Friday Aug 14, 2015

WebLogic: Past, Present and Future by Michel Schildmeijer

clip_image002Oracle WebLogic is for quite some years the key platform for Enterprise Java Applications. Through its long history of development and building, it has become the most complete, mature and stable application server platform, ready to serve old technology but more than ready for the coming new technologies which are following up each other in a speed that no one would ever thought of. This article will give you an overview of how WebLogic started, how it became the platform as it now is, and what to expect in the future. Enjoy reading!

WebLogic: Ancient History

If you browse on the internet and enter “weblogic” (Myself, I prefer, as a WebLogic geek, always to type its original Camel Case written name WebLogic) you will find some Wikipedia pages with a timeline and history about the versions that has passed, up to the latest versions ( if the Wikipedia pages are updated).

But how did it all begin? I was eager to hear it in person from one of the founders of WebLogic back in 1995, before the BEA era, Laurie Pitman.

Four young people, Carl Resnikoff, Paul Ambrose, Bob Pasker, and Laurie Pitman, became friends and colleagues about the time of the first release of Java in 1995. They all had a Master Degree in various areas of expertise, and they had come together kind of serendipitously, interested in building some web tools exclusively in Java for the emerging Internet web application market. They found many things to like about each other, some overlap in our interests, but also a lot of well-placed differences which made a partnership particularly interesting. They made it formal in January 1996 by incorporating. Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

Encrypt & decrypt your way into WebLogic SSL by Michel Schildmeijer

clip_image002The title of this blog may seem a bit cryptic…. In this article I’d like explain some basics of the the SSL implementation in WebLogic. This blog is meant for people who are not familiar with SSL, especially in combination with WebLogic.

In my experience, SSL is usually a bit of a black box for many junior and medior administrators who work with middleware, so I will try to clarify some of it in special relation to WebLogic. To understand this, there are also some generic parts to discuss. SSL is a technique to secure a point-to-point socket connection, in  the so-called transport layer which will be secured.  It provides secure connections for interfaces or (web) applications to connect and authenticate each other’s identity, and  by encrypting the data traffic between those interfaces or application back ends.

Authentication allows a server, and sometimes optionally, a client to verify the identity of the application on the other end of a network connection. SSL uses the public key encryption technology for this. With public key encryption, a public key and a private key can be generated for a back-end server. This key is used to encrypt data before sending. After the client has recieved the key, it can decrypt it using that same key. So data encrypted with the public key can only be decrypted using the corresponding private key and vice versa.

It’s is like sending a locked safe with some transportcompany along with a note which contains the unlock combination. The public key is embedded in a digital certificate with additional information about the initiator of the key. This information may consist of name, street address, email address, company information and some geographic information. A private key and a digital certificate provide an identity for the server. The data embedded in a digital certificate is verified by a certificate authority and digitally signed with the certificate authority’s digital certificate.

Well-known certificate authorities include Verisign and Entrust.net. The trusted certificate authority (CA) certificate establishes trust for a certificate. Below is an overview of a “happy SSL flow”: Read the complete article here.

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Wednesday Dec 14, 2011

WebLogic 12c experience Michel Schildmeijer

Michel Schildmeijer Technical Author at Packt Publishing and Oracle Fusion Middleware Solutions Architect at AMIS Services published several WebLogic 12c articles:

WebLogic 12c questions and answers

I collected some Q&A for you during the WebLogic 12c launch so here they are:

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To read the full article please visit Michael Schildmeijers’s blog

WebLogic 12c released!

New or enhanced WebLogic 12c features

  • JAVA EE 6 support all kinds of JEE6 specifications are implemented like :
    • JSF 2.0,Java Servlets 3.0 JPA 2.0 and EJB 3.1.
    • Managed Beans 1.0
  • WebLogic 12c also supports supports Java SE 7 (and Java SE 6).
    • Java language optimizations and Internationalization
    • Client and server support
    • SSL/TLS 1.2 in JSSE to support JAVA Socket Transport security
    • Converged Java VM:JRockit and HotSpot are  incorporated with the best features from both.The JVM convergence will be a multi-year process, which was confirmed during my presence at Oracle’s Publisher Seminar 2011 during OOW

I won’t discuss the full list in this blog because there’s more about WebLogic than only (although very important of course!) the JAVA EE 6 specifications.

