When picking which JEE server to use for your application, you have a number of choices to select from. Knowing which application server is the best is key. Recently Jonathan Campbell took a handful of JEE application servers, coming up with surprising results as well as informative comments.
A Gartner Report elaborates how emerging Event Driven Architecture and Service Oriented Architecture programming models, as well as the continued growth in adoption of key open source technologies (in particular Spring) have all combined to put significant pressure on traditional platform middleware vendors and may lead to disrupt the industry landscape.
InfoQ's Stefan Tilkov questioned lead developers of Apache Axis2, Apache CXF, Spring Web Services, JBossWS and and Sun’s Metro about their design goals, their approach towards Java and Web services standards, data binding, accessing XML, interoperability, REST support, and framework maturity. The results revealed many similarities and some noteworthy differences.
Today Sun Microsystems released GlassFish V2. GlassFish is an open source Java EE 5 compliant application server. InfoQ sat down with Sun Community Development and Marketing Manager Ken Drachnik to discuss the features of V2.
It is now possible to deploy Ruby on Rails applications on Glassfish. Utilizing JRuby and its growing support for Rails, Glassfish can now be used as a production platform, allowing a more robust and scalable deployment platform.
Solution providers are holding off on Java EE 5 development until the major application server vendors release compatible updates. Dr. Dobb's reports that while Sun's Java System Application Server has support and BEA's WebLogic is close, IBM lags behind.
Sun has been putting a lot of resources into Glassfish, Sun's Java EE 5 open source appserver. But with an open source application server market dominated by JBoss, with ObjectWeb's JonAS and IBM supporting Apache's Geronimo project, just what is the intention and status of Glassfish? InfoQ has been been following the project and talking to the committers over the last few months to catch you up.
Sun has submitted SPECjAppServer2004 results marking the first submission on a certified Java EE 5 server but also the first all open source stack (SJS appserver based on Glassfish, Solaris 10, MySQL DB). Sun is appears to be responding to another submission from BEA, making direct comparisons of cost savings between them, claiming to be the cheapest at $72/JOPS.