Sunday Jun 22, 2008

GlassFish powering Gieman IT Solutions and their customers

Gieman IT Solutions

Gieman IT Solutions specialises in developing applications for the internet and is based in Geelong, Australia. Gieman are committed to using the latest technology and web standards to create sophisticated and functional web applications that enhance and complement your business, such as JSF and JPA technologies, you can read Gerald Gierer's response here.

Gerald started to learn more about GlassFish when the looked to replace their existing Application Server, Orion ( "our situation was very similar to the Wotif guys"). One of the reasons they chose GlassFish was, as Gerald Gierer puts it, "The application server had to be well supported and well documented. It also had to have a great track record and be up to date in terms of the latest Java EE specifications.... The server also had to be high quality, free for development purposes and (preferably) be open source" and "... I also wanted an administration console that actually \*worked\* without the need for hacking xml and restarting the server for simple tasks".

To read through all of Gieman IT Solutions' reasons why they chose GlassFish, see their full questionnaire here. Here's how Gieman IT Solutions summarizes their reasons for using GlassFish, Gerald Gierer writes, "We are very happy with GlassFish - keep up the good work!" and "GlassFish was the only server that fitted all the criteria." (their evaluation criteria).

Make sure you visit and read :
- the Full Questionnaire for GlassFish adoption by Gieman IT Solutions
- the Gieman IT Solutions website

Tuesday Apr 08, 2008

Reino develops a Web Based Application for Parking Management with GlassFish

Reino International, a division of Saltbush Parking Services, is the largest paid parking equipment and service provider in Australasia and the USA. Established in 1993, Reino International is an Australian owned and operated company with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, California, Milwaukee, Arkansas as well as being represented throughout Asia and Europe by a distributor network. Reino designs and manufactures parking meters, enforcement technologies and the management systems used to manage and enforce on-street and off-street parking for cities.

Reino decided to use GlassFish as their web based reporting application was based on Java EE 5 based technologies - JSF, JAX-WS and JPA - and the only complete application server which was capable of supporting these technologies at the time was GlassFish. Reino's application has now been in production over 18+ months.

To read through all of Reino's reasons why they chose GlassFish v2, see their full questionnaire here. Here's how Reino summarizes their reasons for using GlassFish; Noel O'Connor writes, "The admin console is very powerful and it is constantly improving. The web service test feature is exceptionally useful." and "We are very impressed with the amount of time and effort Sun has put into GlassFish and the progress that has been made."

Make sure you visit and read :
- the Full Questionnaire for GlassFish adoption by Reino International
- the Reino International website

Monday Mar 26, 2007

International Environmental: A Cooling Company Which Prefers Hot Software

International Environmental Corporation Logo International Environmental has been providing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions for over 40 years. They've done work in some of the largest and most famous buildings in the world, including Trump Tower (New York), the Bellagio (Las Vegas), and Times Square (Hong Kong).

Think that sounds like the kind of company which would avoid cutting-edge open source software? Think again.

In early 2006, they were already looking forward to using Java EE 5. Comparing application servers, they found that GlassFish came out on top of JBoss, with "by far, the most complete EE 5 implementation," "much better performance," and an administrative console which was "hands down better."

After completing that evaluation, they set out to replace "various in-house applications" with a new solution running on GlassFish. The results? "With over a year in production, GlassFish has proven to be fast, stable and reliable, and it just keeps getting better." They're now in the planning stages to also migrate the company's "Struts-based, Tomcat-hosted external web site" over to GlassFish (and JSF).

They're using the JSF Reference Implementation, which is also developed as part of Project GlassFish. (Remember, "Project GlassFish" is actually an umbrella which covers the development of many enterprise Java technologies--not just the application server.) Employee Jason Lee is especially active in this area, as one of the developers of the JSF RI.

International Environmental proves that companies in any industry can benefit from using and contributing to GlassFish. Want to learn more about their story? See the full response to the GlassFish adoption questionnaire from Jason Lee, Senior Software Engineer at International Environmental.

Tuesday Mar 06, 2007

Harvard Builds its Dataverse Network on GlassFish

Harvard University Logo Researchers at Harvard University are on a mission to change the way that academics store and share data. As the project's software development manager, Merce Crosas, describes:

Our project, the Dataverse Network, is an on-line archive for sharing data within and across universities and other institutions conducting research. Stability and scalability have been a concern in developing this software from the beginning. The application serves not only as an online archive for storing research data, but also provides social science researchers with the means to cite their own data and allow others to replicate the results through an extensive on-line analysis tool...

What application server did they choose to power the Dataverse Network? GlassFish, of course. Early in 2006, the team decided upon using Java EE 5 and "inquiries at the JavaOne 2006 conference made it clear that GlassFish would be the only fully compliant Java EE 5 implementation in our initial development timeframe."

The benefits of using GlassFish didn't end with its first-to-market Java EE 5 support, though. Remember their stringent stability and scalability needs? Not a problem. As Merce notes, "GlassFish's stability enabled us to concentrate on the code and not worry about the server environment."

Integrating other technologies with GlassFish also went well. The team uses NetBeans, Java Studio Creator, the Lucene search engine, PostgreSQL database, Shale standalone tiles, and AWStats web analytics tools. Integrating and using so much new technology required that the team "forge new ground" in a few cases, but overall they found the GlassFish server environment to be "very configurable and easy to use." For example, integrating the Awstats web analytics tool "was as simple as locating the HttpServices window and modifying the access log format all in an easy-to-use, uncomplicated interface."

The Dataverse Network will be live in the next few weeks, "serving all social science data to all Harvard and MIT faculty, students and staff." Want more info in the meantime? Here are some additional resources:

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