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WildFly 8.0 joins roster of certified Java EE7 apps

Lucy Carey
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Although still RC1 status, high-profile alternative to “toy product” GlassFish receives a further boost by making Oracle’s cut for certified platform compatible offerings.

 

The official launch of application server WildFly 8.0
is creeping ever closer, but in the meantime, RC1
is already making considerable waves. Just last week, it was deemed
worthy of being added to Oracle’s list full fully platform
compatible implementations of Java EE 7 – further consolidating its
position as worthy spiritual successor to GlassFish.

With new cachet, the server now has added appeal for
companies looking to migrate to Java EE7, or those that have made
the jump, but are looking for a viable, buoyant GlassFish
alternative.

The thriving, active community around popular server
GlassFish was dealt a body blow last November when it was announced
in a roadmap update that, going forward, there would be no more
commercial major releases. Although Bruno Borges was at pains to
reassure users that the offering was
far from finished
, with evangelist Arun Gupta’s abrupt
departure to RedHat, for many, the writing was on the wall.

Even now, Oracle is still mopping up from this
fallout, with Oracle staffer David Delabassee taking to
the GlassFish blog
this January with a post emphasising that
commercial support for GlassFish 3.x is set to continue “for years
to come.”

This support isn’t the same as full backing though –
something GlassFish blog guest authors  Hildeberto Mendonça
and Efraim Gentil from CEJUG pointed out in a post last week,
where, in a pointed jab at Oracle, they wrote, “serious” open
source projects need the backing of at least one company with a
“genuine interest to be profitable with that project in the long
run.”

The writers added that, “It’s a matter of fitting the
project in the current economic model, where people can be employed
full time to address the continuous flow of issues and features
coming from users all over the world. That’s what happens all the
time at RedHat and that’s what stopped happening at Oracle in the
case of GlassFish.”

Of course, the road ahead is still open for ‘the one true’
successor to GlassFish. Also in contention for this role is the
Apache server TomEE. There are also the options of
LodgON
 and C2B2, which
have both arisen to offer a lifeline to jilted GlassFish users.
Finally, there’s also the prospect that the GlassFish community
could muster it’s resources and turn the project into a powerful
open-source prospect – though this would need some serious clout to
help drive it.

 

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