Thursday, January 24, 2008

EJB 3.1 - Significant Changes Sound Promising

Being a big fan of the EJB 3.0 specification, I read this new EJB 3.1 New Features article published by Serverside right away. Clearly, the current EJB spec is much simpler to use and maintain than previous generations. Building upon that logic, the upcoming EJB 3.1 specification looks even better.

Real quick, I just wanted to point two of the features I found most interesting about this article. First, it sounds like interfaces will be made optional. This could be viewed as a bonus or a downfall, depending upon the way you look at it. Certainly removing the need for interfaces will simplify the writing of EJB code immensely. However, the benefits of using the loose-coupled approach may make EJB more difficult in some circumstances. If you enjoy unit testing of EJB code, this may make a big difference. However, since the specification plans to make this an optional feature then it will leave the implementation to the coder. Therefore, this seems to be a feature that can greatly benefit those who do not wish to write EJB interfaces.

Second, the article briefly mentions support for stateful web services and EJB timer service enhancements to support scheduling and/or deployment-time timer creation. I will be interested to hear more about these.

Give the article a read if you are interested in is worth the time.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Oracle JDeveloper 11g Technology Preview 3 Released

I recently downloaded the new JDeveloper 11g Tech Preview 3 for my Mac, and I am impressed. While I primarily use Netbeans for Java application development, the JDeveloper IDE is great for developing PL/SQL and Java Stored Procedures.

All of the new features in this technology preview are amazing. I understand that if you develop Java applications within the JDeveloper IDE then there have been many enhancements and improvements as well. For instance, the SOA and Web Services modules have had some significant adjustments.

My primary use of the JDeveloper IDE is for PL/SQL and Java Stored Procedure development. If you are looking to create and/or maintain any PL/SQL, then this tool can help you greatly. The new editor is nice, package body and header separation is a plus, and the automatic SQL command window is nice to have. One no longer needs to open a SQL Worksheet to invoke an SQL statement, it opens automatically when a database connection is selected. Of all the great SQL IDEs available today, I do not think any are better than JDeveloper for managing Oracle Java Stored Procedures. Straightforward and easy to manage, developing Java Stored Procedures for the Oracle database has never been easier.

I recommend downloading the technology preview and giving it a try. Even if you do not develop any SQL or PL/SQL code, you may find that it has some nice features to benefit your Java development.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Glassfish - A Noteworthy Application Server

I've been running across quite a few blogs lately speaking about Glassfish. It appears that this great application server is being used by more people and gaining some real popularity. I've been using Glassfish since version one. Actually, prior to Project Glassfish, I used the Sun Java Application Server version 8.

I have nothing bad to say about Glassfish. It is an excellent choice for a JavaEE application server. Powerful and easy to use, this application server should not be overlooked if you are in the business of Java web development.

I have not yet tried out version 3, but I plan to do so very soon. I've been working primarily with Glassfish version 2 for the past few months. I've found it very easy to deploy JBOSS Seam applications to Glassfish even though there is no direct IDE deployment option for this setup as yet.

I will post any issues or concerns with using Glassfish V3 and JBOSS Seam...