Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

... JSF 2.0 on GlassFish, Comet Framework, Rack on JRuby, WS-Trust in Metro, 256 Threads in a 4U, new MacBooks

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Arun shows how to use JSF 2.0 with GlassFish v2 in his Mojarra on GFv2. I believe the current thinking is that JSF 2.0 will not depend on Servlet 3.0 and will be able to run on Java EE 5 containers.

Atmosphere, JFA's new portable Comet framework, is now here; check the Announcement.

Jacob promised more JRuby frameworks and it seems that Rack Support is the first step. Rack provides an minimal interface between webservers supporting Ruby and Ruby frameworks, so things like, Merb, build on top of it. Seems a role equivalent to that of modjy in Jython?.

Jiandong shows how to use WS-Trust to Secure Web Services in Metro.

Yesterday's big announcement was T5440 (aka Batoka), a 4 socket, T2-based, 256 hardware threads, at 1.4GHz with up to 512GB memory, all in a 4U chassis! For techies, start with the posts by Allan and Josh, the T5440 WebSite and the Benchmarks. The press has nice reactions: [1], [2], [3]. Also check how to use it to Scale SugarCRM using Ldoms, and the new LDom cookbook. If you like it, give it a Free Try and Buy!.

Today, Apple announced the new MacBooks and MacBook Pros. Need to go check them out at the local Apple store, but I'm disappointed there is no Blu-Ray nor a sub-1K$ entry (in the new enclosure).

Saturday Oct 11, 2008

... Syslogd and GlassFish, REST for OpenSSO, JAX-RS is final, China, SmugMug and ZFS and MySQL

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Marco had a small expedition tracking a bug in GlassFish v2 interacting with Syslogd. He found a solution and has Posted his Story and Patches. Still working on how the fix will migrate back to the main repository.

OpenSSO now has a set of RESTful Web Services to access its functionality to do things like authenticate, authorize, validate, etc.

And, on the same topic, the JCP just formally announced that JAX-RS 1.0 is now final. The final specification is here. First JavaEE 6 specification all completed.

Judy reports on a SunTech meeting focused on spreading adoption of GlassFish Server in China. Expect us to reach out more to that community in the very near future, in the meantime, check out Judy's note. Added - Judy pointed me to GlassFish_China Google group.

And SmugMug has a very nice note on how they have been using OpenSolaris with MySQL and ZFS in production. Check out Don MacAskill's note (don't miss the comments) and Marc's initial pointer.

Friday Oct 10, 2008

... FunRadio, Grizzly2 Progress, UpdateCenter 2 RC4, BPEL Migration, MacBooks

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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We had already mentioned that RTL Uses GlassFish. RTL Group is the largest TV, Radio and production company in Europe. FunRadio.fr is one of their companies (Website) and they are now also running on GlassFish (v2 U1).

Oleksiy writes about the Roadmap and the Recent Updates for Grizzly 2. Oleksiy and JeanFrancois recently gave a Webinar on this topic at TheAquarium Online that goes into plenty of detail (wiki page, SlideShare).

More UpdateCenter 2 progress getting ready for GFv3 Prelude. Chris (Kampemier) points to the RC 4 build and Chris (Kasso) explains how the Desktop Notifier works.

One of the key technologies in OpenESB (and thus on GlassFish ESB) is BPEL. There are differences between the old (1.1) and the new (2.0) standard; check out the new BPEL Migration page.

Apple is getting ready to release new notebooks. I admire the way Apple/Steve focuses in delivering "got-to-have" products, and I expect this event to be no different. We Will Find out on the 14th...

Thursday Oct 09, 2008

... JRuby Frameworks, GFv3 Docs, Japan, JRE in-place replacement, Blackberry storm

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Jacob reports from JRuby-land that he is working on Support for More Frameworks in GlassFish, like merb. Others will follow, so let him know if you have preferences.

We are in the last few weeks before GlassFish v3 Prelude, and Paul has announced Final Review for Documentation. Review ends on Monday, so you don't have much time left.

Kohsuke is now in Tokyo, starting his (Japan Trip. Check out the GeoMap on Japan: we have 140K hits there, not bad, but I'm sure we can do better with improved outreach, which is why Kohsuke is visiting.

A new JRE is brewing. The new Java SE 6 Update 10 has an in-place update for the JRE in your desktop. This is a big change that will reduce the download time and will simplify your disk management. The Intro at SDN News has a pointer to a dummy try-out program, consider checking it out to give us feedback on the new release.

And the BlackBerry Storm is out, with its new touch-screen, see: Vodafone, Hands-On and AppCenter. From reading the crackberry entry, it seems the store is for distributing apps from the carrier - which is more limited than the iPhone AppStore, but, since the store is not the only way to download an app, that's less critical.

Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

... GlassFish ESB M2, Terracotta with GF Support, EclipseLink in NB, Sparky in Chennai, Wishlists, OpenSSO Experts

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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GlassFish ESB is getting closer to its release. Bill (the-blogger) leaks that the second Milestone is Available Early, including Data Mashups. Download Now!.

Terracotta 2.7 is out with formal support for GlassFish Server. See the product page, the download page and Alex's post.

John, at NetBeans, has a new demo showing how to Use EclipseLink via JPA on NetBeans 6.5. EclipseLink is included in the GlassFish v3 releases, including the imminent GlassFish v3 Prelude.

Chinmayee, in Chennai (called Madras by the british) reports on a Presentation to Wipro last month. Wipro is one of the top (top 3?) IT companies in India, with over 100K employees. It's great to see increased adoption in India; like Brazil and China, these are rapidly growing markets - the biggest challenge with GlassFish is getting the word out.

Dan is the author of Seam in Action and recently posted about Using Seam with GlassFish. An exchange with GlassFish team folks followed and Dan now has a Wishlist for GlassFish.

Last week was the OpenSSO Ask-the-Experts, and, following that format, they have published the transcript for the session. Thanks to Rajeev for the tip

Sunday Oct 05, 2008

... JavaEE 6 Progress, IPS Wiki, Hudson and Windows, Graphical BPEL, and Sony PRS700 vs Kindle 2

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Roberto has provided a Schedule Update for JavaEE 6. As a brief summary: JAX-RS is in Final Draft, EJB 3.1 in Public Draft, and the remaining specs will also be in PD by end of October, and all the specs are planned to be final by JavaOne 09 (June 2-5, 2009).

Chris, in the UC2 team, has announced a new user-focused site for the multi-platform IPS-based tool. The IPSBestPractices site resides at Wikis.Sun.Com where it can leverage additional functional facilities and (equally more important) improved availability.

The latest Hudson builds (Download, ChangeLog) have new facilities for self-installing on Windows servers. Check Kohsuke's entries on Hudson 1.253 (the latest is 1.255) and Installing Hudson on Windows Got Easier.

BPEL is a key tool for users of tools like GlassFish ESB (site) but, as Adam points out, its diagrams are not necessarily at the ideal level. So, he has been exploring how to overlay some SVG diagrams over the BPEL ones. Check out Adam's Graphical Monitoring for BPEL 2 and give him feedback.

Finally, the retailers are already getting ready for Christmas so we are seeing the last batch of consumer-focused devices, including the latest E-Books: Sony's PRS 700 and Amazon's Kindle 2. The Sony looks prettier and has a touch-screen, but the G3 purchase connectivity of the Kindle is still very compelling. We will see...

Friday Oct 03, 2008

... Kohsuke and Japan, SocialSite M1, Grizzly the Preventer, Global Desktops, Nuxeo and v3

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Kohsuke just returned from his Trip to Brazil but he is leaving again, this time to Japan. He will be a keynote speaker at the Japan Java Users Group, see Schedule (translation) and Speakers (translation). Check out KK's announcement and let him know if you want to get in his schedule.

SocialSite has released it first milestone - see SocialSite Milestone 1, check out the Community Site, the Download, or Related Posts. Thanks to Bobby for the tip.

More Grizzly Power! JFA writes about how to use Grizzly to provide Protection from Rogue Web Apps (no, not that Rogue) through priority response queues.

Pat writes about how to use OpenSSO to provide integration with Sun Global Desktop. OpenSSO has been gaining visibility recently (see Google Trends) specially after the Launch of OpenSSO Enterprise earlier this week.

More GlassFish v3 adoption, even before it releases: Eric Barroca, the CEO of Nuxeo, the open source ECM system, reports in an interview at OpenSource ECM.fr about their plans for supporting it.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2008

... Secure Attachments, SunTech Days, MEP Connectors, Code for Freedom, JVM Language Summit

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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A new Enterprise Tip, this time from Ashutosh, showing how to Securing Attachments in Web Services messages using Metro, the WS framework used in GlassFish (and several other AppServers).

Arun writes from Brazil and reports on Sun TechDays, day 1. He presented on GlassFish server and his session was packed - check out his Slides; he also covered the awards to two of our GAP winners: Reginaldo (blog, submission), and Claudio (blog, submission).

Santiago has been documenting different features of the, GlassFish-Based Mobile Enterprise Platform and has another entry providing more information on Writing MEP Connectors. See MEP Announcement and the MEP-tagged entries.

