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WildFly 8.1 fully hatched

Lucy Carey
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With a sleek and slimmed down admin console and host of bug fixes, latest update of application server ready to fly,

Project lead Jason Greene
dutifully informed the dedicated WildFly community via an email
blast on Sunday that version 8.1 of the application server is

now live
.

Java EE7 certified Wildfly 8, formerly known as
the JBoss Application Server, has been available since mid-February
in its final version (check out Bernhard Löwenstein’s detailed test
drive
here
). As the inaugural release under the
community-selected ‘WildFly’ banner following the big WildFly/JBoss
EAP split, there was plenty of attention on this
update.

The Red Hat team have made a number of minor
additions and a lot of fixes to the server with 8.1.  One
standout feature in 8.0 was the lightweight, highly performant and
scalable integrated web server Undertow, which takes the place of
the Tomcat Fork which was utilized in previous incarnations
of the software. In 8.1,
the Undertow subsystem now includes additional options in SSO and
access log configuration, and in terms of AJP (Apache JServ
Protocol), the server  now supports external authentication.
Furthermore, thanks to a slimming down of the admin console
and the extraction of a few obsolete modules, WildFly’s
distribution size has been decreased. 

Wildfly 8.1 also has a new update package to
assist you in updating the distribution while preserving existing
configuration, deployment, and modules, based on patching
infrastructure that was added in 8.0. You can find details of all
additions and bug swots in their entirety
here
.

Along with WildFly, TomEE and WebLogic have also
thrown staked their claims as heirs to the GlassFish empire. In
terms of commonalities, both WildFly and TomEE are both
open-source, light-weight and “developer
friendly
”, whilst WebLogic is proprietary and
heavy-weight.

The thing that makes WildFly standout from TomEE
(according to an admittedly biased Greene),  is the wide
variety of features it offers – though this does mean that TomEE
can offer  a very slim disk footprint.  Whilst TomEE just
provides the Web Profile, WildFly includes the full Java EE
platform. WildFly offers advanced administration and operations
capabilities, whereas TomEE focuses on providing an application
runtime.

 

Following this release, work continues apace for
the ‘Hatters on WildFly 8.2, as well as on  “enterprise older
brother” JBoss EAP 7.

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