Monday Nov 30, 2009

3-in-1 - Patch 6 for GlassFish v2.1 Now Available

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We released GlassFish v2.1.1 at the end of October. As with GlassFish v2.1, this release played two roles: it was a public, no-fee, release, and it was also a commercial patch for earlier versions in the GlassFish v2 family. GlassFish v2.1.1 is, thus, also GFv2.1 p6 and SJS AS 9.1U2 p12. GFv2.1.1 addresses 121 new defects since the previous patch.

The patches are delivered in several formats (file and pkg) and became available at SunSolve in early December. More details on the release, including the list of bugs addressed, are available at GlassFish For Business, and at SunSolve. I've also updated the GlassFish v2 Family Overview.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

Sparky has a New Friend - Steve Harris at Devoxx

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Check out this photo of Steve Harris's keynote at Devoxx; Sparky has a new friend!

Twitter is full of positive comments. I need to do a pass to separate the interesting ones, but raw data at: #glassFish OR glassfish, #JavaEE6, #glassfish and #Devoxx. Looking forward to a complete report from Alexis (this photo is from the standing-room only JavaEE 6 University talk that he and Antonio gave).

PS. Thanks to whoever took Steve's photo. I'll add attribution as soon as I find the author Aaron Houston for Steve's photo.

Hudson Growth - Community and Product

The adoption of Hudson continues to grow and we are also beginning to see movement in Sun's commercial offering.

Kohsuke's Hudson Feed has many examples of adoption. The community is very active and recent posts include A Campfire Plugin and a CMake Plugin, a spanish Tutorial on SVN and Hudson and Using Hudson with Rational Team Concert (from the official IBM site!). Two posts with nice, quotable compliments are:

• From Grant Smith's Creating a Continuous Integration Server for Java Projects Using Hudson at Wazi: our conclusion - based on a combination of first-hand experience and other people's opinions - is that Hudson is the current front-runner among open source CI engines.

• From Joe Heck: Hudson - A lot of things done right: check out Hudson. It's a quick check - one download, one command-line, and you are rolling.

Three examples on the commercial side, all from today:

• We closed another customer for Sun's Hudson Support; nice! Just let us know if you have any questions.

• We also got email from one of Sun's Principal Field Engineers. He is overseas visiting a (very) large customer where he found wide use of Hudson and strong interest in improved support. We not even knew this company was using Hudson - strike another win for Open Source!

• And, our friends at Sun's Inner Circle - Sun's newsletter for CIOs - included an article on Hudson in the Nov/Dec issue.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2009

In This Week's Episode of the Sun/Oracle Saga...

This week carries a new episode in the Sun/Oracle/EU saga: The EU Comission has issued a statement of objections on the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.

Since I am a Sun employee, I will just provide the basic links, no matter how tempting it might be to go beyond that...

• (Nov 9th) EU issues SoO - I've only found indirect references to the SoO, like Sun's K-8 Filing.
• (later that same day...) Oracle reacted with a PR Statement.
• (a bit later...) The DOJ issued their own comment on the EU SoO.
• (next morming, Nov 10th) And the EU comments on the DOJ comment (Reuters)
• (and, on Nov 11th) According to eWeek Europe, the next step is a hearing on Nov 25th.

The material would make for good pulp fiction. It's very sad to see the impact on people, but today I was talking with a friend that was affected and he was being very good at keeping things in perspective, so I thought of using the front cover of a true pulp fiction: Doc Savage - which I first encountered in an old Spanish translation in a storage room in my grandfather's flat in Barcelona (together with copies of The Shadow and El Coyote).

Perhaps also time to watch again the movie? Blu-ray, pretty please?

Friday Nov 06, 2009

GlassFish at Devoxx 2009

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The Devoxx conference is around the corner (in just over a week) and will take place in Antwerp, Belgium as every year, only a bit earlier than usual (December was just too close to the Christmas holidays).

