Glassfish v2 swims free

News today from the Glassfish community is that their new version is released today, including the new version of Java DB (that's Sun's supported version of Apache Derby). There's a bunch of news from the team so go take a look. Meanwhile, it's interesting to see the maturity and scope of this open source project. The Free software at its heart is having a real impact, both by being widely used (even by competing projects) and by becoming a significant player in the Java EE market. Congratulations to the whole community!

Comments:

The free software isn't be-all, end-all. To most of us non-OSS fanatics out there, the important fact is whether the software is gratis or not.

Source code digging is for those with lotsa spare time; most of us out there don't have that kind of luxury.

Finally: how many Glassfish servers do you think there are out there, running in production and serving in mission critical scenarios? Let's venture a guess: not very many. So much on that topic.

Posted by UX-admin on September 17, 2007 at 07:02 AM PDT #

UX-admin:

Well, we have real stories to tell, check out: <P>
http://blogs.sun.com/stories/ and we can also have a dialog about what your actual needs are ...

- Kedar

Posted by Kedar Mhaswade on September 17, 2007 at 10:00 AM PDT #

I think this is great news personally, and just goes to show how Sun understands community far better than some people accuse them of.

Go Sun, go fish (glassfish?)! (couldn't resist...)

Posted by Shawn Walker on September 17, 2007 at 01:53 PM PDT #

Kedar: you have two most despised terms stuffed on that page, SOA and J2EE.

Good programmers don't need either to develop quality software rapidly. And UNIX people like me will forever have a hard time accepting that kind of unnecessary complexity.

It all boils down to this: either one can program, or one can't. And if one can't, no amounts of SOA, fancy languages and OOP will help.

Posted by UX-admin on September 17, 2007 at 05:35 PM PDT #

UX-admin:

I hear your concerns. But if all were like you,
things would have been different. Isn't freedom
required to be there in software development? If
you don't need SOA and Java EE, don't use them. But others might well need them in production and
might help them develop great software, quickly.

I think you are asking GlassFish to be more modular, pluggable etc. so that you can use what
you want, the way you want. Give us some time.
Let' see what happens with GlassFish V3.

- Kedar

Posted by Kedar Mhaswade on September 18, 2007 at 10:06 AM PDT #

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