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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 environment.

The team behind Apache TomEE 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 adapter 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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