Glassfish Overview

Aaah good ol’ GlassFish! So, what does it look like and how do I use it? These were the questions that came into my mind when I first heard about it. I think the first time when I got a chance to install it and try it out was back in 2008. During that time I was developing quite a small and simple web application and I was kind of freaked out when I got the server up and running. I still remember some jokes with GirlFriends and GlassFishes.

Why was I freaked out? Because it looked so big and enterprisey. It had a nice big web-based management console, asadmin and what not.

So, what makes GlassFish so special? I think the most special thing is that it is developed by Oracle, so it comes from the home of Java - our bread and butter.

GlassFish can be downloaded from http://glassfish.java.net and there are two options available: GlassFish Open Source Edition and Oracle GlassFish Server. What’s the difference? Oracle says that the Oracle GlassFish Server is the world’s first implementation of the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6 specification. The GlassFish Open Source Edition is as well, but it doesn’t come with all the same features as well as having the “somebody to blame”-s from Oracle when things go wrong. Read the full article “The Great Java Application Server Debate - Glassfish - ZeroTurnaround.

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