Monday Dec 21, 2009

Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference Replays Available

Following up on the release of Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3, we held an online virtual conference last week and I'm pleased to share replays of all of the sessions are now available.  For those that weren't able to attend or missed a session or two, this is a great way to catch up and watch the sessions at your leisure.

The sessions available for replay are:

  • Java EE: The Foundation for Your Business
  • Java EE 6: An Overview
  • GlassFish v3 - Java EE 6 Reference Implementation & Beyond
  • Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) 3.1 Features
  • Jersey, JAX-RS and REST with GlassFish v3
  • Java Servlet 3.0
  • Java Persistence API (JPA) 2.0
  • Java Server Faces (JSF) 2.0
  • Web Services in GlassFish
  • Context Dependency and Injection (JSR 299)
  • OSGi in GlassFish v3
  • Dynamic Languages with GlassFish v3
  • Tools for GlassFish v3: NetBeans and Eclipse
  • Grizzly: NIO & Web Framework. Comet using GlassFish
  • Monitoring, Management in GlassFish v3
  • Java EE Connector Architecture 1.6

I hope some of you take advantage of the opportunity and a little free time over the break to tune in!

Sunday Dec 13, 2009

More Response to the Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Launch

See the first round of articles I found gleaning the web on our launch last week of Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3, but here are more:

Thursday Dec 10, 2009

Initial Response to Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Launch

As you can imagine, there has been a lot of activity in the blogosphere resulting from our launch today of Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3.  A sampling:

  • Sun Releases Java EE 6, GlassFish v3, and NetBeans 6.8 - A nice DDJ article.  One highlight: "One development feature that I find particularly useful is Session Retention. With this, while debugging a problem in your web or enterprise application, as you make changes NetBeans and Glassfish save your session and application state so that you don't need to restore it each time you restart Glassfish."
  • Sun Ships GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 - eWeek article with a nice quote on a very important point.  "Developers can start with the Web Profile and grow to the entire platform as their needs grow."
  • Java EE 6, GlassFish v3 and NetBeans 6.8 Released - InfoQ story that includes a nice Q&A with Roberto, one of the Java EE 6 spec leads.
  • Sun releases Java EE 6 - Another summary story, this one from SDTimes.
  • GlassFish v3 - The First List of Firsts - A great list of items you may not be aware of.
  • First look at GlassFish v3 performance - Not completely scientific and tuned, but results show v3 is better than v2 (which itself set world record benchmarks in the past), and significantly better than JBoss and Tomcat.  In fact, JBoss and Tomcat failed to complete the scale test even with fewer users than GlassFish was able to support on the same hardware.

Wednesday Dec 09, 2009

GlassFish Enterprise Server v3: The First Java EE 6 Compatible Application Server

Today we released Java EE 6 and the Java EE 6 SDK.  In addition, we've also released GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the first Java EE 6 compatible application server.

This is the culmination of over 3 years of work by many members of the JCP, community, and engineers at Sun and other companies that have contributed to the specifications and implementations of them, and interestingly comes nearly 10 years to the day since J2EE 1.2 was released in December of 1999.  My thanks go to all involved, particularly the members of my team that made this all possible.

Naturally, one might ask, why is this important?  You can see the Java EE 6 and GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 press releases for more details, but I'll highlight some of the important things here.

Java EE 6 is important for many reasons, not the least of which is that it continues the development, maturation, and innovation of the standard for enterprise Java development.  Past releases of Java EE have continued to add few features and capabilities from servlets, EJBs, and JMS in early releases, to rich Web services support and ease of development features like annotations and EJB 3.0 in Java EE 5 three years ago.  Java EE 6 continues to add new features like RESTful Web services, dependency injection, and annotation additions for Servlets further reducing the amount of code a developer must write, but also aims to provide a more extensible and more flexible platform through the introduction of profiles and pruning.

With the Web Profile, there is now a standard set of components defined as part of the specification that will allow compatible implementations optimized for modern Web applications where the full Java EE stack is not required.  This will result in lighter weight servers requiring fewer resources that start in a fraction of time past Java EE servers have required.

But a fantastic specification is of little use without a commercial product being available that customers can confidently deploy their applications to knowing that it is ready for such use and that has the backing of an organization ready to support it.  This is why GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is so important, as it is available today, at the same time as the SDK.  And with the introduction of the GlassFish v3 Web Profile, developers and organizations can use a platform optimized for modern Web applications while at the same time knowing they are using a standard and product that will allow them to move up to full Java EE 6 at any time without requiring any changes or re-implementation.

While a straight forward implementation of Java EE 6 would be very valuable given the strides it has made, GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 goes much further in a number of areas.  These include a modular runtime based on OSGi providing for a faster startup and loading of only those components that are required, the ability to run containers for other languages like JRuby and Jython, an Update Center for updating components and adding new components through an easy to use console, and new iterative development features that enable and edit->save->refresh development cycle for Web applications where redeployment is not required and session state information is preserved.

But realizing the benefits of a great server is only enhanced when you have great tooling.  That is why the announcement of the release of NetBeans 6.8 is also very important, as just like GlassFish is providing a full commercial Java EE 6 implementation at the same time as the SDK is released, NetBeans is also providing full support for Java EE 6 with this new release.  For those that prefer Eclipse, there is also a new GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse that has been enhanced to add support for Java EE 6.

I can only write so much in a blog entry, and those that have made it this far are probably interested in learning more, and so I'm also pleased to announce that there will be an on-line virtual conference next Tuesday December 15th.  Please visit the registration page to sign-up and prepare to participate in a number of sessions covering a summary of what is in Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 as well as detailed sessions on EJB 3.1, JPA 2.0, JSF 2.0, OSGi, and much more.  The spec leads and other developers and experts will be on-line to answer your questions as well.

