Is GlassFish v3 Prelude right for me? (and more Launch Coverage)

v2 or v3

With all the great things you hear about GlassFish v3 Prelude, you may wonder if this is the right tool for you to use and why a "Prelude" moniker is used here. The answer to lies into this pretty thorough comparison between GlassFish v2 and v3 Prelude. For instance, depending on which version of .Net WCF you want to interoperate with, or if full Java EE-compliance is required, this page will tell which GlassFish to use. Both are supported products.

Here's also more coverage following our launch last week :
GlassFish v3 Prelude - Out Now! (Pat "OpenSSO" Patterson)
Quick News: GlassFish v3 Prelude Released (The Virtual Machine)
GlassFish v3 and Grails Support (The Virtual Machine)
Java DB and GlassFish v3 Prelude (François "JavaDB" Orsini)
Jaspersoft est certifié pour Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server (TooLinux)
Sun veröffentlicht neue Vorschau auf Glassfish
Sun dévoile la version 3 de son serveur d’applications Java GlassFish (
Screencast #27: Simple Web Application using NetBeans 6.5 IDE and GlassFish v3 Prelude (Arun)
Sun sort un prélude de GlassFish V3 (LeMagIT)
Nouveau serveur GlassFish, certification Jaspersoft (
Prelude includes Portable, In-Memory JACC Provider (Ron)
GlassFish v3 Prelude, Sun fait le Buzz (Xebia France - Revue de Presse)
Modular Architecture Based on OSGi (The Cynical Turtle)
OSGi in the Enterprise (InfoQ)
Who support what with Comet or why GlassFish v3 Prelude is for you! (Jean-François "Comet" Arcand)


In "Comparison between GlassFish v2 and v3 Prelude at", the "Web Start" is missing in V3.

Are we going to have "Web Start" or something similar in Glassfish V3? What? When?

There are number of other functionalities which is available in V2 however is missing V3.

Can anyone tell us the status when those missing functionalities will be available in V3?

Posted by Mayur Patel on November 14, 2008 at 03:56 AM PST #

Hello, Mayur.

You might have read that the only Java EE application type supported in v3 prelude is web apps. No EARs, no EJB modules (except as part of a web app - a new feature), and no app clients. And therefore that means no Java Web Start support for app clients in v3 prelude.

Note that these restrictions are true of v3 prelude. The full release of v3 (after prelude) will support app clients and will support Java Web Start for app well as the other Java EE module types.

Posted by Tim Quinn on November 14, 2008 at 01:57 PM PST #

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