Friday Sep 18, 2009

Free Webinar - Deploy Rails Applications to GlassFish

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Arun will give a Webinar on deploying Rails Applications to GlassFish next Wednesday. Details at the Registration Page and at Arun's post; the summary is:

Topic: Deploy Your Rails Apps on GlassFish Webinar
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Time: 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT / 19.00 CET
Duration: 1 hour
Speaker: Arun Gupta, GlassFish Evangelist

I've entered this event in the GlassFish Events Calendar. Let us know of any events that are relevant to the GlassFish community so we can capture them there.

Thursday Mar 19, 2009

Daemons and More - GlassFish v3 Gem 0.9.3 is Out

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The GlassFish Gem is a GFv3 server for Rack-based Ruby Frameworks (specifically Rails, Sinatra, Merb). Vivek and team have just released 0.9.3 which includes improvements and features like Deamon Mode, GFrake Task, Configuration, Logging and Error Reporting, Sinatra support and more. Check Vivek's writeup for full details.

And this is a good opportunity to link to Arun's list of posts on how to test that GlassFish and JRuby/Rails are working well together, testing: GF Gem, GF v3 Prelude, GF v3, GF v2 + Warbler and GF v3 and Redmine. Check them out.

Monday Jan 19, 2009

... Merb into Rails 3, Crossbow, Q-Layer, Open Web Server, Solaris Patches

Here are some recent news that will have an impact on many of our GlassFish users:

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From Ruby-land, news that Merb will merge into Rails 3. This seems a case where combining the two efforts should improve the result. We are also noticing a significant increase in the mindshare around JRuby in all these projects as the quality of JRuby continues to increase. Added - also see the Story at SDTimes.

Crossbow is the Solaris' Network Virtualization architecture and has just been released into OpenSolaris. Crossbow provides "virtualized lanes" that will scale at high performance over many cores; see Sunnay's Introduction and Ben's two posts: Announcement and Experiments. Crossbow is useful for Network Resource Allocation and will have deep implications for our Virtualization offerings - see Michaels' note from 2008 on the topic.

From the cloud computing area, Sun acquires Q-Layer; see the Press Release. Vijay has two relevant posts: an Introduction with several good links and a Terminology Overview; Om (@GigaOm) also writes about the Acquisition. Q-Layer should be a great addition to the xVM family.

We planned it a while ago, announced it in July, and it finally happened! The core of the Sun Web Server (used in places like MLB.com and Sun's own BSC and Sun Forums) is now Open Source - see the announcements from CVR and Jyri. The ancestry of the code goes back to the Netscape Server but it has changed quite a bit; see Jyri's details. Sun Web Server 7.0 U4 is included in OpenSolaris but it is also available separately as part of the Sun Web Stack 1.4 and contains many features that complement the GlassFish Server.

Finally, from Solaris-land, a note that Sun is now doing Stricter Enforcement of the existing Patch Policy. No changes or impact on the situation for Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server patches - see our Sun's GF Enterprise Support.

Sunday Sep 21, 2008

... 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!

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Rails Monitoring on GlassFish via New Relic

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RailsInside reports on New Relic "lite", a new free version of New Relic RPM that provides Rails monitoring. The product provides information on throughput, response time as load increases and per-controller action time information.

New Relic also has a fully-featured version (watch the Product Tour); and both versions are Supported for GlassFish Server!

Arun says he is going to a deeper review of this and another product very soon; stay tuned.

Developing Kenai - Agility on an OpenSource Enterprise Foundation

Last week Kenai went beta, with the usual services in a development hub site plus an additional "connected" angle. Our GF CORBA project is already using its Hg repository but another very interesting angle is the technology mix.

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Kenai acheived development agility with reliability by using a combination of our scripting (JRuby/Rails) and enterprise (GlassFish v2, MySQL, OpenSolaris) technologies. These combinations are beginning to pop all over and are one of the key targets of GlassFish, using JRuby (see Nick's Blog site), Groovy (see Glenn's GroovyBlogs), or others.