  • Support for IDE’s. WebLogic already supported JDeveloper 11.1.1.5, but will come out with the 11.1.1.6 later on. Also suported are Eclipse and NetBeans 7.1 IDE. As said, the JDeveloper 11.1.1.6 and IntelliJIdea IDE will be supported in a later timeframe.
  • New enhanced WebLogic Maven Plug-in See the various new options below in this scheme

As you can see, you can even build a simple domain or control it out of Maven!

  • WebLogic 12c provide upgrades from
    • iAS with automated tooling
    • WebLogic 11g
    • GlassFish redeployment – With a built in GlassFish descriptor recognition for Re-Deployment to WebLogic Server
    • JBoss and webSphere with migration services

To read the full article please visit Michael Schildmeijers’s blog

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For all WebLogic Administrators and Developers we highly recommend Michel Schildmeijer’s book:

Overview of Oracle Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials

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Wednesday Nov 09, 2011

Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials book and eBook

Overview of Oracle Weblogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials clip_image002
  • A practical book with step-by-step instructions for admins in real-time company environments
  • Create, commit, undo, and monitor a change session using the Administration Console
  • Create basic automated tooling with WLST
  • Access advanced resource attributes in the Administration Console
  • eBook available as PDF, ePub and Mobi downloads and also on PacktLib

Oracle’s WebLogic 11g Server is an application server for building and deploying enterprise Java EE applications. WebLogic’s infrastructure supports the deployment of many types of distributed applications and is an ideal foundation for building applications based on a Service Oriented Architecture. This book will guide you through the important administration aspects of WebLogic server.

Oracle WebLogic Server 11gR1 PS2: Administration Essentials is a focused step-by-step tutorial that provides an overview of the important administrative tasks performed by WebLogic Server administrators.

This book will teach administrators the techniques for installing and configuring Oracle WebLogic Server and how to deploy Java EE applications using the Administration Console, command-line interface, and scripting tools such as WLST. It starts with a good overview of the techniques needed in the middleware world of today. Clear explanations of definitions and concepts of JEE and how Oracle WebLogic fits into this picture are also provided. The book then dives into performing routine Oracle WebLogic server administration functions, and how to deploy different types of Java EE applications to WebLogic server.

A focused step-by-step handbook for WebLogic administrators

What you will learn from this book :

  • Get started with techniques for installing and configuring WebLogic Server
  • Understand important WebLogic domain concepts including domain creation and configuration
  • Master the different ways to perform routine Oracle WebLogic Server administration functions including creating and configuring a domain, disabling and enabling the Administration Console, deploying applications, and much more
  • Deploy large-scale Java EE applications to servers and manage them
  • Learn how to create a managed server and its relationship with nodemanager
  • Understand, use, configure, and test JDBC and JMS
  • Learn about basic security and audit concepts
  • Get to grips with several server patterns such as JVM, JDBC, and JMS for debugging a problem
  • Monitor your application server using GUI and command-line tools including automation scripts
  • Customize Administration Console preferences

Approach

This book is written in an easy-to-read style, with a strong emphasis on real-world, practical examples. Step-by-step explanations are provided for performing important administration tasks.

Who this book is written for

If you are a web server administrator looking for a quick guide for performing routine and important WebLogic server administration functions, including configuring WebLogic server and deploying Java EE applications, then this is a perfect book for you. No knowledge of administering WebLogic server is required.

Language : English
Paperback : 304 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2011
ISBN : 1849683026
ISBN 13 : 978-1-84968-302-9
Author(s) : Michel Schildmeijer

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