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WebSphere 6.1 Released; Updated for Java 5, SOA

by Floyd Marinescu on May 29, 2006 |
IBM WebSphere Application Server 6.1 is now available for download for customers with IBM contracts (as reported by WebSphere world), the free trial version for the rest of the community will be coming soon. This release comes over a year and a half since version 6.0 came out. The release includes important features for developers and also brings WebSphere more up to date as an SOA / web services integration platform.

A lot is new in Websphere 6.1, the most notable for the Java and SOA community being the following:
 - Java 5 is finally supported, see IBM migration guide
 - JSF 1.1, and a new Java Server Faces Widget Library (JWL), a JSF-based Web widget library that integrates widgets from a number of sources
 - 64 bit support
 - The Portlet programming model (JSR 168)
 - Installation as a non-root users on Linux & Unix
 - WebSphere 6.1 can be managed via JMX client progams through support of JSR 160
 - The JMS implementation added in WebSphere 6 can use the file system for persistence instead of a DB
 - Support for SIP Servlets
 - An enhanced EJB Service Data Object (SDO) Mediator, eliminating the need to define copy helper type objects.
 - An administrative console that allows hot-updating of EARs, wars, ejb-jars, or connector .rars
 - Debugging enhancements from the IBM Java 5 SDK
 - WS-I Basic Security Profile 1.0 support
 - WS-Notification support allowing ‘publish and subscribe’ messaging pattern
 - WS-Addressing
 - WS-Atomic Transactions and WS-BusinessActivity (allowing Web services to take part in global transactions with ACID properties that can span between JTA and J2EE and WS-AT/Web services domains).
 
See also the Websphere 6.1 Infocenter.

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Rational Application Developer 6.1 by Sean Sullivan

Did IBM release a new version of their IDE?

Is Rational Application Developer 6.1 available?

Re: Rational Application Developer 6.1 by Sean Sullivan

I found the answer on IBM's web site:


IBM United States Software Announcement 206-076
April 11, 2006


Statement of direction

IBM is targeting to make the following components and configurations of IBM WebSphere Application Server V6.1 and related tools available within the next twelve months:

* IBM Rational Application Developer ?

Rational Application Developer and Rational Software Architect are IBM tools that can help you design and develop applications for WebSphere Application Server. As standard, all WebSphere Application Server configurations ship with the Application Server Toolkit, which is primarily used for assembling and deploying applications to WebSphere Application Server. The Application Server Toolkit contains a sub-set of Rational Application Developer/Rational Software Architect functionality since it is based on Eclipse and the Eclipse Web Tools Project.

In 2006, both WebSphere and Rational plan to release major updates that are designed to be compatible with one another. WebSphere Application Server V6.1 is announced here. Rational is currently planning to ship Rational Application Developer and Rational Software Architect V7.0 in the second half of 2006. The gap between these product releases is intentional and is necessary to meet customer requirements for the WebSphere-specific functionality in Rational Application Developer and Rational Software Architect. During the timeframe between the availability of WebSphere Application Server V6.1 and Rational Application Developer V7.0 / Rational Software Architect V7.0, WebSphere customers who need to build and deploy applications to WebSphere Application Server V6.1 should use the Application Server Toolkit. Once V7.0 of the Rational products become available, those projects could be imported from the Application Server Toolkit to Rational Application Developer V7.0 / Rational Software Architect V7.0 to take advantage of the added capabilities.

Re: Rational Application Developer 6.1 by Andy East

What has happened to Rational Web Developer tool that came free with WAS Express 6.0? What do we migrate too if we are using Web Developer? I don't think the Websphere Application Server Toolkit supports JSF web development

Re: Rational Application Developer 6.1 by Narumol Nawalerspanya

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