This week-long conference runs as follows: the first two days are 3-hour sessions to go deeper into the technology (they're called University sessions). The regular conference starts on the third day and offers keynotes and 1-hour sessions. Devoxx also has "Tools in actions" (30-minute), "BOFs", Quickies (15-minute), white boards, and more.

First and foremost, the Wednesday Sun and Oracle keynotes should not be missed (or to be watched later on Parleys) :
Java, the Platform for the Future - Steve Harris (Oracle)
Java EE 6 and GlassFish V3: Evolution of a Platform - Roberto Chinnici and Ludo Champenois.

But there's a also long list of GlassFish and Sun-related session for this year's session :

University talks :
Enhancing the JavaServer Faces 2.0 Component Model - Roger Kitain
SOA, OpenESB and OpenSSO Programming with Passion - Sang Shin
The Java EE 6 Platform University - Antonio Goncalves, Alexis MP

Sessions:
JDK7 Update - Mark Reinhold
The Java EE 6 Platform - Antonio Goncalves
Writing Asynchronous Web application (Comet) using the Atmosphere Framework - Jean-Francois Arcand, Paul Sandoz
Project Coin - Joe Darcy
Using BTrace and DTrace to Instrument and Analyse Java Applications - Simon Ritter
Enhancing the JavaServer Faces 2.0 Component Model - Roger Kitain
Managing GlassFish on OpenSolaris - Simon Ritter
The Modular Java Platform & Project Jigsaw - Mark Reinhold
Deep dive on the Java EE 6 platform with GlassFish V3 - Roberto Chinnici, Ludo Champenois

BOFs:
Grizzzly Servlet Container - Jean-Francois Arcand
Update JDK 7 - Mark, Alex, and Brian
The Modular Java Platform & Project JigSaw - Mark Reinhold, Alex Buckley

Quickies:
Java EE 6 and OSGi. Ludo Champenois

See you there!

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

New "Oracle and Sun Overview and FAQ"

Oracle has updated their page on Oracle and Sun and it now includes a PDF entitled "Oracle and Sun Overview and FAQ".  Check it out for comments on many topics covering Sun's Hardware (SPARC, Storage, x86) and Software offerings, including NetBeans, OpenOffice, MySQL, xVM OpsCenter, OpenSource, VirtualBox and GlassFish.

Sunday Oct 18, 2009

Proof that Sun is Cool! Sightings at Engadget (SunFire) and Gizmodo (VBox)

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No idea if there is any correlation, but this last week had sightings of Sun's products at two high-volume "gadget" news blogs: Engadget and Gizmodo. Engadget covered the New Sun FlashFire Cards while Gizmodo talkeda about VirtualBox.

I checked and the last time Engadget covered us significantly was back in 2007; Gizmodo has a few more hits. Does this means we are cool again? :-)

Wednesday Oct 14, 2009

OpenWorld 2009 Keynotes - Scott and Larry

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The first 4 recordings of the keynotes from Oracle OpenWorld are now available. The recordings are very well done: they are available for download in multiple formats (flash video/audio, mp4, mp3, ppt, txt) and the web viewer synchronizes video, audio, slides and transcript; nice!

One of the recordings is of Scott's Keynote. He did a bit of a retrospective on Sun, including some early days clips and a couple of top 10's. Scott's biggest applause was for his "proudest innovation":

"Kicked Butt, Had Fun, Didn't Cheat, Loved Our Customers, Changed Computing Forever"

The rest of Scott's keynote included a short visit by James and a longer one by John where he talked about the latest, benchmark-leading, flash-based, Sun systems. Larry closed the session, using the new systems to tease IBM on multiple fronts.

Scott's keynote was on Sunday; Larry's just finished a few minutes ago (Wednesday).

Larry's recording should be available "soon"; when it does, you may want to do a skim through the slides/transcript and slow down to video for those sections on which you are most interested. He covered four topics: an update on Oracle Enterprise Linux adoption, Exadata/Hardware, new Support Offering that combines MyOracle and their Enterprise Manager (quite similar in spirit to Sun's efforts), and an overview of the new Fusion Apps. He mentioned the cloud multiple times! Ah, and our Governator came for a quick visit!

