Friday Jun 04, 2010

Get As to your Qs - GlassFish Community Update on Tuesday

This Tuesday, June 8th, 9am PT (TZ converter), we will host another GlassFish Community Update. We will use GlassFish TV at uStream, like our previous update - you just need to point your browser to the channel (additional show info).  uStream (still?) uses a Flash client - the App Store says there is an iPad client but reviews suggest it might not work on this channel.

The presenters will include Nazrul and TomM, from Oracle, as well as Mathieu, from Serli; Alexis and I will be MCs. We will cover the ongoing development of GlassFish 3.1 Open Source Edition, starting with a brief recap of the roadmap and the 3.1 schedule and then discussing Milestone 1, which already includes Basic Clustering and Dynamic Reconfiguration as well as Application Versioning, a contribution from Serli.

The presentation will include demos of M1 as well as live Q&A with the panel of presenters via the uStream online chat and via twitter #glassfish. Like the previous time, we will make the recordings available for later viewing, but attending is your best opportunity to get As to your Qs.

Saturday May 29, 2010

GlassFish 3.1 M1 Available: Binaries, Demos and Screencasts

Milestone 1 of the GlassFish 3.1 Open Source Edition is now available from our promoted page as 3.1-b02: full distro (unix, windows, zip) and web distro (unix, windows, zip).

GlassFish has been following a Milestone model for many years and it works very well; for 3.1 we are documenting better each milestone (M1 content) and adding two new twists: demos to explain the new features, and community updates to enable Q&A.

Two of the features of M1 are Basic Clustering with Dynamic Reconfiguration, and Application Versioning.  Each comes with its own demo which Tom (Clustering and Reconfiguration) and Hong (Versioning) presented yesterday to a small team (also see Arun's commentary). The demos are quite easy to set up; you can replicate them yourselves or you can go directly to Alexis's screencasts.

The Clustering Demo  is very well documented; see Wiki page and associated WAR.  Also see Arun's commentary as well as Alexis' screencast at YouTube (5:38').

I need to chase down the actual demo used for the Versioning piece - it was neat in that each version of the Web App deployed was a simple Hello World using different technologies: Servlet, JSF, JSP, EJBs, POJOs... The funtionality itself is very well documented: Basic Commands and Design Spec, and general page on Collaboration with Serli. For the demo, see Arun's commentary as well as Alexis' screencast at YouTube (5:02').

We will cover M1 and both screencasts at our next community update.  Tentative date is 9am PT, Tuesday, June 8th.

Wednesday May 19, 2010

GlassFish 3.1 M1 - The First Milestone

It is just the first milestone but GlassFish Server Open Source Edition M1 already has significant functionality, including Basic Clustering (creation/deleting/start-stop), infrastructure for Dynamic Reconfiguration, and Application Versioning.

Application Versioning merits a special mention because it is a contribution from a new group from Serli.

Code cutoff for M1 is 5/24, with the promoted build next day. Full details of the release are at the GlassFish Wiki.  We are planning to spotlight M1, including demos, in our next GlassFish Community Update, which is tentatively scheduled for the week of May 30th.