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Apache reveals new beta versions for TomEE and OpenEJB

Chris Mayer

Server project gets TomEE 1.0 and OpenEJB 4.0.0 both reach second beta stage

There are some exciting prospects coming out of the Apache
ecosystem at the moment. Their popular Web enterprise server TomEE
and its bedfellow Java Beans container, OpenEJB 4.0.0 have both
reached Beta 2 versions, bringing a new array of features for the

The team behind Apache
say this beta version is a ‘huge leap forward’
with 50% targeted to bug fixes, 30% improvement of
existing features, and 20% filling out features for better
production and test experience. Areas of the stack which have been
renovated the most are CDI and JAX-RS, whilst the introduction of
an Arquillian adapte
r is a feature you can’t miss.

The project itself has been taking a test-first
approach to support and has amassed a rapidly growing number of
tests for all the issues reported during the 1.0.0-beta-1 cycle. An
Arquillian adapter for remote Apache TomEE usage does exist as a
snapshot and should make it into the next release. As well this
release boasts over 70 example applications, making a remarkable
resource that cannot be ignored.

Apache TomEE, pronounced “Tommy”, is an all-Apache Java EE 6 Web
Profile certified stack assembled from a vanilla Apache Tomcat zip
file. Depending on feedback from this version, a full release could
well be imminent. The downloads for both
TomEE and OpenEJB are available to test now, with more features
detailed in the changelog.

TomEE’s creator David Blevins gave an excellent talk at
JAXLondon last year, revealing some of the key aspects of his
project and how it differed from the Tomcat server.

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