Monday Feb 09, 2009

Szeretgom.hu - from virtual to local communities and back with GlassFish

Szeretgom.hu is a site powered by GlassFish Portfolio: both application server (GlassFish v3 Prelude) and web server (v7.0). János Cserép, the author of this local community site for the town and region of Esztergom, Hungary, has had a long history with Sun infrastructure software.

The site offers social networking features and content management to "enhance transparency of local events, politics, culture by allowing everyone to contribute and share information with everyone else" as explained in this document. The number of features grew over the past few years to now offers forums, blogs, events calendar, news, galleries, collaborative wiki, ads, online interviews, calling hours for council representatives, and a "Friends" feature under development to 1150 registered users.

János is now taking the project one step further by productizing and generifying the development to produce a reusable white label social networking platform. As always, you can read about the technical details in the detailed questionnaire. OpenSolaris, Wicket, and Hudson are part of the list of technical choices. Follow the link to find out more.

Tuesday May 27, 2008

SNCF, another customer getting on the GlassFish train

Yet another "Travel" story for GlassFish. This time, it's the French railways company, SNCF. Their GlassFish-powered monitoring application produces alerts, a real-time graphical representation of key system variables as well as PDF reports.

If you've ever traveled to France you know about SNCF, the railways company and its high speed train the TGV. The company is now using GlassFish in production to monitor the complete (and somewhat complex) system, from the web to the IBM mainframe, including their links to partners such as Amadeus, Sabre, and Galileo or other European railways systems.

From a technical point of view, SNCF uses JMS (OpenMQ), JSF, JavaDB/Derby with connection pooling, security realms, and Hibernate's JPA implementation. JasperReports is used for PDF generation while quicktime and JavaSwf is used for Flash content. The administration console and full Java EE 5 compliance are clearly stated by Franck LeprĂȘtre, Software Architect at SNCF, as key GlassFish features.

Make sure you read the full questionnaire to learn how and when they first found out about GlassFish, how this Java EE 5 product helped them improve their code, among other tidbits.

Saturday May 17, 2008

GlassFish helping TravelMuse help you get a better online travel experience

TravelMuse logo

There's still plenty of room for improvement in the online travel planning and that's what TravelMuse is here to provide. More than comprehensive travel guides, engaging original content, the TravelMuse Planner has some unique features such as the ability to securely share travel plans with friends and families.

TravelMuse is a supported GlassFish customer. Their production systems run on hosted Solaris 10 containers, use a large set of Java EE 5 technologies (EJB, JSF, JPA, JMS) but also Alfresco for content management and jMaki for its web Ajax widgets. This is yet another MySQL user. This Web 2.0 site relies on communities for both its users (to share their experiences) and its underlying technologies (GlassFish, Apache, MySQL).

Make sure to check out:

  • The TravelMuse full questionnaire on their GlassFish adoption.
  • The TravelMuse website - currently in Almost Beta and launching in early June.

Friday Nov 30, 2007

OKAir and GlassFish powering International Airport

This new GlassFish-v2-in-production story takes us to a Czech International Airport. OK Air, a company specializing in airport software, has developed and deployed a Java EE 5 Airport Information System (AIS) using enterprise-grade GlassFish v2 to deliver valued and timely information to travelers and airport staff.

The software interacts with many external sources in different standard data formats and does so with various techniques varying from JMS to Web Services. For more information, Software architect Ota Kadlec answers the detailed full questionnaire. Many more details can be found there such as the use of SuSE as the deployment platform, the C MQ API, Tomahawk as the JSF component library, etc. Speaking of GlassFish, Ota says it best "Just try it!".

IATA, SITATEX, ATC, FIDS, AMMS, ICAO, ACI, EUROSTAT, FMTP, ... After all, maybe the number of acronyms in the Java world isn't all that exaggerated!

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