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.

Wednesday Jul 29, 2009

WebStack 1.5 - Your (L)AMP Stack

Sun's LAMP support is assembled from two pieces: the L is from our Linux/GNU Support (see SunSolve entry), while the AMP comes from the GlassFish WebStack, which, in its latest incarnation includes Apache HTTP Server, lighttpd, memcached, MySQL, PHP, Python, Ruby, Squid, Tomcat, GlassFish (v2.1) and Hudson (features).

The inclusion of Hudson is a bit of an opportunistic move (more on that in a bit), the rest comprises a well tested, integrated, optimized, and extended component stack for your new and old Web Apps.

The WebStack can be downloaded here; the bundle includes the WebStack Enterprise Manager, which, unlike the other components, is not free right-to-use but rather is available with an eval license; this is a model like that of the GlassFish Enterprise Manager. The current release supports RHEL, Solaris and OpenSolaris (it is bundled in OpenSolaris); for additional details, check out the Documentation and Discussion Forum.

Check out these posts from the WebStack team:

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• Brian's Announcement
• CVR's Announcement and Overview.
• CVR's note on two key properties: Fully Relocatable, and Updatable.
• Jiri on Installation and Overview.
• Sriram on Installing AMP stack within GlassFish Web Stack 1.5.
• Irfan on the Enterprise Manager's Navigation Panel.
• Jeff on Installing via IPS tools.

Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

JRuby and EngineYard

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Today's Buzz on JRuby talks about Charles, Nick, and Tom joining EngineYard to continue the development of JRuby. See Charle's Post on EY's blog and also his Comments at eWeek.

Best wishes to our friends at EY, and looking forward to keeping GlassFish v3 the best server-container for JRuby.

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.

Wednesday Dec 17, 2008

OpenMQ 4.3 Now Available - Includes Universal Message Service

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OpenMQ 4.3 is now available (download). This release will be included in GlassFish v2.1 but also is useful on its own. One of the most interesting pieces is the new http-based Universal Messaging Service which can be used to access OpenMQ from a browser using AJAX, as well .Net, Python, Ruby, and many others (including Java!) - see Intro, Samples, Protocol and Configuration.

Other functionality includes new platforms (AIX, Oracle 11g, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008), a new installer, and additional Samples for things like talking to HermesJMS and STOMP.

Sun's distribution of OpenMQ still uses the "Sun Java System" brand but it follows the standard GlassFish Enterprise Business Model - see Product Page, Documentation and Downloads. And you can can purchase Commercial Subscription Support.

Sunday Nov 30, 2008

... JSF 2.0 Samples, Merb Support, More Prizes, Multi-Lingual Downloads, JavaFX, Modular JDK

A compilation of news of interest:

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JSF 2.0 went into Public Review Draft and Jim has posted more entries in his series showing how to take advantage of the new functionality. In the first one, he describes how to write an AJAX-aware Editable Text Component - sources are here. The second is a SwitchList - sources for an AJAX-aware variant are here (I suspect Jim will write about that version soon).

Arun has written two pieces on how to use the GlassFish v3 Gem with Merb. In the first one he covers the basics while the second Provides a Scaffold for a typical application. The posts have already been used successfully by Ashley Towers, Grant Michaels, iamclovin. Aded - Also check on details on Grant's Experience.

The winners of the Student Contest on MySQL and GlassFish (Official Rules, Announcement) have been announced. They are grouped into two categories, Campus Ambassadors and General Students, with one Grand Prize and several (4/3) Second Prizes on each. The winners are from Brazil (4), India (3), China (1) and the US (1). Full details (and photos) in the Winner Announcement - and thanks to Arun for the tip.

More Translations, this time of the download pages of GlassFish v3 Prelude to 7 languages: German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese - see Ogino's Note;

JavaFX will be launched this Thursday, Dec 4th, but the previews are starting to show. Chris - the original inventor of F3, the precursor to JavaFX - has a Thank-you note, while Robert has published the Reference Manual (thanks to Octavian for the tip). Stay tuned for more news during the launch.

And, in the meantime, on OpenJDK-land, Mark is describing the issues involved in today's Monolithic JDK, which we need to address if we want this infrastructure to be widely available as the basis for efforts like JavaFX.

Monday Nov 17, 2008

New GlassFish GEM Release (0.9, almost there)

I'm late - Vivek and Jacob announced it ten days ago - but I can't let it go by: the 0.9 release of the GlassFish Gem is now available.

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So, what does Glassfish gem get you? As Jacob writes...

Briefly, it gives you everything from glassfish v3 prelude in a small, easy-to-use package. It's a production-quality application server with all of the features that I've been talking about here: auto-runtime configuration, merb/rack support, application auto-detection, etc.

... plus a toaster... :-)

Check out Vivek and Jacob's writeups for details, including the reference to the toaster.

Monday Nov 10, 2008

Dynamic / Scripting Languages Support in GlassFish v3 Prelude - Webinar for November 13th

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Our next full-length webinar is on Scripting (or Dynamic) Languages in GlassFish v3 Prelude this Thursday, Nov 13th. Same usual time, 11:15 am Pacific Time.

