Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

... JRuby Pools, Mural, JSF 2.0 EDR2, MacBooks, and Sun Hardware from Dunnington to Hadrons

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Jacob explains the (simple) configuration options for JRuby Pool.

Srenga does a Shallow Dive into Mural, the Open Source MDM engine in the GlassFish community.

The JSR314 EG has released the Expert Draft 2 for JSF 2.0 (Download). This version includes Section 13.3 on JavaScript API (thanks for the tip, Roger), as well as Section 3.6 on Composite UI Components (see the Enterprise Tips on this feature: Part I and Part II).

Our household owns several aging Apple laptops so I am keeping an eye on the MacBook Shipments rumor, although OpenSolaris continues to make progress and that may soon be a realistic option for us.

Intel has announced the new high-end Dunnington processors ( InternetNews), and Sun already has machines to accompany them (Marketwatch).

And in all the noise about the LHC I had missed that the CERN is Thumpers and StorageTek products to store the data - through the Customer Ready program.

Sunday Sep 14, 2008

... JSF Features, Griffon, Sailfin Competition, Size of EJB 3.1, IzPack and IPS, and Apple Store Revolts

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From the land of the JSF 2.0 Spec Ed is asking for feedback on the last list of JSF Features that are considered by the Expert Group. The Full List has 37 entries, of which 20 are Listed as Hard.

Griffon is a Grails-like framework that uses Groovy and Swing for RIA. Geertjan has already written an Overview and now explains how to add support to it in NetBeans by Converting Grails to Griffon. Both NetBeans and GlassFish Server are very inclusive on the scripting front: a very warm welcome to our party!

A quick heads-up from the Sailfin community: a last chance to enter the Sailfin/Ericsson Contest, the deadline is Sept 30th.

Adam continues his advocacy for EJB 3.x, specially EJB 3.1 and points out that the implementation of EJB 3.1 is very small! Ken just told me that the EG is making good progress with the next public draft, so stay tuned on that front.

Julien continues to work on IzPack for GlassFish (as time is available!) and now has a version using the IPS Packaging system and GlassFish v3. Check out JPZ's note, while ChrisK goes into More Dicussion of the IPS details. The download is here - Julien said he would try to get a new rev "soon"...

And noises of unhappiness with the recent Rejection of Podcaster from the iTunes AppStore because: <quote>Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes<\quote>. See the comments from Spier (the developer of Exposure) and Gruber.

Friday Sep 12, 2008

... GlassFish ESB M1, Kenai and JRuby, SocialSite News, OpenDS and Intel Dave

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From OpenESB, the first milestone for GlassFIshESB. Andi will post a longer entry later in the weekend but in the meantime check the Announcement and the Welcome from Bill.

Kenai beta is out, a very strong proof that JRuby on GlassFish (v2) is ready for the prime time. The event deserves a full spotlight and I'll do one this weekend.

SocialSite continues making progress. Vijay provides a list of the projects Recent Changes which include a new security model, full support for OpenSocial RESTful APIs, and more. The team will also start following the GlassFish usual model of regular milestones.

From OpenDS, Terry more reports on the Logger Analyzer. I need to spend more time in the OpenDS mailing lists - or convince Ludovic et al to blog more often!

And, from Intel Dave a nice screencast describing Role of Wireless in OpenSolaris. Neat to see an Intel guy talking about your Intel centrino-based OpenSolaris laptop!. Yeah for OpenSource!

Tuesday Sep 09, 2008

... Quartz and CEP for OpenESB, JDBC Pooling for Rails, JustJava in Brazil and JavaZOne in Norway

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Two news from OpenESB - first a partnership with ComplexEvents.Com in the area of Complex Event Processing (thanks, Prashant). The second is the announcement of an Scheduler Service Engine using OpenSymphony Quartz.

Arun has done an update of one of his early Tip Of The Day, showing how to do JDBC Connection Pooling in Rails for GlassFish v3.

And, from Conference-Land: Kohsuke is in Brazil right now at JustJava - look for him in the Agenda, (but, no, he is not presenting in Brazilian Brazilian Portuguese, somebody will translate!) Alexis will be next week in Oslo at JavaZone, and then it will be Arun's turn, again in Brazil. Check Alexis's September's Conference Recap.

Monday Sep 08, 2008

... Closest Commands, GlassFish Downloads, Bill-the-Blogger, RFID EveryWhere and First Beam

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From Jane, a report that GlassFish v3 now also supports the popular Closest Matching Commands from its predecessor, GFv2.

Up in Castellers I posted preliminary download numbers for GlassFish Server. I regularly get surprised reactions when I point out that GlassFish has many more downloads than JBoss, so, if you are curious, check it out.

A warm welcome to Bill Wilkins to the blogosphere. Bill is the director for SOABI at Sun and, thus, responsible for OpenESB. Check out his first three posts: Establishing OASIESB, Community Collaboration and Growing Our Appeal.

