Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Commercial GlassFish Support Is Back – Adam Bien’s Interview with Steve Millidge

Adam Bien: What is the relation between C2B2 and GlassFish?
Steve Millidge: We've had a long history helping customers to use GlassFish in production environments. In fact my first ever conference speech in California was at Sun's CommunityOne conference on Monitoring and Tuning GlassFish back in 2009, so we go back a long way. We were Sun partners back then, promoting GlassFish, and our now Oracle Gold Partners. We have a number of customers we support on GlassFish and we also run the London GlassFish User group. With the announcement from Oracle we are now gearing up our effort to build up the community of contributors on the core GlassFish source to ensure a good response when bugs and patches are needed.

AB: What is C2B2's Commercial GlassFish support? What will a customer get for the money?
SM: We provide 24/7 operational support to customers deploying GlassFish in production.  Read the complete article here.

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Monday Apr 14, 2014

Migrating a Java EE App from GlassFish to WebLogic

WebLogic is Oracle's strategic application server for the Java EE Platform. Since Oracle decided to focus on it for commercial support, and decided to leave GlassFish free of any ties with commercial decisions, I decided to bring this type of content to help GlassFish customers as well users to experiment, try, and evaluate Oracle WebLogic 12c (Java EE 6 certified). But before getting down to the migration part, first thing you should learn is How to Install WebLogic 12c. For this migration tutorial in a developer environment, we will be using the Developer installation, but for production environments, we recommend the Full installation.

Full Installation
For full installation that can be used either in a production environment or in a developer environment, download the WebLogic Generic Installer and follow the steps descriped in the documentation for 12.1.2 on how to install WebLogic.

The difference between full and dev, is that full is targeted for any environment, and dev is well, for developers only. Oracle always recommend the full installation, but usually and specially for Java EE applications in a dev environment, the Development installation is enough. The good thing about it is the download size: less than 200Mb, and still you also get Oracle Coherence to play with. By the way, there is no licensing requirements for development purposes (either full or dev install), because WebLogic (and other Oracle products) are free for developers.

Required software

For this series of Migrating from GlassFish to WebLogic, I will be using NetBeans 8.0, GlassFish 3.1.2.2, Oracle JDK 7, Oracle MySQL Community 5.6, and WebLogic 12.1.2. So make sure you have that software (except WLS for now) installed and configured in your system. Read the complete article here.

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Monday Mar 03, 2014

Virtual Event: London GlassFish User Group with Adam Bien March 6th 2014

GlassFish comes with useful management API, which allows you to manipulate the GlassFish application server's configuration, including its monitoring capabilities. In this session I will introduce you to GlassFish’ monitoring and management API and how I use them in my Java EE 7 projects.

Thursday 6th of March 2014 4:30pm GMT/ 5:30pm CET
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Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

C2B2 offers Glassfish support by Steve Millidge

Oracle have just announced that commercial support for GlassFish 4 will not be available from Oracle. In light of this announcement I thought I would put together some thoughts about how I see this development.
I think the key word in this announcement is "commercial", nowhere does Oracle announce the "death of GlassFish" in contrary Oracle reaffirm;

GlassFish Server Open Source Edition continues to be the strategic foundation for Java EE reference implementation going forward. And for developers, updates will be delivered as needed to continue to deliver a great developer experience for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition so GlassFish is not about to go away soon. In a similar fashion RedHat do not provide commercial support for WildFly and only provide commercial support for JBoss EAP. Admittedly JBoss EAP and WildFly are much closer together than GlassFish and WebLogic but WildFly and JBoss EAP are absolutely NOT the same thing.
The key going forward to the viability of GlassFish as a production platform is how the GlassFish community develops;

  • How often does the community release binary builds?
  • How open is the community to bug fixes?
  • How much engineering resource does Oracle commit to GlassFish?

At this stage we just don't know the answers to these questions.

If the GlassFish open source project continues on it's current trajectory without a commercial support offering then I don't see much of a problem. Oracle just have to work harder to sell migration paths to WebLogic in the same way as RedHat have to sell migration paths from WildFly to JBoss EAP.

In the meantime  C2B2 continues to offer support for your operational JEE applications running on GlassFish and we will endeavour to work with the community to get any bugs fixed. The key difference is we can no longer back our Expert Support with a support contract from Oracle for patches and fixes for any release greater than 3.x. Read the complete article here.

