Sun Delivers on GlassFish

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-10-15 Print this article Print

Version 3 is under development and will be an evolution of the current line.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Sun Microsystems delivered in September the second version of GlassFish, its project to build a free, open-source application server to implement the newest features in the Java Enterprise Edition 5 platform, and has more projects on the way. When the second-generation Java Enterprise Edition 5-compliant application server was delivered, customers did not have to choose between open source or the enterprise as the product is fully open source but also completely enterprise-ready, said Eduardo Pelegri-Liopart, on Oct. 15 at Suns Open Source Summit press event here.
A number of projects based on GlassFish are under way, including the Metro Web services stack, OpenMWQ and the enterprise OpenPortal, he said.
Read here about how Sun revved NetBeans and GlassFish. GlassFish Version 3 is under development and will be an evolution of the current line. It will be fully modular with a 100KB kernel and multiflexible with multiple classloaders. "This code forms the basis for Java Virtual Machine-based server-side software, from simple Web appliances to jRuby, Scala and PHP, to Web services routers and gateways, all the way to a full enterprise application server," Pelegri-Liopart said. Read here what Suns James Gosling had to say about GlassFish. The project, which has 40 individual contributors in addition to the many corporate partners, relies on close user feedback, resulting in a high-quality and agile development model, he said. "Project governance is following that of the OpenJDK model, and I already have four of the five interim governance board members lined up," Pelegri-Liopart said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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