Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

Extreme Portability: OpenJDK 7 and GlassFish 3.1.1 on Power Mac G5!

Occasionally you hear someone grumble about platform support for some portion or combination of the Java product "stack". As you're about to see, this really is not as much of a problem as you might think.

Our friend John Yeary was able to pull off a pretty slick feat with his vintage Power Mac G5. In his words:

Using a build script sent to me by Kurt Miller, build recommendations from Kelly O'Hair, and the great work of the BSD Port team... I created a new build of OpenJDK 7 for my PPC based system using the Zero VM.

The results are fantastic. I can run GlassFish 3.1.1 along with all my enterprise applications.

I recently had the opportunity to pick up an old G5 for little money and passed on it. What would I do with it? At the time, I didn't think it would be more than a space-consuming novelty. Turns out...I could have had some fun and a useful piece of hardware at the same time. Maybe it's time to go bargain-hunting again.

For more information about repurposing classic Apple hardware and learning a few JDK-related tricks in the process, visit John's site for the full article, available here.

All the best,
Mark

Thursday Mar 01, 2012

Welcome to the Jungle

Greetings, and welcome to the Java Jungle! We'll cover a lot of ground here, traveling some well-worn paths and blazing a few new trails as well. My plan for this site is to explore anything that might be of interest or use to the greater Java community. So...what might you see on these pages?

Discussions about Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application servers...rich-client development...mobile platforms...web apps...performance tuning...JVM languages...IDEs...the list is nearly limitless. Java as a language, an environment, and a concept is huge. We won't cover it all, but if it's Java-related, it's probably fair game.

Please feel free to drop me a line with any suggestions or requests you may have by clicking this link. Thanks for stopping by!

All the best,
Mark 

About

The Java Jungle addresses topics from mobile to enterprise Java, tech news to techniques, and anything even remotely related. The goal is to help us all do our work better with Java, however we use it.

Your Java Jungle guide is Mark Heckler, an Oracle Java/Middleware/Core Engineer with development experience in numerous environments. Mark's current work pursuits and passions all revolve around Java and leave little time to blog or tweet - but somehow, he finds time to do both anyway.

Mark lives with his very understanding wife, three kids, and dog in the St. Louis, MO area.



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