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Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Glassfish alive or dead? WebLogic SE cost is less than Glassfish!

clip_image002Is a hot discussion in the community in the last few days! Send us your opinion on tiwtter @wlscommunity #Glassfish #WebLogicCommunity

We posted theGlassFishStrategy.pptx at our WebLogic Community Workspace (WebLogic Community membership required). Please read also the Java EE and GlassFish Server Roadmap Update

clip_image003Bruno Borges Another great article covering story about #GlassFish. Comments starting to be reasonable ;-) 6 facts helped a lot http://adtmag.com/articles/2013/11/08/oracle-drops-glassfish.aspx …

clip_image004Adam BienWhat Oracle Could Do For GlassFish Now: Move the sources to GitHub (GitHub is the most popular collaboration p... http://bit.ly/1d1uo24

clip_image006JAXenter.comOracle evangelist: “GlassFish Open Source Edition is not dead” http://jaxenter.com/oracle-evangelist-glassfish-open-source-edition-is-not-dead-48830.html …

clip_image008GlassFish 6 Facts About #GlassFish Announcement and the Future of #JavaEE http://bit.ly/1bbSVPf via @brunoborges

clip_image009David BlevinsIn support of our #GlassFish friends and open source in general: Feed the Fish http://www.tomitribe.com/blog/2013/11/feed-the-fish/ … #JavaEE #opensource #manifesto

clip_image008[1]GlassFishGlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.1 is scheduled for 2014. Version 5.0 as impl for #JavaEE8 https://blogs.oracle.com/theaquarium/entry/java_ee_and_glassfish_server … #Community focused

clip_image010C2B2 ConsultingC2B2 continues to offer support for your operational #JEE applications running on #GlassFish http://blog.c2b2.co.uk/2013/11/oracle-dropping-commercial-support-of.html … #Java

clip_image011Markus EiseleRT @InfoQ: #GlassFish Commercial Edition is Dead http://bit.ly/17eFB0Z < at least they agree to my points...

Adam Bien suggests:

  1. Move the sources to GitHub (GitHub is the most popular collaboration platform). It is more likely for an individual to contribute via GitHub, than the current infrastructure.
  2. Introduce a business friendlier license like e.g. the Apache license. Companies interesting in providing added value (and commercial support) on top of existing sources would appreciate it.
  3. Implement GitHub-based, open source, CI system with nightly builds.
  4. Introduce a transparent voting process / pull-request acceptance process.
  5. Release more frequently.
  6. Keep https://glassfish.java.net as the main hub.

C2B2 offers Glassfish support by Steve Millidge

Oracle have just announced that commercial support for GlassFish 4 will not be available from Oracle. In light of this announcement I thought I would put together some thoughts about how I see this development.
I think the key word in this announcement is "commercial", nowhere does Oracle announce the "death of GlassFish" in contrary Oracle reaffirm;

GlassFish Server Open Source Edition continues to be the strategic foundation for Java EE reference implementation going forward. And for developers, updates will be delivered as needed to continue to deliver a great developer experience for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition

so GlassFish is not about to go away soon. In a similar fashion RedHat do not provide commercial support for WildFly and only provide commercial support for JBoss EAP. Admittedly JBoss EAP and WildFly are much closer together than GlassFish and WebLogic but WildFly and JBoss EAP are absolutely NOT the same thing.
The key going forward to the viability of GlassFish as a production platform is how the GlassFish community develops;

  1. How often does the community release binary builds?
  2. How open is the community to bug fixes?
  3. How much engineering resource does Oracle commit to GlassFish?

At this stage we just don't know the answers to these questions.

If the GlassFish open source project continues on it's current trajectory without a commercial support offering then I don't see much of a problem. Oracle just have to work harder to sell migration paths to WebLogic in the same way as RedHat have to sell migration paths from WildFly to JBoss EAP.

In the meantime C2B2 continues to offer support for your operational JEE applications running on GlassFish and we will endeavour to work with the community to get any bugs fixed. The key difference is we can no longer back our Expert Support with a support contract from Oracle for patches and fixes for any release greater than 3.x. Read the complete article here.

6 Facts About GlassFish Announcement By Bruno.Borges

Fact #1 - GlassFish Open Source Edition is not dead

GlassFish Server Open Source Edition will remain the reference implementation of Java EE. The current trunk is where an implementation for Java EE 8 will flourish, and this will become the future GlassFish 5.0. Calling "GlassFish is dead" does no good to the Java EE ecosystem. The GlassFish Community will remain strong towards the future of Java EE. Without revenue-focused mind, this might actually help the GlassFish community to shape the next version, and set free from any ties with commercial decisions.

Fact #2 - OGS support is not over

As I said before, GlassFish Server Open Source Edition will continue. Main change is that there will be no more future commercial releases of Oracle GlassFish Server. New and existing OGS 2.1.x and 3.1.x commercial customers will continue to be supported according to the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy. In parallel, I believe there's no other company in the Java EE business that offers commercial support to more than one build of a Java EE application server. This new direction can actually help customers and partners, simplifying decision through commercial negotiations.

