Sun has announced the release of the Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server version 3 Prelude, a lightweight Web application server that is based on a modular OSGi architecture. Sun is also providing a preview of features that will be available in the upcoming Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE).
“GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Prelude is a great example of the innovations that a dynamic, open source community can create as well as an interesting view into the future of Web application development and production environments,” said Karen Tegan Padir, vice president of engineering, Software Infrastructure, Sun Microsystems. “This release, which is fully supported by Sun and targeted at Web-tier production environments, will be the basis for the GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 — a complete application server based on the OSGi standard and the upcoming Java EE 6 platform.”
The new release claims to deliver productivity features as:
Java EE 6 Preview Features – Offers access to the latest functionality in the upcoming Java EE 6 platform, such as: EJB 3.1 Lite and Java Server Faces 2.0. In addition, JAX-RS 1.0 is fully supported for building RESTful Web Services. Users can receive add-ons when new features become available.
Production Support for Lightweight Web Tier – Provides a lightweight Web-tier deployment platform with full production support. In addition, users can match GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Prelude in the Web tier with GlassFish Enterprise Server v2 in the application tier for an enterprise-wide architecture.
Dynamic Language Support with Reliable Performance – Allows users to run development languages like Java, Groovy on Grails and JRuby on Rails at the same time without sacrificing performance. Also, JRuby applications can run without the Java technology-based servlet container, improving productivity by eliminating the need to bundle and deploy JRuby applications as Web archive.
Easy-to-use Administration Console – Offers a simple user interface with point-and-click configuration, application deployment and installation of additional components from the update center. Also, a feature-parity command line interface (CLI) is also available for automated tasks.
Rapid Deployment Technology – Simplifies the Web development cycle of Java-based applications to edit code, save and immediately refresh browser with no loss of application state. Developers can expect to be more productive when GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Prelude is combined with the upcoming release of NetBeans(TM) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 6.5.
To download and sign up for an annual subscription of the GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 Prelude, visit: http://www.sun.com/glassfishv3.