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.
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