India has a very strong Code For Freedom tradition, and Sun just announced is Support of the 2008 Edition. The Sun communities included are described here; the prizes are here

News from the OpenJDK community on what seems a very successful JVM Languages Summit. I've already asked John Rose if he would be willing to give us an overview at Online Webinar and we are looking for a slot in the schedule.

Monday Sep 29, 2008

JRuby for Java Skeptics, GAP in Sao Paolo, Brazil, OpenSSO, OpenDS and GF, MySQL Users Conference

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From Ruby-land, Zargony is warming up to JRbuy and explains Why I'm starting to like JRuby even though I dislike Java. And Arun writes a short list of the Advantages of JRuby over MRI.

We have been sending notifications to GAP (the GlassFish Awards Program) for a while but on MOnday we had a Press Release aligned with the first SunTech Days in Sao Paolo to celebrate the winners located in Brazil. Special congratulations to Claudio and Reginaldo who were at the event. We are planning a number of blogs to highlight the GAP winners; we won't be able to cover the 108 of them (!) but we will sample a few.

And, Arun is visiting Sao Paolo (and other cities in Brazil) and writes about ES JUG... And about Embu das Artes and about Travel Tips in Brazil.

Showing part of the spread of the Friends and Family part of the GlassFish Server two tutorials: First Sidharth and Marina show OpenSSO on GlassFish, and then Ludo points to John Yeary's Doing authentication and authorization with GlassFish and OpenDS.

Giuseppe points out that the call for papers for the MySQL Users Conference is still open.

PS. There is a lot of work to do before GFv3 prelude goes out; tracking the news during the next few weeks is going to be tricky, please bear with us.

Friday Sep 26, 2008

... OpenDS 1.1, HTTP Compression, Grizzly 1.8.6 and Starting on Fuji and on Blu-Ray

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Ludo has announced the release of the First Build of OpenDS 1.1. Download links for Core Server and DSML Gateway, or Java WebStart. Complete detailst at Ludo's blog or at the OpenDS 1.1 b1 website.

GlassFish supports HTTP Compression and Shing Wai Describes in Detail how to configure compression, compressionMinSize, compressableMimeType and noCompressionUserAgents. This feature will be enabled in next month's GlassFish v3 Prelude release.

Grizzly is moving forward along a Grizzly "classic" design (for GFv2 and GFv3 Prelude) and a Grizzly 2 "redesign", hopefully for GFv3 fcs (see the Webinar slides). The latest "classic" release, 1.8.6, is now available; check out JFA's Announcement for details.

Ramesh has started a whole series on Fuji (aka OpenESB v3). If I correctly interpret the organization of his entries, point your browse to Master Entry and follow the links.

Finally, in the intersection of Java and Blu-Ray, check out this article on Using JavaME in BD-J. The whole area of BD-J, Blu-Ray and BD live, and the growth of the PlayStation 3 seems a huge opportunity to me; but some key players would need to take some risks...

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

... Hudson for Windows, SpringSource Support, More Brazil, Saving on Storage, SocialSite

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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Kohsuke is back from Brazil and has released Hudson 1.253 (will they ever get to Hudson 2?), now with improved support for Windows in Distributed Builds and also support for Parametrized Builds.

More on the new SpringSource Enterprise Support. Ryan (a long-term user of the GlassFish Server) was considering purchasing enterprise support for SpringSource and writes about his experience and quoted price tag.

Sun and Greenplum are setting up a very large data warehouse for Fox Interactive Media on top of Solaris, ZFS and a bunch of Thumpers. Check out Jonathan's Writeup and the joint Press Release

Arun is still in Brazil for the rest of this week and next week. Today he was at DF JUG in Taguatinga. And, if you want to listen to Kohsuke presentation to CeJUG, check out the bottom of the page on the Aniversário do CEJUG - nice audience!

The SocialSite team is encouraging external participation: SocialSite Wants You! Check out the List of Proposals for ideas.

Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

... Facelets in JSF 1.2, Brazil, Passwords in OpenDS, Corba and Grizzly, Using SocialSite, and gPhone

A compilation of today's news of interest (with some lag, as we rush towards GFv3 Prelude):

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Kanthi at OpenDS explains the importance of Password Management in an LDAP server like OpenDS and points to a longer, more technical, description check out the corresponding Page at the OpenDS Wiki

Kohsuke just came back from his 5-city, 7-talk Tour du Brasil. It surely looks like he had a lot of fun there, and reached out to many people. And Arun just arrived there! His first report is from the JUG in Brasilia, but he will stay there through next week, including the first Sun TechDay in Sao Paolo (check out the Schedule).

