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Oracle delivers first new release of the WebLogic App Server since BEA acquisition

by Dio Synodinos on Aug 20, 2008 |

Oracle has announced the release of WebLogic Server 10g R3 which is the first release of BEA’s Application Server since its acquisition by Oracle earlier this year. This version adds support for Java SE 6, Spring, Comet, improved Operations Control, FastSwap Deployment and more.

Oracle WebLogic Server 10g fully implements the latest Java EE standards and offers choice in development frameworks and integral tooling. Also it provides comprehensive management capabilities that enable administration via a graphical console and/or automation. Clustering technology is also available with cross domain management and diagnostic tooling.

This latest version offers several new features and capabilities:

  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3 brings a new level of improved developer and end-user experience, offering a lighter-weight footprint, optional service startup, and faster startup, while the new FastSwap feature provides seamless and rapid develop-debug-test cycles
  • Oracle WebLogic Server 10g R3's support for Spring developers is further expanded so developers can enjoy the Spring experience with the broad capabilities, stability, and manageability of Oracle WebLogic.
  • The new HTTP publish-subscribe feature enables improved out-of-the-box capability for support of dynamically updated Web 2.0 style rich user interfaces.
  • Support for Java SE 6 and JRockit Mission Control allows developers and end-users to get more performance and insight into application behavior and responsiveness.

Integration with Eclipse is also included with the Oracle Workshop for WebLogic 10g R3 plugin:

The following functional areas define the core components of this Eclipse and Web tools platform based development environment:

  • Enhanced server plug-ins for multiple versions of Oracle WebLogic Server*
  • Visual Oracle WebLogic Server Web Service and XML IDE
  • WYSIWYG Web and presentation tier tools for portable Java Web applications
  • Object – Relational Mapping Workbench and database tools
  • Apache Beehive IDE
  • AppXRay support for the above components
  • Spring IDE Project and Spring code generation wizards
  • Core IDE features for Java SE and Java EE
  • Built in Web application and Web service test client
  • Upgrade tools for Workshop 8.1, 9.2 and 10 users

For supporting next generation Web 2.0 applications, Oracle has added support for Comet with a new HTTP Publish-Subscribe server based on the Bayeux protocol.

An HTTP Publish-Subscribe Server (also called pub-sub server) is a channels-based publish/subscribe mechanism for Web clients to send and receive asynchronous messages over HTTP. One of the principal uses of the pub-sub server is to build event-driven or push-based Web 2.0 internet applications that are collaborative and capable of supporting multiple listening and publishing channels with thousands of users.

An extensive list of the new features is available at BEA’s site.

You can find all the latest information about Applications Servers at: http://www.infoq.com/ApplicationServers

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Not interested by Shane Witbeck

At the new, unreachable license costs that Oracle has introduced, the nice feature list becomes moot for a lot of customers. I've seen a lot of clients (including large corps) move away from the uber app servers to more manageable (and cheaper) solutions.

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