" of IBM and BEA Systems, with the exception of its Web and Directory Servers.
[Read More]

Thursday Aug 02, 2007

sed and white space removal

Several months ago I wrote about an NSAPI Output filter that could be used to strip extra white space from HTML. At the time I also commented that with the release of Web Server 7.0 there would surely be a better (or at least easier) way to do the same task.[Read More]

Friday Jul 20, 2007

More on image link blocking

A long while ago I wrote about blocking external linking to images on Web Server 6.1. That solution has been working really well for me for a long while, but I've found it to be lacking for my Gallery2 install, and I've been wanting to improve on it for Web Server 7.0.[Read More]

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

Web Server 7.0, Gallery2, and URL Rewriting

I've been putting off rewriting the Gallery2 mod_rewrite rules for a while for Sun Java System Web Server 7.0. I finally decided to tackle it though, and have been quite pleased with the results so far.[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

Just talkin' 'bout Web Server

I've stumbled across two external blogs (well ... one blog and one content aggregation point) with interesting information about Sun Java System Web Server:

Derek Crudgington blogging about his Web Server experiences

Learning Solaris aggregation of Web Server articles

Thursday Apr 05, 2007

Sun on Sun - So shiny!

This just makes me smile:

# telnet blogs.sun.com 80
Trying 72.5.124.56...
Connected to blogs.sun.com.
Escape character is '\^]'.
HEAD / HTTP/1.0

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Server: Sun-Java-System-Web-Server/7.0
[Read More]

Monday Mar 12, 2007

PHP in a hosted environment

A question was asked on our forums about how to use PHP and FastCGI in a hosted environment. The goal was to give each user their own PHP process in order to protect each user from potential security and performance problems associated with sharing a PHP engine with several virtual servers.[Read More]
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