From the Engadget - the land of toys - a report of TikiTag, RFID for the masses, which may even be useful for something besides Tagging cats :-)

And, from CERN, the inventors of the World Wide Web, an invitation to a Live Broadcast of the First Bean of the Large Hadron Collider. See you at the WebCast, if the world does Not End Then!.

Saturday Sep 06, 2008

... Quickstart OpenSSO, RailsConf, VirtualBox Support, Sun Storage, and Boomerangs

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From Rajeev, a report on an OpenSSO WebStart Prototype done through embedding GlassFish v3. Just click and go! A big change from a couple of years ago when installing and starting Sun's Access Manager was such a big task! And, from SuperPat a report on OpenSSO Integration with JIRA, done by Alexey.

From Arun, trip reports on the RailsConf Europe 2008 at Berlin, Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.

The VirtualBox team has been very busy and they have Released VirtualBox 2.0 (Press Release). Check the Changelog and Download it. A change in this release is that, as with the strategy followed by the rest of our Open Source portfolio, VB 2.0 now has enterprise support.

On the Storage side, a Press Release reporting that Sun's market share growth the last quarter grew almost 30% Y-to-Y (top in the industry). And this is w/o the OpenStorage systems getting readied, see ComputerWorld and NYTimes.

And a very warm welcome back to Lew Tucker. Lew was in the original JavaSoft group and we overlapped briefly there. Sun has quite an open door policy to people who left (and bring back fresh experiences from outside). We even have coined a term for them: Boomerangs :-).

... Valves in GlassFish, OpenMQ and Mule ESB, Free Hosting and CrazyRails

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The vast majority of Tomcat applications ran fin on GlassFish. Jan tell us that now even the ones using the Tomcat-style valves will run unmodified.

Of at The ServerSide Pawan explains How to use OpenMQ with Mule ESB by configuring the Mule JMS connector. Added (by pelegri) - I've heard of a number of requests for this, please let us know if you use the combination so we can track OpenMQ adoption.

LayeredTech announced free GlassFish hosting for Sun Startup Essentials™ Program participants.

CrazyRails has a post on how to install JRuby on Rails on Mac, including GlassFish and MySQL setup. More GlassFish coverage is promised.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

... Liferay and NetBeans, GF Adoption in Bangalore, Hudson and Polls, GF at OStatic, DTrace BDay, and Science and Rap

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Benefits of project WebSynergy, Satya reports that Portal Pack (for NetBeans) Now Supports Liferay.

From Bangalore a report by Vasudha on a Large Attendance on Vasundha's Presentation on GlassFish. Use of GlassFish in India started slow but it has been accelerating very rapidly recently; we see it in download numbers and also in registrations - India is the country with the 4th largest representation, over 10% of the 184K registrations this year.

Hudson continues to gather adoption and advocates. ThinkVitamin reports on Automated Testing with Hudson and Selenium, and the WSJ SOA Reader's Choice on Automation Tool Poll has Hudson winning handly - but don't hesitate to Add your Vote.

Ken was interviewed by OStatic on GlassFish; check out his interview; and don't forget the OStatic Free Hosting Offer.

More BDays... this time is the 5th Anniversary of DTrace!

And, under the And Now for Something Completely Different, check out the Hadron Collider Rap!

Monday Sep 01, 2008

... Chrome Browser, Mozilla Ubiquity, JMX Events, WSRP and Liferay, xVM Server EA

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The biggest (technical) news of the day is the Google announcement of a WebKit-based Chrome browser (Blog, Cartoon). I have mixed feelings about this; competition is usually good for users/consumers, but I like that FireFox is an independent party, generating things like Ubiquity and Smart Location-Bar...

From the OpenPortal folks, WSRP Consumer in Liferay (it was already in WebSynergy) and progress on the NetBeans 6.5 Portal Pack.

From Eamonn, a description of the JMX Event Service in JDK 7 Snapthots, including things like more flexible notifications and the ability to use additional transports. Eamonn and Shanliang are asking for feedback on the design.

And from Steve and update on the next phase in the xVM Server Early Access.

Saturday Aug 30, 2008

... Metro and JAXB, Sahoo, NetBeans 6.5, SpringSource, OpenDS, and Wonderland and Blender

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From Jitu, a description of how to use JAXBContext in Metro.

From the SDN Team, it is Sahoo's turn to have his 15 Minutes of Fame; check out Janice's Interview where they cover many topics, from working from India, to OSGi.

Davis has a short note showing how to get started with a Servlet App using GFv3 Prelude in NetBeans 6.5.

The ever-observant Adam asks whether SpringSource is Working on EJB 3.1. Not sure if he is reading a bit too much into the tealeaves, or whether somebody had an oops...

From OpenDS community, Terry reports on his OpenDS Access Log Analyzer WebApp, intended for a future putback into OpenDS. And, a very complimentary testimonial about the ease of installation of OpenDS from KR in his OpenDS in 5 Minutes.

