WildFly 8.1 fully hatched
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.