Back to Kenai, check out Tim's Interview with Nick, and some Technical Details on Caching and in Testing/Performance Methodology. Also see Pictures from Austvik, Spotlight from Arun and Lenz's Technology Overview.

Saturday Sep 06, 2008

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

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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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

Scripting roundup: PHP, Rails on GlassFish

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Dick has a detailed post on "LAMP stack on GlassFish" which really focused on Caucho's Quercus PHP runtime inside GlassFish to execute Wordpress (with MySQL as the back-end obviously). The post provides database setup details and prefers standalone WAR files (carying along Quercus).

SĂ©bastien focuses on Joomla on GlassFish but prefers the PHP/JavaBridge route even if it requires more configuration steps including a native PHP installation.

In JRuby on Rails land, Jacob has a two-part series on how to make the GlassFish jRubyOnRails runtime pooling more effective and the AI-logic available to other scripting technologies hosted in GlassFish as well.

Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

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

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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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.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

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

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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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.

GlassFish JDBC Pooling for the Rails Developer

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Back in Sept'07 Arun wrote about Using GlassFish's JDBC connection Pooling in a Rails App; now Ikai@LinkedIn has an updated note that includes changes since then and presents the instructions from the perspective of a Rails developer.

Ikai's note covers warbler, the MySQL Connection Adaptor and Other Code. Check out Ikai's writeup, and I hope we can tell you more about that particular use case!

Thursday Aug 14, 2008

... US Ruling on OpenSource Licenses, Wotif and OpenMQ, Rails Conf, SocialSite and OpenSocial, LWUIT

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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TheRegister reports on a ruling by the US Federal Court of Appeals asserting the Validity of Open Source Licenses. As usual, IANAL, but this surely looks like good news for OpenSource companies (like Sun).

Wotif.COM is now a formal reference for Sun's distributions of GlassFIsh Server and OpenMQ.

Arun will be Presenting at Rails Europe, Sept 2-4 in Berlin.

Ana describes how to migrate SocialSite widgets from OpenSocial 0.7 to 0.8. And Patrick has Nice Words about SocialSite.

LWUIT was released, with posts at OnTheRecord, Shai and Terrence.

Sunday Jul 20, 2008

Rails/Ruby News - Resources, Tutorials, Adoption Stories

Trying to catch up a bit on Ruby/Rails/JRuby related news...

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Two new NetBeans 6.1 Ruby tutorials: Getting Started With Ruby and Rails and Using Java Libraries in Rails Applications. The last topic is one of the big benefits of JRuby, one example is this report of Calling into Sun's SSO and another is this Tutorial showing Invoking Java 2D Graphics.

A recent adoption story is CSI's use of JRuby in a project on Infectious disease reporting and management. Slightly older is Nick's This Blog now Powered by GlassFish and JRuby.

Overall, very nice progress on the JRuby/Rails front. I believe the last set of formal releases were: Release of GlassFish Gem 0.3.0/0.3.1 (announcement and update), and JRuby Module in the Update Centers with JRuby 1.1.1. The interest continues to grow and it is moving closer to actual deployments; perhaps time to start a commercial support offering?

PS. Arun has a whole collection of applicable entries tagged JRuby.

Tuesday Jun 03, 2008

GlassFish v3 JavaOne Scripting demo revealed

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Arun has a blog entry up announcing the availability of the JavaOne '08 "TicTacToe" demo from the glassfish-scripting site. The source code for the Java EE, Rails and Grails applications are all available along with some documentation.

What makes this demo interesting is GlassFish v3's fast startup, dynamic behavior (loading the web container, the JRubyOnRails or the Groovy runtimes on demand), but also how multiple applications written in different languages and frameworks can be hosted in the same environment while sharing things such as a comet context.

Arun and the team are taking feedback on webtier-AT-glassfish.dev.java.net or on the GlassFish WebTier Forum. If this scripting topic is of interest to you, you should probably follow Vivek's blog, the Scripting for GlassFish lead.