Java EE SDK: Did you know?

This post is more of a clarification and useful pointer for Java EE 5 SDK, although this may have a little dated pieces of info.

We receive many questions on how performant is GlassFish, its relation to Java EE 5 SDK, and the Sun Java System Application Server version 9. 

While the responses we give vary a bit depending on how narrowly scoped the questions are, the one thing that I feel needs to be communicated well is that the SPECJ numbers that were submitted and published for Sun Java System Application Server 9.0  back in May, '06 are exactly applicable to the Java EE 5 SDK! And to GlassFish v1 (b48 FCS build) ! That's because the code bases are exactly the same, the difference being that GlassFish is the open source project where the Java EE 5 SDK was being developed.

The SpecJ results page also lists the tuning parameters used.

This actually ends up being a little connect-the-dots challenge for learners and adopters alike so it is very useful to clarify here. I do hope more people read this post and benefit.

When you download the Java EE SDK, you are actually not just seeing a Reference Implementation of the Java EE Spec, but also getting a highly price performant application server.

Did you know you could use this application server for single instance deployment in your production system?

Here are some useful links :
Java EE 5 SDK Download
Tom Daly's Blog on SpecJ results
And an insightful blog written around the SpecJ submission time by our performance guru Scott Oaks (interesting comments as well)
GlassFish V2 builds


Enjoy!

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