Thursday Aug 27, 2009

Introducing Oswald@Work - Kai Seidler's New Blog


Kai "Oswald" Seidler recently joined the Web Stack team and he has just started a new blog: Oswald@Work. The first two entries are factual and short: Perl now supports DTrace and PHP 5.3 and osCommerce. Welcome to BSC, Kai!

BTW, I noticed that there is a new MacOS X version of XAMPP available. We are still working on the relationship between XAMPP and our Web Stack.

Sunday Aug 09, 2009

Kai 'Oswald' Joins the WebStack Team


More good news around the WebStack team: Kai 'Oswald' Seidler, of Apache Friends and XAMPP fame, has joined the team - see Kai's post (German, mock-english). XAMPP is one of the (the?) most popular WAMP Distros (see Google Trend), and Kai will now be able to work full-time on it.

I talked with Kai a few months ago and enjoyed our phone chat a lot but, unfortunately, I was away when he visited Santa Clara recently (photo gallery). One of the topics during the trip was how to leverage the WebStack and the XAMPP efforts; stay tuned for news on that.

Welcome to the team, Kai!

Thursday Aug 06, 2009

Managing Your Apache Web Server - More on WebStack Enterprise Manager


Sun's supported (L)AMP distribution, the GlassFish WebStack, was released last week and the team has several new posts on the new Enterprise Monitor for Apache:

• Irfan covers Dashboard and Analytics and Navigation Views and Recent Alerts.
• Jeff has an in-depth post on Monitoring Apache Server with Web Stack
• Brian shows how to apply the tool in The Enterprise Manager and memcached
• Amit shows the tool in action through a (silent) screencast.

Sunday Aug 02, 2009

GlassFish WebStack... Helping With Outage


I see that Kaj mentioned the (GlassFish) WebStack when telling the story of the MySQL.Com Outage.

One of the main benefits of the WebStack is that all the pieces work very well together, so that was one less thing to worry about; the electrical woes were stressful enough...

Wednesday Feb 11, 2009

GlassFish Portfolio launch coverage - day 3

GlassFish Portfolio

Yet another round of links for the GlassFish Portfolio launch. Some are links I had missed, other ones appeared recently.

Note also we now have GlassFish Portfolio release notes published.

Press Articles
Seeing Through Sun's Glassfish (Information Week)
Sun представила открытую web-платформу (
Sun's GlassFish Portfolio Adds More Open Source (
Sun releases GlassFish web platform (
Sun’s GlassFish Portfolio Could Change Middleware Game (
GlassFish gets LAMP stack and multimedia add-on (
Sun unveils Glassfish portfolio ( (
Sun Releases Enterprise Open Source Platform (ebizQ)
Sun to integrate GlasFish with LAMP stack (
Sun beefs up GlassFish app server with integrated LAMP stack (eChannelLine)
Sun GlassFish Portfolio chez Sun (Toolinux)

General blogs
Glassfish Portfolio (niq)
GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus Multimedia (SDN Channel)
New Sun Glassfish Portfolio (CamelCase)
(Marketing memos)
GlassFish ESB and OpenESB - Interview and demo (RedMonk)
Web Space Server - Localization (Portal Post)
Incredible portfolio of web servers! (Web Tier)
Adding content to portal page : The easy way (Praskah)
Jersey 1.0.2 is released (Earthly Powers)
Learn About GlassFish Portfolio (Dixie, docs)

GlassFish Enterprise Manager
Sun GlassFish Portfolio が発表されました。いろんな情報があります。 (Ogino)
SNMP monitoring in GlassFish (Marc)
New Glassfish Portfolio (Eric Bruno)

Read earlier coverage here and there.

GlassFish Portfolio launch coverage - day 2

GlassFish Portfolio

Some 24 hours after the launch, more coverage of the GlassFish Portfolio launch.

Press Articles
Light-weight, open-source Sun GlassFish Portfolio (TSS)
Sun realigns software around GlassFish Portfolio (SDTimes)
Themes discussed at Sun GlassFish Portfolio debut (TechTarget)
Nyílt forrású vállalati alkalmazásplatformmal jelentkezett a Sun Microsystems (
SUN’s Glassfish Portfolio is a major shift to commercial open source business models. (The Forrester Blog)
Sun's Answer To LAMP: GlassFish Portfolio (InformationWeek)

General blogs
GlassFish v2.1: A Complete Picture (Harpreet)
"10 reasons why Nuxeo is using GlassFish" presentation (Nuxeo)
SIP development modules via Auto-update (Vince)
Sun GlassFish Portfolio Released (SDN Program News)
Content Management System in Glassfish Web Space Server 10.0 (Prakash)
Writing your first application router with SailFin (Binod)
SIP Extension Headers in SailFin (Sankar)
Sailfin in detail : Part 1 app-name (Prsad)
OK - where do I start if I need to tune GlassFish? (Kim)
Performance Monitor enters Sun's GlassFish offerings (Shreedhar)
Performance Advisor : VM Alerts (Nandini)
GlassFish Portfolio related podcasts (Bistro!)
Sun includes GlassFish ESB in GlassFish Portfolio (Hari)
GlassFish Portfolio with GlassFish ESB officially announced (Mark White)
Web Space Server 10 Adopts Update Center (Joe)

GlassFish Enterprise Manager
GlassFish SNMP Monitoring (Rajeshwar)
GlassFish Value-Ad Feature Tuner (Nachiappan)
Tuner ScreenCast (Nachiappan)
Performance Advisor Installation and Overview (Screencast by Anissa)

Earlier coverage is here.

