More About GlassFish v3

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-12-10 Print this article Print


Sun continued, "The release of GlassFish v3 includes many contributions from Java and open-source community members. Contributions came in the form of leadership from large organizations, bug fixes from individual contributors and developer evangelical activities. For example, Oracle delivered the EclipseLink open-source Java persistence solution and Red Hat delivered the reference implementations for both JSR 303, to standardize a meta-model and API for JavaBean validation, and JSR 299, Contexts and Dependency Injection for the Java EE platform. ... The FishCAT (GlassFish Community Acceptance Tests) program was also extremely active, with participants making regular contributions and filing bug reports." It also said:

"Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 supports a variety of GUI and CLI development tools including the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Eclipse, IntelliJ, Maven, Ant and others. NetBeans 6.8 is the first IDE to offer full support for Java EE 6 ... and both the GlassFish Tools Bundle for NetBeans and for Eclipse have been updated to support the productivity enhancements and simplified programming model of the Java EE 6 platform. When combined with the NetBeans IDE or Eclipse, Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 can significantly improve rapid, iterative development. For example, GlassFish v3 retains HTTP session data across application deployments, eliminating the need to repopulate the session data when deploying new code to test.

Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 runs a broad range of Java and non-Java technology-based languages, including JRuby/Rails, Jython/DJango, Scala/Lift, PHP, server-side JavaScript and Groovy/Grails. Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 also enables developers to run Jython and JRuby-based applications natively, without requiring a Java Servlet container, offering a natural developer experience with low overhead."

Schmidt said with this release the open-source version and the commercial version of GlassFish v3 "are nearly identical-the bits are basically the same." However, users with the commercial license for GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 will get updates and patches as soon as they become available, as well as fixes to any security issues that may arise, among other things. The Sun statement continued:

"Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is part of the Sun GlassFish Portfolio, which is available immediately via a flexible subscription-based pricing model starting at $999 per server .... To purchase the Sun GlassFish Portfolio visit: [The] Sun GlassFish Portfolio includes: Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server, Sun GlassFish Web Stack Server, Sun GlassFish Web Space Server, Sun GlassFish Enterprise Service Bus, Sun Enterprise Manager, Sun GlassFish Message Queue, Sun Web Server, Sun Web Proxy Server and Sun Continuous Integration Server.

"Sun also offers a tiered set of developer support services for its software offerings, ranging from single incident to comprehensive developer plans. In addition, with a broad portfolio of training and certification offerings, developers can enhance their skill sets to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies. To learn more visit"

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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