Thursday Mar 22, 2012

A tour of the GlassFish 3.1.2 DCOM support

While we've mentioned the DCOM support in GlassFish 3.1.2 several times before, you'll probably find Byron's DCOM blog entry to be useful if you're using Windows as a deployment platform for your GlassFish cluster.

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Byron discusses how DCOM is used to communicate with remote Windows nodes participating in a GlassFish cluster, what Java libraries were used to wrap around DCOM, what new asadmin commands were addd (in particular validate-dcom) as well as some tips to make this all work on your specific environment.

In addition to this blog post, you should considering reading the official product documentation :
Considerations for Using DCOM for Centralized Administration
Setting Up DCOM and Testing the DCOM Set Up

Thursday Mar 08, 2012

GlassFish 3.1.2 Screencasts & Videos

Now that GlassFish 3.1.2 is out the door (download it here) you may want to watch one of the screencasts or videos that were put together for this release.

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"GlassFish Server 3.1.2 Overview" presentation by John Clingan (Product Manager)
"GlassFish 3.1.2 Overview by Sathyan Catari", interview by Arun Gupta
"Cluster Management with GlassFish 3.1.2 Console (SSH & DCOM)", a screencast by Anissa
"Managing Application Scoped Resources from the 3.1.2 Console", a screencast by Anissa
"5-minute screencast", screencast by Adam Bien showing Java EE 6 with NetBeans 7.1.1 and GlassFish 3.1.2

As a reminder, all GlassFish Videos and Screencasts are available from our YouTube channel.

Thursday Mar 01, 2012

GlassFish 3.1.2 coverage - Admin Console, mod_jk, EclipseLink, press, and other screencasts

Now that GlassFish 3.1.2 is out the door (download it here) we can have a look at some of the coverage for the release focusing on specific features.

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• John has a presentation walking through the main new features of GlassFish 3.1.2
• Amy blogs about Apache mod_jk load-balancing with 3.1.2
• The Oracle Java Blog covers the highlights of the release.
• Anissa has all the details about the Web Console improvements
• Tim discusses the changes made to Secure Administration
• Blaise covers the impact of having EclipseLink's MOXy not integrated
• Arun covers with Sathyan the main new 3.1.2 release themes
• Anissa has a short screencast highlighting the new DCOM provisioning feature
• Arun has a rundown of the new features
• Paul has an post on the updated GlassFish 3.1.2 documentation
• MartinG covers what's new in Metro 2.2, JAXB 2.2.5 and JAX_WS 2.2.6
• Jason has the details for REST Security in 3.1.2
• Anissa also has this Managing Application Scoped Resources from the 3.1.2 Console screencast
• Byron discusses in greater details the new DCOM Configuration utility
• Joe covers the new secure by default GlassFish 3.1.2 feature and its impact
• Adam Bien has a 5-minute screencast showing Java EE 6 with NetBeans 7.1.1 and GlassFish 3.1.2
• Bhakti has the main release points as well as details on the updated NetBeans code samples for GlassFish
• Long-time tools guy, Vince provides an update GlassFish+Eclipse.
• TSS has a list of main themes for the release
• Heise.de also cover the main new features for GlassFish 3.1.2 (German)
• javahispano.org covers the simultaneous releases of NetBeans 7.1.1 and GlassFish 3.1.2 (Spanish)
• ITeye also covers the news (Chinese)
GlassFish 3.1.2 released (H-Online)
GlassFish 3.1.2 verfügbar (Entwickler.de)
Lançado GlassFish 3.1.2 (under-linux.org)
GlassFish Enterprise Server 3.1.2 (ZDNet Downloads)
GlassFish 3.1.2 - Oracle's Java EE server gets an update (JAXenter)
NetBeans IDE 7.1.1 Released, with Support for GlassFish 3.1.2 (Oracle Java blog)
NetBeans IDE 7.1.1 is here, quick to support newest Glassfish (JAXenter)

Sunday Jan 22, 2012

Admin Console, Community and Virtuous Circle

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We haven't really covered this before, but there's been quite a bit of work on the admin console in the upcoming GlassFish 3.1.2 release (in addition to the other new features and theme and updated components).

Specifically in this release, the team worked on the following :

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• Performance startup (better figures by default and conditional automated console initialization).
Feature parity with CLI in the areas of Secure Admin config, JMS Cluster configuration, Monitoring Data consolidation, new Http Listeners page (à la GlassFish v2), listing EJB timers.
• Support for new product features such as DCOM cluster nodes.
• Ability to collect domain instance logs.
• More tests.

The best part about these improvements? There's almost all entirely driven by your feedback! So thank you to everyone that took time to help us understand how to make GlassFish a better product via bug reports, requests for enhancements and even phone calls in some cases. Let's keep doing this!

The GlassFish Web Console started off back in 2006 as the killer feature, especially compared to other open source offerings. With continued enhancements I think it still has a clear edge on them and longer-term plans shouldn't prove me wrong!

Sunday Nov 06, 2011

GlassFish 3.1.2 themes and features

The list of features planned for GlassFish 3.1.2 is shaping up nicely as reflected on the Wiki. This includes three types of improvements: new features, updated components and bugs fixes.

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My favorite new features include DCOM node support (alternative to SSH on windows), and GMS non-multicast support. The list of updated components is also a top choice but seeing the issues you reported or the ones you care most about should be on top of your list, so make sure you vote and make it happen.

To some people who like entirely new shiny products, this may sound like a boring release. To others the "dot-dot" releases are the exciting ones given the level of stability that they reach which usually means safer large-scale deployments. Finally, remember, these are plans for GlassFish Open Source Edition and things can change (if they do, we'll keep you posted, as always).