Things you May Have Missed about Project GlassFish

I was talking with a friend last week and he was surprised when I mentioned that there was an active Maven repository with many GlassFish bits. Seems it is time for another recap of highlights of Project GlassFish...

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• GF is an Open Source, Community Based implementation of Java EE 5.
• Java EE 5 is a huge improvement over earlier J2EE versions (J1 Keynotes).
• GF is Production Quality and has very Good Performance.
• GF is delivered in SJS AS 9.0, Java EE 5 SDK, and NetBeans 5.5.
• GF has already affected adoption and is getting analyst attention [1], [2].
• GF is used by other groups like in JEUS 6 Preview from TMaxSoft.
• GF has many goodies, including Java DB and Java Blueprints.
• GF is committed to your favorite framework.
• GF is at the forefront of JPA adoption.
• GF Web Services stack is very good and it is getting better and better.
• GF's Grizzly delivers top Web Tier performance and flexibility.
• GF has Developer Support, Training and more.
• GF supports AJAX and Scripting.
• GF has platform and tool SOA support, including JBI and BPEL.
• GF is used directly for the official Reference Implementation of Java EE 5.
• GF is the code base for the Sun Java System Application Server.
• GF will incorporate the enterprise features available today in SJS AS 8.x.
• Many components are in the Maven Repository; and more soon.
• We are already working on the next releases (more).

Let me know if I am forgetting something and I'll update this list. Earlier summaries of Project GlassFish include Why GlassFish? and Misconceptions about GlassFish. In general, check TheAquarium for the latest news.


Docs, migration tool, forum support, samples, tutorials, security, blogs, etc. are also good. I also updated Wikipedia page last night. Please see

Posted by Nazrul on June 05, 2006 at 04:35 AM PDT #

So I am curious...what is the adoption rate of JEE 5 in the market right now? Are there a lot of jobs in that regard? The reason why I ask is because frankly I would like to be a developer using JEE 5 and not the J2EE 1.4 nightmare! And also I graduated last year so the time is ripe for me to get a job!

Posted by Surya on June 05, 2006 at 07:39 AM PDT #

Hi Surya. My personal feeling is that we will see much faster adoption than for J2EE 1.4. The new functionality if very compelling, and GlassFish will help some vendors get implementations ready more quickly. Insofar specific data, there are the reports mentioned in the blog entry; we also have seen a big surge on the downloads of the Java EE 5 SDK.

Hope this helps, - eduard/o

Posted by Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart on June 06, 2006 at 04:11 AM PDT #

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