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5 Mar 2012
Happy First Birthday, GlassFish 3.1
Even as Version 3.1.2 is Imminent

GlassFish 3.1 has now attained the respectable age of one, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine reminds readers of his Aquarium b blog. The more salient aspects of this version, as Moussine-Pouchkine points out, were that the release conformed to the roadmap announced at the time of Sun's acquisition by Oracle; that it added key enhancements in centralized admin (SSH-based) and integrated much-improved high-availability cluster technology, thus making it a production-ready product; and that it introduced GlassFish Server Control, a set of tools to improve the production experience. The release of GlassFish 3.1.2 is imminent, he notes.
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5 Mar 2012
Java Spotlight Episode 72: Paul Perrone on Robotics and Automation
Dalibor Topic, Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine on Developer Panel

In Episode 72 of the Java Spotlight, host Roger Brinkley discusses robotics and automation with Paul Perrone, founder and CEO of Perrone Robotics. The regular members of the Java All Star Developer Panel, Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Amabassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, take their customary seats. Paul Perrone architected the Java-based general-purpose robotics and automation software platform known as “MAX” and has overseen MAX’s application to the rapidly developing field of self-driving robotic cars, unmanned air vehicles, factory and road-side automation applications, and a wide range of advanced robots and automaton applications.
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5 Mar 2012
GlassFish 3.1.2
The production-ready application server supporting the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6) standard

After five release candidates, fixing hundreds of bug, and implementing some neat new features Oracle reports that GlassFish 3.1.2 has now officially shipped !

This is a highly-compatible release with previous GlassFish 3.x releases and as such is recommended for any current GlassFish user and more generally to anyone looking at a production-ready, fully-supported, and developer-friendly Java EE 6 server.

  • Bug fixing, compatibility: hundreds of bugs were fixed in GlassFish itself and hundreds more by the integration of more recent versions of its components (mojarra, weld, grizzly, jersey, etc...)

  • New Features: improved admin console (startup time, CLI parity, RFEs, ...), DCOM as an alternative to remote node SSH admin on Windows platforms, non-multicast Clustering/GMS, WebSocket support and more...

You can download the bits from the usual page.
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9 Mar 2012
Java SE 6 EOL Announced; JavaFX 2.x Available
Updates Are Encouraged

The EOL date for Java SE 6 (November 2012) and the the EOLing of JavaFX 1.x are reported in Tori Wieldt's post on The Java Source. As Weildt points out, EOL doesn't mean you can't use a Java release, merely that public support has come to an end. Users are encouraged to update to the latest stable release (Java SE 7 has great features and enhancements, Weildt avers), and JavaFX 2 is capably taking its place among supported solutions from Oracle. If you need support after the EOL, you can get Java SE Support from Oracle, Weildt notes.
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9 Mar 2012
Java Spotlight Episode 73: Akka 2.0 and Play 2.0, Live at #Jfokus
Jonas Boner and Peter Hilton, Major Contributors to Akka and Play, Are Guests

Jonas Boner and Peter Hilton are the guests of Host Roger Brinkley on Episode 73 of the Java Spotlight, where Akka 2.0 and Play 2.0 are under discussion. The Java All Star Developer Panel for this episode comprises Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate.
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