And, from Wonderland they have started creating a new, high quality, public world (see WonderBlog and Angad). A nice part is that they are going to be using Blender for the graphics. Blender is an open source tool that seems to be gaining adoption, the results are very good - see for instance the trailer for The Big Buck Bunny. Blender is also a Sun offering at Network.Com/Apps/Blender (thanks to Kevin for the tip).

Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

... GF v3 Memory Consumption, Rails App in 15 minutes, Managing JRuby Instances, OpenMQ 4.3, and Solaris on Dell

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Jason provides early indications of Improved Memory Consumption in GlassFish v3. Since GFv3 Prelude is early in the cycle of GFv3, expect further improvements over the life of the release family.

Charles has a detailed description of how to write a Rails App on GlassFish using the latest run-time/packagings. And Jacob describes improvements he is working on for dynamically managing the pool of JRuby instances in GlassFish.

From the OpenMQ Team, more Details on OpenMQ 4.3, which will be part of GlassFish v2.1. Proposed new functionality includes a REST Messaging API, AIX support, more platforms, STOMP Support, and more. As always, provide feedback to the team at Users at OpenMQ.dev.java.net.

And from OnTheRecord... the Original Announcement was last year and now we have the product: Solaris on Dell is finally here: Solaris@Dell.COM, Online Configurator.

Monday Aug 25, 2008

... Django on Jython on GlassFish, JavaFX performance

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From Chris a report on the performance improvements of JavaFX: where JavaFX is close to Java in performance. Big improvements since this Earlier Post. I know the JavaFX compiler team (Robert, Per, Brian) and they are all top notch.

From Leo Soto, the Django Framework now runs on Jython. See Leo's blog entry and the Wiki page for details... and How to Run it on GlassFish. One more scripting language and framework! Jython is moving much faster than I had anticipated; Frank is already Working on Jython 2.5.

Sunday Aug 24, 2008

... Saving Money with JavaCAPS, From NB to GF, Mural Tutorial, EJB Performance

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From Kevin and Mark - The recent Price Increate on Oracle Fusion has lead to a new conversion offer for Java CAPS (our SOA product built on GlassFish Server and OpenESB). Check Kevin's and OnTheRecord, these videos (beware! auto-run) and InfoWorld and TheRegister.

Alexis noticed a common thread in several comments in the USER alias for GlassFish Server and explains How Configuration on NetBeans may differ from that of your deployment GlassFish Server; and what to do about it.

Thanks to Swen-Helge for a pointer to this Mural/MDM tutorial.

From Adam a report on Informal Performance of Remote EJB. Adam has a number of entries at his blog arguing for EJB 3(.x) as lightweight component.

Saturday Aug 23, 2008

... Arun in Berlin, GlassFish MEP, WebLogic, JBoss 5,

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Arun will be in Berlin for the Rails Conf and is already planning other visits. So far he is already planning a visit to the Berling JUG and TU; contact him if your group (or company) is interested in chatting about GlassFish et al.

Ryan has been covering the client side of GlassFish MEP: first check out his Mobile Client SDK Overview, then a Closer look to the MCBI API and finally, the first part of Developing MEP Clients. The server side is covered by Santiago and Art, check out MEP. Also don't miss the JavaOne Slides on MEP.

Oracle has Announced WebLogic 10g R3 (InfoQ Announcement) their first release of since their acquisition of BEA. The release seems an evolution of their previous direction, with price hikes tossed in.

Sacha writes about their first JavaEE 5-based GA release, JBoss 5, due in "a couple of months". Since he compares it to GlassFish, I'll note that our third JavaEE 5-based major release, GFv3 Prelude, is due in mid-October, after GFv1 - May 06 - and GFv2 - Sept 07.

Also, I Will be away on a trip for the next 3 days, so don't expect any posts until Wednesday.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

... Rails 2.2, Arun on JSF Apps, OpenOffice and OpenESB, FishCAT turns 30!, Adobe and JavaFX

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Arun points out that Rails 2.2 is going to be multi-threaded. That's very good, specially in the context of a JRuby implementation - no need to do magical pooling of instances and the such!

And, talking about Arun, his latest TOTD entry (#42!) is a Hello World using JSF. Good to see Arun helping there; the JSF 2.0 spec includes a lot of interesting new features and we are going to need help to provide examples on how to use them!

Sebastien writes about how to his OpenESB application uses the OpenOffice Java API to Include MS Office Conversion in his application.

Judy reports that there are now 30 FishCAT members around the world that will help improve the quality of the GlassFIsh Server. All of them are non-Sun employees; I count 16 countries at the Quality Portal Home Page.

The JavaFX team provides an introduction to the Project Nile, which provides a mechanism to incorporate Adobe graphical assets into JavaFX; check out the Screencast by Jeff Hoffman and the Tutorial Document.