Wednesday Oct 18, 2006

Web Services Comparison Matrix Updated with GlassFish Implementation

XML Duke

The Apache Wiki has a Web Services stack comparison table and Arun has updated it with information on the GlassFish implementation (thanks to Dims for the invitation). I have a biased perspective, but I believe our implementation is industry-leading and is just getting better. And this is without considering performance, where I expect us to excel: New WS in GF V2, Async Support.

Interoperability (Project Tango) is another strong feature in GlassFish and, coincidentally, The Server Side has an interview with Microsoft’s Jorgen Thelin talking about the Interop Plugfests. Arun just wrote about the interview in his blog, and so did Jorgen - and check this nice closeup of the interop scorecard.

For more information on our WS stack, check Arun's blog and look in earlier More TA entries.

Friday Oct 13, 2006

GlassFish V2 M2 is out

Duke for GF, V2

The second Milestone for GlassFish V2 is available. This release is part of our Continuous Improvements approach; you can check the Highlights for M2 and then Download it. We have updated the QuickStart guide, as well as the Architecture Document. You can also checkk the full GF V2 Roadmap

This release improves substantially on Milestone 1 and many bugs were fixed. It adds MacOS X support for clustering and integrates a first batch of WSIT (ProjectTango) features. The download size is also smaller thanks to Pack200.

I will double-check that the highlights are complete and will add any missing to the Wiki page. We are still getting used to using CVS-News and we don't use that all the time.

Friday Oct 06, 2006

The Third WS PlugFest Interoperability - GlassFish and Microsoft's WCF

Seattle from Kerry Park

A report from Arun on the 3rd WSIT (Project Tango) and WCF (Indigo) PlugFest. This time they tested WS-Atomic Transactions, WS-Reliable Messaging, WS-Secure Conversation, WSS 1.0 and 1.1, WS-Trust, as well as two-way composite scenarios like Secure Reliable Messaging and Secure MTOM. Like the first and the second plugfests, this one was in Seattle.

WSIT is part of Project GlassFish. It can be downloaded directly from WSIT.dev.java.net and it will be included in the Milestone 2 of GlassFish V2, due out any day now.

Saturday Sep 23, 2006

WSIT (Project Tango) Milestone 2 Now Available

WSIT (Project Tango) is celebrating their second milestone. You can download it now from here and it will be part of GF V2 M2 later this month. This is a major stabilizing release, providing much better integration with Microsoft's implementations. The team has written a number of blogs covering the technologies:

A Roman Milestone

• Harold, the technical lead, provides an Introduction and Overview.
•  Mike has been leading and covers Reliable Messaging.
•  Sekhar does the same on Data Binding, which is particularly delicate given that three languages are involved: XML Schema, C# and Java.
•  Fabian talks about WS Policy, which is fundamental in describing the properties of the endpoints.
•  Arun describes the latest developments in WS-Addressing, which is used to describe EndPoint References
•  Bobby's blog is on Meta-Data Exchange (MEX) which is used to obtain the WSDL and Schema for an endpoint.

Check the tutorial (to be updated), the home page, and provide feedback through the Forum or the Mailing List. BTW, Microsoft recently provided assurances to the community regarding implementing these specifications.