Apache OpenJPA has been gaining momentum in the JEE world, having been adopted by BEA as the EJB3 JPA implementation in WebLogic Server 10 and in the most recent EJB3 Feature Pack for IBM WebSphere Application Server. OpenJPA started its life in BEA's Kodo product, whose code was donated to the ASF in 2006; the project just recently graduated from the Apache Incubator as well.
BEA recently announced WebLogic Event Server, a Java application server designed for event-driven applications and WebLogic Real Time 2.0 a new release of BEA's real-time technology.
BEA has released a new tech preview of WebLogic Server 10 that passes the Java EE 5 CTS. WebLogic Server 10 uses the Kodo JPA (based on Apache OpenJPA)and also Spring's Pitchfork project to provide EJB and Java EE 5. WebLogic Server 10 adds side-by-side deployment of multi-version apps, JMS automatic failover, support for document-centric ws-standards, filtering class loaders, and more.
BEA, Sonic, IBM and TIBCO have proposed a standardized SOAP-to-JMS binding, ending a long period of proprietary and incompatible approaches.
InfoQ recently sat down with Jim Sherburne, Director or Product Marketing for BEA's virtualization offerings to discuss BEA's virtualization strategy that was announced last month and LiquidVM, a version of the JVM that includes basic operating system capabilities and will run on a hypervisor.
A new article on BEA's Dev2Dev site provides a way to sort through the numerous Ajax frameworks that are available today. The goal of the technique is to make it easier to understand the distinctions between the various frameworks by placing them on a set of axes including declarative versus procedural and client-centric versus server-centric.
BEA commissioned a survey on SOA cost/benefits in large comanies in North America and Europe who are doing SOA. 46% of companies intend to deploy 1-50 services within a year, 24% 51-100, and 15% 101-200 services. 75% of companies expected 11-40% reuse. ESB's were listed as the most expensive investment.
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.
BEA has announced the completion and delivery of WebLogic Platform 9.2 (Server, Portal, and Integration) that are designed to provide a unified foundation for BEA's SOA 360 platform. Kodo 4.1, Workshop, and Workshop Studio also had new releases. InfoQ summarized the new features in WL Server and Portal.
BEA has self-published a set of guides that are designed to help develop a reference architecture for SOA and a guide to services lifecycle. These guides also contain input from BEA customers on successful SOA adoption.
BEA has released WebLogic Real Time (WLRT) Core Edition 1.1 today, their product intended to bring Java into what has traditionally the realm of C/C++ apps. Real Time claims to have 20 millisecond average latencies and 30-millisecond maximum latency on its own benchmark application. BEA is recommending Spring as the programming model for Real Time.
Breaking News. BEA acquires Flashline, a Web Services and SOA governance asset repository company. The metadata repository is often cited as a critical component of SOA, providing a shared location to manage metadata, govern the asset lifecycle, and measure results.
BEA has finished the last set of OpenJPA code drops to the Apache Incubator. OpenJPA will be an enterprise grade JPA implementation suitable for production use. It will also form the basis for BEA's commercial Kodo 4.1 and WebLogic's JPA support.
BEA has released its AquaLogic Service Bus v2.5. The update features a host of smaller feature updates including improved standards support for UDDI and SAML 1.1
BEA last week released the WebLogic 9.2 platform family of products including WebLogic Server, WebLogic Portal (which now runs on WL 9.2), and Workshop for WebLogic (now built on Eclipse for the first time).