The section on Fusion Apps was very interesting - I think Larry does a very good job to show the value prop (to the customers!) of the newly rewritten Apps. I had not really understood what the rewritten Apps really meant to Oracle and their customers. For example, he emphasized several times that Business Intelligence is built-in into the Apps, and that the UI is driven from there.

That's it for me on OOW. I spent about a day and a half at OpenWorld and Oracle Develop and I enjoyed the experience - although Very Different to JavaOne! You can get a feel for the content and experience from the web posts - posts at Blogs.Sun.Com, Blogs.Oracle.Com, Twitter posts and Flickr images.

Added - Also see this Flickr set of Fusion Apps screenshots.
Added - Additional keynotes now available: Thomas Kurian.
Added - Direct link to Scott's Higlights Video.
Added - Link to Ted Farrell's @ OTN (uses livestream, which broadcasts "channels", not a plain recording; I think that link will start the channel into your client from the beginning of the clip, but not 100% sure).

Monday Sep 28, 2009

Updated List of Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Develop

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I've updated the list of GlassFish-related sessions for Oracle OpenWorld and Oracle Develop at our GlassFish Conferences Wiki. Some details still shimmering, but pretty nice list so far.

Added - We now have 5 sessions at the Unconference.

Added - Also see the list of demos for the booth and the MEP demo.

Sunday Sep 27, 2009

Patch 5 for GlassFish v2.1 Now Available

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The latest sustaining (for-fee) release of the GlassFish Server is now available: GFv2.1p5 fixes 27 new bugs GFv2.1p5 is also a patch release (p11) for the earlier GFv2U2; collectively all the patch releases in that family addressed 211 bugs.

Sustaining releases are available at the Basic level of Sun GlassFish Portfolio; higher subscription levels entitle different levels of customer support and access to the GlassFish Enterprise Manager

Recall that all our bug fixes also get incorporated into the next public release, in this case GFv2.1.1; patches give our customers the benefits of timely releases and isolated bug fixes; check Sun's GlassFish Support Model for more details.

For visual impact, below is the cumulative list of all the bugs fixed in this patch release since GFv2U2:

1456 1710 1735 2310 2375 2706 2991 3152 3324 3334 3462 3465 3478 3482 3513 3517 3526 3530 3540 3552 3565 3566 3569 3571 3572 3580 3584 3585 3588 3596 3603 3604 3615 3616 3617 3620 3624 3627 3673 3682 3683 3687 3703 3707 3710 3714 3715 3719 3720 3722 3723 3732 3733 3734 3735 3737 3741 3742 3747 3748 3751 3754 3755 3759 3775 3777 3779 3780 3782 3785 3786 3787 3790 3792 3796 3801 3804 3805 3812 3817 3818 3828 3836 3858 3859 3864 3868 3870 3873 3882 3896 3910 3914 3917 3918 3922 3932 3960 3972 3977 3979 3984 3988 3990 3993 3999 4002 4005 4008 4009 4016 4017 4022 4030 4035 4039 4068 4071 4090 4094 4096 4162 4163 4166 4167 4169 4174 4218 4221 4226 4237 4241 4244 4253 4261 4266 4276 4288 4373 4381 4393 4407 4408 4431 4432 4438 4441 4442 4446 4454 4461 4464 4467 4468 4469 4499 4509 4522 4523 4526 4592 4594 4662 4689 4700 4711 4772 4778 4783 4784 4854 4860 4945 4948 4959 4960 4969 4994 4998 5003 5019 5050 5054 5059 5065 5125 5129 5131 5132 5144 5149 5158 5159 5161 5180 5181 5194 5201 5207 5224 5284 5301 5312 5321 5322 5326 5343 5357 5374 5407 5411 5423 5541 5574 5629 5682 5745 5840 6265 6343 6357 6416 6462 6472 6491 6527 6568 6577 6587 6613 6618 6624 6637 6638 6650 6653 6656 6667 6702 6704 6706 6711 6720 6731 6750 6760 6772 6773 6800 6810 6812 6823 6824 6837 6862 6887 6920 6926
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Tuesday Sep 15, 2009