Facelets is in JSF 2.0 - check out Chapter 10 in the EDR2 - but Arun has a detailed description of How to Use Facelets with JSF 1.2..

Ken (from Corba) is working with the Grizzly folks to try to incorporate the improved ByteBuffer management mechanism. Check out Ken's writeup, and, if you have questions, you can bring them in tomorrow's Webinar on Grizzly/Grizzly2.

From the SocialSite group, first a How to Social Enable screencast, and here is a note on The Shinding Java Internals.

And, finally, the tech news of the yesterday was the long-awaited release of android, the Google Phone. Sampling just few sources: LA Times on G1 vs iPhone, Hands-on video and Comparison Table. And the Google-Phone Blog.

Sunday Sep 21, 2008

... Ajax and NB, Mural and MDM, RESTful Comet, GF with Hibernate and MySQL, OpenSource Contributors, Grizzlies, Fast JavaScript and more iPhone Rejections

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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The NetBeans folks have a new Introductory Tutorial to Ajax, now updated to the forthcoming NetBeans 6.5.

Srenga points that the DataMashup Service Engine from Mural is Part of GlassFish ESB and also points to Manish's Tutorial on building a Server-Side Data Mashup.

From Carol a Screencast on RESTful Comet, based on her previous posts.

From Peter Mularien a look at Who is Contributing to SpringSource? using FishEye on SpringFrameworks Core. BTW, if you do the same with GlassFish (core) you will find mostly Sun folks; the bulk of the non-Sun contribution is in the smaller, reusable components, like grizzly, which makes sense as that's where people want their specific features in.

From apaspai a description of how to configure GlassFish with Hibernate and MySQL (in Spanish, sorry, I couldn't resist).

From Montana Grizzlies are Rebounding from Extinction (there were already very healthy On the Web, in Canada, and, more recently, also in Prague!). And, from the WebKit folks, reports of substantial improvements on JavaScript interpretation using SquirrelFish Extreme.

And Apple does it Again, this time with Mail, and it Gets Slashdotted.

... Rails vs Merb, Securing WebApps, Fast Deployments, Compass 2.1, Localizing WebSynergy, IM and Cisco and CDN and Amazon

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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At MindBucket Paul provides a comparison of the (single-client) performance of Rails vs Merb. Rails is the incumbent in Ruby frameworks; Merb is a very interesting newcomer. Merb is thread-safe, and so will be Rails 2.0, but the comparison does not consider concurrency so that should be a key issue. The comparison includes numbers on GlassFish Server (and stay tuned for more fine-tuning for that case).

From the NetBeans team, a Tutorial on Securing WebApps using Role-Based authentication. The tutorial has detailed step-by-step instructions using NetBeans 6.5 and GlassFish Server.

Ludo addresses Rapid Deployment of Apps on GlassFish in a thread at the GlassFish Users Forum Also hints at future improvements (teaser!).

Shay reports that Compass 2.1 M3 is now available with improved GlassFish support.

From Mahipalsinh an explanation of how to Localize WebSynergy, so you can do it for your favorite language.

And, on the section of important Industry News, Cisco buys Jabber, which should provide integrated IM in their offerings, and Amazon launches CDN service, a la Akamai, LimeLight and others. One of the nice things of working in this industry, it is never boring!

Thursday Sep 18, 2008

... JavaZone News, Building GF, Full Duplex, Free Hosting, S2 and JBoss and BlackBox XD,

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Alexis reports from JavaZone about his presentation on Scripting in GlassFish v3 and reports it was Standing Room Only! JavaZone seems a Nice Conference; maybe Alexis will have some pics to post?.

Also from Alexis, a quick recipe for Building GFv2 from Source, in response to some questions in the mailing lists. Be sure to check the comments for clarifications on testing configurations.

John recently became a committer into Grizzly. He already contributed a tutorial on Writing a Protocol using Grizzly and now has mutated that into an implementation of HTTP Chunked Transfer Coding - see his writeup on Full Duplex communication.

Alex de Marco followed on the free hosting offer from OStatic and already qualified and seems very happy... and, to, give back, he provides a Quick Start Guide on his virtualized container.

Release Noises Galore: SpringSource is getting ready their Apache Tomcat-based server, now under the new name ofdm Server RC2... and JBoss now has a Java EE 5-Certified JBoss 5 RC2. I guess I could have filed this under the battle of the RC2s! S2 promises a final release in 2 weeks, JBoss in around 6 - we will see...

And on the big-toys front, a new version of BlackBox, the MD D20. I initially thought it would be using a longer container but it is still a 20 footer, just with different internal layout - clearly customer-driven. See the Technical Specs and the overview from On The Record.