There have been many highs in my career and many of those have happened since I joined JBoss and took over from Sacha. But today has to be in my top 1 or 2 ever! Today we can officially announce the release of JBossAS 7.0 Final! And it's EE6 Web Profile compliant too, so check out the project pages. It's taken us a while to get here and we've taken some pretty drastic and innovative steps along the way. Sometimes those decisions haven't been ease to make and we've thought long and hard about them. For instance, I recall Jason Greene, Scott Stark and I discussing for ages the various ramifications of continuing with the then current micro container architecture versus radical changes. The decision to change wasn't easy, but even then well over a year ago, we believed it was the right one to make. And now, with the new micro services container, it's proven itself! Some risks are worth taking.
But not every problem on our path has been technical or come from within Red Hat. Without going into details, let's just say that at times it seemed that processes and red tape were being thrown in our way. However, we got past these and the results speak for themselves: the fastest, most configurable and adaptable EE6 implementation (Web Profile) out there. And full EE6 is next on the roadmap, with JBossAS 7.1 due out soon. So if you haven't already tried it I encourage you to download it and give it a try.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the development of JBossAS 7.0. This includes a diverse group of people including the projects, our QE teams, docs, support, product management, program management, marketing and many others. It would be impossible to single out those individuals who have stood out during the last 18 months since everyone has been a rockstar. However, I do want to mention Jason Greene again: any team is influenced both negatively or positively by it's leader and Jason has lead most positively by example throughout. And of course Bruno Georges, the engineering manager, who took over the role just over a year ago and mustered his troops so well! See what I mean? It's really hard to call out one person without immediately thinking of all of the others involved! A great team effort.