This is a full-length (1 hour) version of the presentation that Vivek gave last week at GlassFish Day (SlideShare, Recording). Vivek will cover the multiplicity of languages supported and the technology; demos will be included

For more details, check the Schedule and Channel Overview. Hope to see you Online!

Saturday Oct 04, 2008

Hudson Roundup - Polls, Awards, Comparisons, Ruby, Grails and C++, Sonar, JBoss Portal, Courses

My last Hudson roundup was back in May (hudson+adoption). Adoption continues to be very strong, and there are plenty of interesting links, although I didn't try to catch up with all the backlog.

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• The GlassFish Awards Program results were Announced at Sao Paolo with many Hudson winners. Details on the program will be at the GAP blog and we will recap here

• Results on two Polls: Top three sots at the ongoing Wakaleo Consulting poll are Hudson (166), Continuum (82), CruiseControl (87), while the Best Automation Tool results at WSJ SOA Reader's Choice poll are Hudson (264), Oracle's SOA Management Pack (152), IBM's Rational Functional Tester (149).

• Product comparisons include Chris Read, Peter Franza, and Java Papo (really book review). Hudson looks very good in all of them.

• New integrations include Integration with Sonar (the Quality Control Tool), and Integration with Windmill (the Testing Framework)

• Two posts by Schenide describing integration with non-Java environments: C++, CMake and CUnit and Grails.

• Several JBoss folks seem to be adopting Hudson (at least one being a GAP winner!), and the JBoss Portal folks describe a plugin that provides integration with SmartFrog. I could not find the plugin though, send me a pointer if you know where it is.

And reports on two recent presentations: a CI Camp near Munich and TAE Boston 2008

Tuesday Aug 19, 2008

... OpenJDK in Debian, Wotif and OpenMQ, New Bloggers, Wonderland 0.4, Solaris Features

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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From Barton, confirmation that OpenJDK is in Debian (in Lenny). That makes Fedora, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Debian; OpenJDK is also available for RedHat and CentOS. Not bad!

New Sun bloggers: Jacob has started writing about Ruby and Rails as a new engineer in the GLassFish Scripting team, and Michael will provide his Experiences in OpenESB from interactions with its customers. Welcome to both!

Wotif.COM is now a Formal GlassFish Reference, including its use of OpenMQ.

From the WonderBlog an announcement of the Release of Wonderland 0.4.

Joerg has two new multi-part series on Solaris, one covers CacheFS, the other the JumpStart Enterprise Toolkit.

Saturday Aug 16, 2008

... NetBeans Ruby, JSF 2.0 Events, CallFlow in Sailfin, Phobos and jMaki, JavaFX Ask-the-Experts, xVM Server Demo ... and Solar Farms

A compilation of today's news of interest:

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The Tutorial Divas have been updating their Ruby tutorials to the forthcoming NetBeans 6.5 release that includes GlassFish v3 Prelude. They have comments on the key tutorials: Setup, Getting Started and Ruby Weblog in 10 Minutes. Check their Getting Started with NetBeans Ruby 6.5.

Ryan continues his series on JSF 2.0 new features with a Practical Example of the JSF 2.0 Event System. Ryan's previous 7 entries cover all the main features in JSF 2.0 (including the Event system) and are collected in This TA Spotlight.

Back in March, Yamini wrote an entry on how to use the CallFlow Monitoring in SailFin and now has a followup with an FAQ on CallFlow. Expect more coverage on SailFin as the product moves towards its final release at the end of the year.

From Roberto, a new Enterprise Tech Tip on Building An Ajax-Enabled Web Application Using Phobos and jMaki.

From the JavaFX team, an invitation to participate next week in an Ask-the-Experts session. This is a Q&A format via email, with replies summarized and available for later use. Check Rita's Note, or go directly to the Ask the Experts website.

From Steve a screencast of a Live xVM Server Demo.

And, for something different, from The New York Times, a report on two very large Solar Farms in California. One step at a time...

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 Jul 08, 2008

InfoWorld - NetBeans Top Rated as Ruby IDE

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InfoWorld just published a review of 9 Rails IDEs, including solutions based on Eclipse, IDEA and NetBeans to specialized solutions. The prices vary, going all the way up to $399 for CodeGear 3rdRail 1.1, but the winner, with an Excellent rating, is free: NetBeans 6.1.

Full details at: Lab test: Climb aboard Ruby on Rails.

Monday Jul 07, 2008

NetBeans 6.5 M1 - Now Available

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The first Milestone of NetBeans 6.5 is now Available for Download. This release includes support for Groovy, Ruby, Spring, Hibernate, JPA and more, and GlassFish v3.

Check New and Noteworthy for full details, but, arguably one of the most important additions is PHP support. See Overview Screencast, Documentation and the NetBeans/PHP Blog.

Friday Mar 07, 2008

Betting on JRuby and GlassFish

Heard on the blogosphere ...

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Teflon Ted's blog entry Rails Doesn't Scale is betting on JRuby and GlassFish. It says:

"Personally my money is on JRuby (and Glassfish) for the long haul; if you haven't checked out Glassfish yet, you're doing yourself a disservice!."


Have you checked out GlassFish v3 gem for JRuby ?

It is now hosted on RubyForge and can be easily installed using "gem install glassfish". Read more details here.