Tuesday Feb 10, 2009

GlassFish Portfolio launch coverage

GlassFish Portfolio

It's early after the launch but here's already a first batch of content covering GlassFish Portfolio. Expect some updates to this blog later in the day as well as more entries in the next few days.

Press Articles
Sun offers integrated Web platform (InfoWorld)
Avec Portfolio, Sun taille GlassFish pour contrer JBoss (LeMagIT, in French)
Sun Takes GlassFish, Industry's Most Downloaded Application Server, to New Heights With Integrated LAMP Stack (Press Release)
搜斧 - Sun GlassFish Portfolio Released
Sun Drives Huge Growth in Adoption of GlassFish, Industry's Most Downloaded Application Server (Press Release)

General blogs
GlassFish Production Deployments & Enterprise Manager (John Clingan)
The New GlassFish Portfolio! (Liz Matthews)
GlassFish Portfolio en bref (Bistro!)
Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10.0: Now Available! (The Portal Post)
GlassFish - immár Portfolioban (Peter, in Hungarian)
Sun GlassFish Portfolio and Open Source (Kevin)
SailFin : Develop your own applications using templates (Bhavani)
SailFin V1: Step by step guide to get started. (Binod)
Introducing Sun GlassFish Portfolio (Scripting blog)
介绍Sun GlassFish Portfolio (The Aquarium ZH)
Converged Load-Balancer(CLB) Whitepaper and Screencast (Kshitiz)
GlassFish grows up! (Sun Student Connection)
Feb 17th Chinese Webinar - GlassFish Portfolio (Judy/Jiandong)

GlassFish Enterprise Manager
Introducing GlassFish Performance Tuner (Ken Paulsen)
GlassFish Performance Advisor - Install and setup (Siraj)
JDBC Pool Manager - Steady Pool Size Tuning (Shalini)
JDBC Pool Manager - Max Pool Size Tuning (Shalini)
GlassFish SNMP J2EE MIB Presentation (Olivier)
Browsing the Glassfish SNMP J2EE-MIB (Olivier)
GlassFish SNMP Master Agent Integration (Olivier)
GlassFish SNMP security (Olivier)
GlassFish Performance Advisor - Managing Rotated Log Files (Siraj)
GlassFish Performance Advisor - Log Entry Alert (Siraj)
Performance Advisor Installation and Overview - Screencast,live demo and more (Anissa)
Configuration of SNMP Monitoring in Glassfish Enterprise Manager (Sankar)

Monday Feb 09, 2009

Introducing the Sun GlassFish Portfolio

Sparky is growing up! Today, Sun announced the Sun GlassFish Portfolio (PR) the Sun GlassFish Communications Server (SailFin) and the Sun GlassFish Mobility Platform.


The key components in the GlassFish Portfolio are the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server (including OpenMQ), the Sun GlassFish ESB (with OpenESB), the Sun GlassFish Web Space Server (nee WebSynergy, leveraging GlassFish and Liferay) and the Sun GlassFish Web Stack, which includes supported and optimized versions of Apache Web Server, Memcached and other popular Web applications.

Full details of the GlassFish Portfolio are at its Home page. The GetIt tab has a very good table with all the features, services and pricing - check it out!

Sun also issued a Release highlighting adoption of the GlassFish products in companies from Telcos (T-Mobile), Health (Medavie Blue Cross) and startups (TravelMuse). Check the PR for a full list, plus our Adoption Stories and Sun's more formal Customer References.

As in past events, we are going to post a number of blog entries related to different facets of the products announced today; we will (attempt to) use the tag GlassFishPortfolio consistently to help search through them. We are also going to host a set of short (10') presentations at TheAquarium Online to cover this material, with the usual recordings for later playback.

Monday Jan 09, 2006

Java - Spring Chicken or Old Hen ?

Southpark James Gosling

James Gosling has been in the thick of the debate over how Java stacks up against some of the emerging server-side software technologies (dynamic scripting languages, LAMP, AJAX). In an interview with zdnet he's pretty frank about the role of Java, Ruby, PHP, LAMP, etc. and the importance of tools for developer productivity.

I particularly like (and agree) with what he says about Java EE (J2EE) :

You take things like J2EE (server software), it's become almost sort of the opposite of trendy, in the sense that it's totally mainstreamed, totally proven mission critical. It's very corporate, it has been really seriously battle tested, and for lots of folks it's become a completely safe bed (sic).

For people running businesses - "battle tested", "corporate", "mission critical" are the kind of adjectives you want to hear. That said Java (and Java EE) is still managing to pique the interests of the next generation of developer with innovative new features in the Java language and the Java EE platform - that's a major achievement - balancing the tension of the mainstream and the early adopter.

I'm fairly sure that Java still has a long way to go before it reaches its prime and it's encouraging to see that Java is still entering new markets and finding entirely new applications (Java sets the standard for future cable systems).