Quickstart for JBoss

JBoss Developer Framework 1.0 released

Chris Mayer

The latest framework release is all about education, easing developers into the world of JBoss and Java EE 6 technologies

Ever been allured by the charms of JBoss, but feared the transition would be too hard to make? Well, a new landmark release aims to make learning the wonders of JBoss much easier.

JBoss Developer Framework 1.0 is all about education, existing to give developers a helping hand with nearly all of JBoss and Java EE 6 technologies on the enterprise support JBoss Enterprise Application Platform and the community focused JBoss AS, crucially making sure they get every last bit out of every single technology.

Red Hat’s Pete Muir details three ways in which developers can get the best out of JDF 1.0. The first is via good old fashioned quickstarts, 53 in all, and each one looking at a particular JBoss API. From learning how to write a web application using the latest Java EE technologies like CDI and JAX-RS to writing client libraries to talk to JBoss AS, the amount of initial quickstarts is very encouraging. Another plus is the denotation of a difficulty guide, showing newcomers where they should go to first, before attempting more advanced things.

Quickstarts are good, but sometimes you just want to get going and go further than a simple application. Fear not, the TicketMonster web application answers the call. TicketMonster shows off three of the best front-ends for JBoss view layer approaches – HTML5 + REST, Errai/GWT and RichFaces/JSF. Plans have been laid out to expand TicketMonster to incorporate more down the line, but as a first shot, it’s a very impressive complex application with scope to be brilliant.

Finally, JDF provides a set of migration guides for those still using older technologies, like Spring and Seam 2, or even Java EE 5, gently welcoming them to the world of Java EE 6. Java Developer Framework comes with a set of JBoss BOMs, working up from the simple Java EE 6 move to the more advanced extensions of Hibernate and Arquillian.

We’re really keen to see where JBoss Developer Framework goes from here. It’s a substantial first move, providing a more than adequate intro to the world of JBoss for those new to it and with a tentative roadmap laid to include further use cases and newer technologies like Deltaspike, Infinispan and Agorava, JDF could become a perfect one-stop shop for learning JBoss.

To get involved with the new project, check out the forums and join the 54 contributors – it’s thriving already.

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