Q & A on Sun Oracle Exadata

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Oracle has posted an FAQ on the Sun Oracle Exadata Storage Server that's worth a check. It's full of interesting bits; the first one that caught my attention was:

Q: Can the Sun Oracle Exadata Storage Server hardware or software be modified or customized?
A: No, customizing or modifying the Sun Exadata Server Hardware or the Oracle Exadata Server Software is not supported. In addition, customers cannot install additional software on the Exadata Storage Servers. If a customer modifies, customizes, or installs additional software on the Exadata Storage Server, then the Oracle Exadata Storage Server Software cannot be supported.

Sunday Sep 13, 2009

The First OLTP Database Machine

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Go to the front page of Sun.com and Follow the link for an invitation to this Event on Tuesday.

You're Invited to See the World's First OLTP Database Machine With FlashFire Technology

Hosted by Larry Ellison; John Fowler will also attend.

Thursday Sep 03, 2009

European Commission - In-Depth Investigation into Sun-Oracle Deal

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The boards of directors for both companies Approved the Sun-Oracle Deal, Sun's Shareholders Approved it and the US DoJ Approved it, but the European Union is still investigating.

The EU Commission is the executive branch of the EU and its cabinet has 27 Commissioners. Of these, Neelie Kroes (@Wikipedia, @CNet) is the Commissioner for Competition and her office just announced an In-Depth Investigation (also see NYTimes). As they say, story evolving...

Related news are tagged Sun+Oracle. I also post links to related industry news at TheAquarium@Twitter.

Added I've not done any systematic tracking of how the press is reacting to this announcement, but the sources I follow are negative on the motivations spelled out in the EU ruling; see below for a few links:

• NYTimes: New Snag for Oracle in Sun Deal
• InternetNews: EU May Delay Oracle-Sun Nuptials
• InformationWeek: Global CIO: Oracle Nailed By EU Protectionism As HP And IBM Raid Sun .
• CNet News: The EU's Christmas gift to Oracle
• ComputerWorld (check the comments): Why the EU should block Oracle/Sun

Friday Aug 28, 2009

Sun and Oracle @ OracleWorld - October 11-15

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Oracle's web site is running a teaser on Sun + Oracle is Faster that says: Check back on October 14 as we demonstrate Oracle's commitment to Sun hardware and Sun SPARC.

October 11-15 is Oracle OpenWorld, which is held at Moscone Center, like like JavaOne. Unlike J1, the bulk of the presentations at OW are about the Oracle Applications (Wiki, General Sessions).

OpenWorld does include a Developer Event that is happening at the Hilton Hotel, but all this is more than six weeks from now and we are Still Waiting, so we don't know if we will be able to Register as Employees, whether we should plan to give presentations, or who-knows-what...

Added - Also see this message from Larry (I've been told it will run as an Ad in a few places, including the WSJ).

Thursday Aug 27, 2009

Patch 4 for GlassFish v2.1 Now Available

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The latest sustaining (for-fee) release of the GlassFish Server is now available: GFv2.1p4 fixes 14 new bugs. GFv2.1p4 is also a patch release (p10) for the earlier GFv2U2; collectively all the patch releases in that family addressed 184 bugs.

Sustaining releases are available at the Basic level of Sun GlassFish Portfolio; higher subscription levels entitle different levels of customer support and access to the GlassFish Enterprise Manager

Recall that all our bug fixes also get incorporated into the next public release, in this case GFv2.1.1; patches give our customers the benefits of timely releases and isolated bug fixes; check Sun's GlassFish Support Model for more details.