VisualVM OSGi plugin with GlassFish v3

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The Java VisualVM blogging contest results are in and the "VisualVM OSGi plugin" entry clearly caught my eye. Not simply because it's in the top three, but because this management of OSGi platforms via JMX in a tool shipping with the JDK (visualvm) works well with GlassFish v3.

You'll find the documentation and downloads on the creator's page. Kiev Gama also documents how he built the plugin (a NetBeans plugin really) for visualvm in this blog entry.

This is a nice addition to the ability to use the Felix shell (telnet localhost 6666) and to the Felix web console. All tools let you observe the content and status of the 200+ OSGi bundles currently in GlassFish v3 as well as operate on their life-cycle. This visualvm plugin matches well the troubleshooting positioning of visualvm (you most likely don't need it for day-to-day development). Of course, this is not specific to GlassFish and Kiev mentions having tested this with Fuji.

Kiev Gama was born in Recife, Brazil and is a PhD Student in Computer Science at UJF-Grenoble, France. Not really a surprise when you know that Richard Hall (of Felix fame and now with the GlassFish Team) used to be part of that group.

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