Oracle's Java EE server gets an update

Glassfish 3.1.2 is released

Chris Mayer

Oracle’s open source server gets a new shine to it with 500 bugs eliminated and a few new features to boot

The latest version of Oracle’s open source Java EE 6 application
and web server has arrived, a little over a year since GlassFish
3.1 series began.

Fully compatible with previous incarnations, GlassFish
is a marked improvement on the last release from seven
months ago, incorporating a number of new features which are bound
to make things easier for developers. A grand total of
514 bugs have been tackled head-on
, mainly to keep that
backwards compatibility.

The extensive list of external technologies that have been
lifted in quality include SF/Mojarra 2.1.6, Grizzly
1.9.46, Metro 2.2, Jersey 1.11, Shoal, EclipseLink 2.3.2, OpenMQ
4.5.2, OSGi Core 4.3.0, Update Center, Hibernate Validator, JavaDB, Weld 1.1.4. That accounts for around 300 fixes according
to Arun Gupta.

Vital maintenance work has been undertaken. The Admin
Console has a startup time akin to Usain Bolt, plus there’s an
option to load up in the background after server startup. You can
also expect f
eature parity with the command line tool, the
ability to setup SSH and Node installation and also configure JMS
clusters. Improved clustering is a bonus too, as well as the
addition of WebSocket support.

GlassFish is one of the most popular Java EE 6 servers and
is distributed under a dual licensing model. The Open Source
edition is available free
 is supported by Oracle with
Oracle Fusion Middleware. For all the pointers you need to get
going with GlassFish, check out the release

With the open source server market so fierce, GlassFish
needed to keep toe-to-toe with the rest. Thankfully the latest
additions to the GlassFish server are enough to satisify us that
they are in the race.

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