Fact #3 - WebLogic is not always more expensive than OGS

Oracle GlassFish Server ("OGS") is a build of GlassFish Server Open Source Edition bundled with a set of commercial features called GlassFish Server Control and license bundles such as Java SE Support. OGS has at the moment of this writing the pricelist of U$ 5,000 / processor. One information that some bloggers are mentioning is that WebLogic is more expensive than this. Fact 3.1: it is not necessarily the case. The initial edition of WebLogic is called "Standard Edition" and falls into a policy where some “Standard Edition” products are licensed on a per socket basis. As of current pricelist, US$ 10,000 / socket. If you do the math, you will realize that WebLogic SE can actually be significantly more cost effective than OGS, and a customer can save money if running on a CPU with 4 cores or more for example. Quote from the price list:

“When licensing Oracle programs with Standard Edition One or Standard Edition in the product name (with the exception of Java SE Support, Java SE Advanced, and Java SE Suite), a processor is counted equivalent to an occupied socket; however, in the case of multi-chip modules, each chip in the multi-chip module is counted as one occupied socket.”

For more details speak to your Oracle sales representative - this is clearly at list price and every customer typically has a relationship with Oracle (like they do with other vendors) and different contractual details may apply.

And although OGS has always been production-ready for Java EE applications, it is no secret that WebLogic has always been more enterprise, mission critical application server than OGS since BEA. Different editions of WLS provide features and upgrade irons like the WebLogic Diagnostic Framework, Work Managers, Side by Side Deployment, ADF and TopLink bundled license, Web Tier (Oracle HTTP Server) bundled licensed, Fusion Middleware stack support, Oracle DB integration features, Oracle RAC features (such as GridLink), Coherence Management capabilities, Advanced HA (Whole Service Migration and Server Migration), Java Mission Control, Flight Recorder, Oracle JDK support, etc.

Fact #4 - There’s no major vendor supporting community builds of Java EE app servers

There are no major vendors providing support for community builds of any Open Source application server. For example, IBM used to provide community support for builds of Apache Geronimo, not anymore. Red Hat does not commercially support builds of WildFly and if I remember correctly, never supported community builds of former JBoss AS. Oracle has never commercially supported GlassFish Server Open Source Edition builds. Tomitribe appears to be the exception to the rule, offering commercial support for Apache TomEE.

Fact #5 - WebLogic and GlassFish share several Java EE implementations

It has been no secret that although GlassFish and WebLogic share some JSR implementations (as stated in the The Aquarium announcement: JPA, JSF, WebSockets, CDI, Bean Validation, JAX-WS, JAXB, and WS-AT) and WebLogic understands GlassFish deployment descriptors, they are not from the same codebase.

Fact #6 - WebLogic is not for GlassFish what JBoss EAP is for WildFly

WebLogic is closed-source offering. It is commercialized through a license-based plus support fee model. OGS although from an Open Source code, has had the same commercial model as WebLogic. Still, one cannot compare GlassFish/WebLogic to WildFly/JBoss EAP. It is simply not the same case, since Oracle has had two different products from different codebases. The comparison should be limited to GlassFish Open Source / Oracle GlassFish Server versus WildFly / JBoss EAP. Read the complete article here

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Friday Aug 16, 2013

Mastering Glassfish Training by Markus Eisele – October 8th – 9th 2013 Munich Germany

Markus Eisele Oracle ACE Director will run a Glassfish Training in Munich. The training will include: installation, configuration, cluster & high availability, development & deployment from applications with NetBeans.

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Monday Jul 22, 2013

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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Monday Oct 29, 2012

WebLogic 12c and Glassfish ppt presentations

We updated our WebLogic Community Workspace with the lastest customer facing presentations in ppt format: We recommend to use this presentations for your customer meetings, please feel free to add your service offerings, references and Specialization information:

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Friday Mar 16, 2012

C2B2 is now an Application Grid Specialized Partner

Thanks to C2B2 to become an Application Grid Specialized Oracle Gold Partner. With the Specialization C2B2 has proven successful implementations of WebLogic and certification of their WebLogic experts. You as a customer can choose our Specialized partners to make your project successful!

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Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

WebLogic 12c experience Markus Eisele

Markus Eisele   ACE Director published several WebLogic 12c articles:

Quickstart WebLogic 12c with NetBeans 7.1 RC 2

WebLogic server 12c is out since a few days. It is for "naked" Java dev – the fancy Fusion Middleware stuff will move on to 12c down the line. So, this is basically my release to run. Today I am giving you a quick start with latest NetBeans 7.1 (RC 2) and WebLogic to run the Pet Catalog example with MySQL . To read the full article please visit Markus Eiseles’s blog.

Installing and Using the NEW WebLogic 12 Maven Plug-In for Deployment

You might know, what the WebLogic Maven Plug-In is available since WLS 10.3.4.0 . This nice little plug-in has been revised and updated with the recent WebLogic 12c release. To read the full article please visit Markus Eiseles’s blog.

Oracle Announces Availability of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c – first experiences!

Oracle announces Oracle WebLogic Server 12c the latest release of the #1 application server in this very minute. In exactly one hour from now you can attend the online launch, Developer Deep-Dive, December 1, 11:00 a.m. PT ( Register here ). Read the complete press release . To read the full article please visit Markus Eiseles’s blog.

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