In summary, visit our Java EE 6, GlassFish v3, and NetBeans 6.8 sites to learn more and download the bits, and register for the conference to take advantage of the information and access that will provide you.  We are confident you will like what you see!

Tuesday Dec 01, 2009

Java EE 6 Approved by the JCP

I was pleased to see that JSR-316, better known as Java EE 6, was approved by the JCP Executive Committee today.  You can see the voting results on the JCP web-site.

While I can't say I waited up until midnight to check the voting like Roberto Chinnici, the spec lead for Java EE 6, I was anxiously awaiting the results this morning.  Roberto has a nice write-up on his blog, but suffice it is to say this is a pretty big deal as there are numerous new features and updates in the areas of ease of development, extensibility, and right-sizing including:

  • Servlet 3.0 - Significantly reduces the amount of code/descriptors required
  • JPA 2.0 - Provides flexible modeling capabilities, expanded O/R mapping functionality, and more
  • Web Profile - A subset of the full spec optimized for Web applications

The Web Profile in particular is exciting because it provides a way for vendors to offer smaller footprint, faster starting, and just generally more nimble servers that will allow developers to rapidly build modern Web applications adhering to the Java EE spec allowing them to move up to the full spec whenever needed with virtually no changes.

Stay tuned for more news about Java EE 6 and GlassFish in the next few weeks, but if you are interested in learning more about Java EE 6, take a look at John and Harpreet's recent webinar


Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

Thoughts on Java EE and GlassFish from Oracle Open World

As I mentioned last week, we were able to get a number of talks on Java EE 6 at Oracle Open World and the Oracle Develop conference going on as I write this in San Francisco.  In looking for folks thoughts and reactions to what they saw, I came across a blog entry by Cay Horstmann that I thought hit on a bunch of the key points we were hoping to share there so deserved a mention.

A few quotes from his blog:

"I cannot overemphasize how much simpler EE6 is than just about any web programming model I know. All of the bad parts of the old EJB are gone. No XML. No crazy packaging of WARs and JARs inside EARs. Annotate your beans and persistent objects, and let the container worry about the database, transactions, clustering, and so on."

"Similarly, if you haven't given GlassFish v3 a try, you are in for a very pleasant surprise. It is fast. Startup is not just faster than JBoss, but faster than Tomcat! Hot deployment works great, there is a nice admin UI and a scriptable command line interface, and the Eclipse and Netbeans integrations are first-rate. I can't see myself going back to Tomcat—there just would be no point."

If you want to learn more, visit and download GlassFish v3 Preview which will give you early access to these new capabilities Cay mentions.

Friday Oct 09, 2009

Java EE 6 at Oracle Open World and Oracle Develop

Oracle Open World comes around every fall and while Sun has been a sponsor in the past, for the first time, at least in my recent memory, we will have sessions for Sun software, specifically around Java, and more specifically for my interests around Java EE.  And not only are we at Open World but we are at the smaller Oracle Develop event being run at the same time.

At Open World, the Java EE specific sessions are:

  • S312765 - Java Platform, Enterprise Edition: The Foundation and Future of Your Enterprise - Tom Kincaid - Monday 4pm-5pm Marriott Salon 4
  • S312767 - Easy Database Access from Java with Java Persistence API 2.0 - Linda DeMichiel - Wednesday 10:15am-11:15am Marriott Nob Hill AB

And at Oracle Develop they are:

  • S312810 - Java Persistence API 2.0: The Latest News - Linda DeMichiel - Sunday 10:30am-11:30am Hilton Golden Gate 8
  • S312811 - Developing RESTful Web Services with the Java API for RESTful Web Services - Marc Hadley - Sunday 11:45am-12:45pm Hilton Golden Gate 8
  • S312812 - Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1 Technology Overview - Ken Saks - Sunday 1:15pm-2:15pm Hilton Golden Gate 8
  • S312807 - Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6 and GlassFish Application Server V3 - Roberto and Jerome - Monday 4pm-5pm Hilton Golden Gate 8
  • S312808 - A Complete Tour of the JavaServer Faces 2.0 Platform - Jim Driscoll (and Andy Schwartz from Oracle) - Monday 5:30pm-6:30pm Hilton Golden Gate 8
We will also have a Java EE pod at both Open World and Develop.  If you are attending either or both events, stop by and say hi and have a look at some of the great stuff that Java EE 6 is delivering in the areas of rightsizing, extensibility, and developer productivity.

Wednesday Jul 11, 2007

Java EE 6 JSR Started

I came across this story on eWeek about Java EE 6 being back and on track.

I think there are some interesting things Java EE 6 can provide that Sun's Java Composite Application Platform Suite could take advantage of, notably embracing other technologies. While the work going on around JBI in Project Open ESB is certainly providing for other languages to be available to the developer (BPEL, XSLT, Business Rules, etc.), what Java EE 6 may provide adds some other potential innovations.

What do you think? I'd welcome comments on the blog for feedback.

Tuesday Jul 10, 2007

World class performance for GlassFish and Java CAPS

There have been a flurry of e-mails within Sun now that SPEC has officially published the latest SPECjAppServer results for GlassFish on a Sun T2000. The summary is that GlassFish achieved 883.66 JOPS which exceeds all other app servers results on the same hardware. See Rich's and Eduardo's blogs for more details.

The big reason I'm excited is that this is going to benefit Java Composite Application Platform Suite users in the near future as we add support for GlassFish (App Server 9.1) in an upcoming release. But you don't have to wait to be able to use what is being developed to try it out for yourself as preview and development builds are available as Project Open ESB today.

Update: See the On The Record blog for more information about this performance milestone.



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