eventsite_banner_1180px.pngWhile we have, unfortunately, missed our edition last week, we did our best to capture all the most important developments in the time that has passed since our last update. The most important event took place this week, and we're talking about Devoxx 2013, in Antwerp, Belgium.


A well-established fixture on the Java conference circuit, Devoxx has attracted a lot of interest this year too, but, most importantly, had a solid JBoss presence, with numerous  speakers and well-attended sessions. Eric Schabell has already published his impressions. At the time of this editorial, the conference has just ended, so expect more impressions to follow, perhaps early next week. We will keep up informing you.


In Brief

  • Mark Proctor introduces a new algorithm employed by Drools 6, which aims to improve the framework's rule processing capabilities. So, PHREAK but don freak out. Things are going to get better.
  • For those projects where you need a stricter governance of your systems and resources, there is Overlord. Kurt Stam has published a brief introduction to get you up to speed.
  • Heiko Rupp has published his impressions from One Day Talk, which took place in October in Munich.
  • Eduardo Martins has published an introduction to JSR-236 support in Wildfly 8. JSR-236 is a long-time expected specification, which brings Java EE at par with Java SE in what concerns concurrency and scheduling capabilities. While such capabilities have been implemented independently by various vendors and frameworks, having them at the core of the specification closes an important gap. Moreover, I'm quite excited to see them supported by Wildfly!
  • Eric Schabell has published a series of article, in the first showcasing the enterprise integration capabilities of BRMS, and the next shows another enhancement to the Cool Store Demo, this time with a fully automated setup
  • Ken Finnigan is introducing the Arquillian Warp capabilities for JSF Portlet testing, new in Arquillian Portal Extension 1.1.0.Alpha1
  • Mark Little has shared his thoughts about Oracle's decision of discontinuing Glassfish's commercial versions
  • DevZone has published an interview with Claus Ibsen, from the Apache Camel and Active MQ teams
  • Christian Sadilek has written a blog, providing a detailed overview of the latest developments in Errai
  • If you are following the JBoss Asylum podcasts, last week's edition featuring Dan Allen and Asciidoctor is definitely one to listen to
  • The ModeShape team has an ongoing discussion about relicensing the project under Apache 2.0
  • Geoffrey DeSmet has published an OptaPlanner demo video
  • Games must be played by the rules, and building a game on top of a rule engine is a fun way to learn. So, read Mark Proctor's blog about his Space Invaders implementation on top of Drools.
  • Shane Bryzak has started a series of articles providing an in-depth look at PicketLink;
  • One of the biggest challenges when developing for a cloud platform is ensuring that it can be ported to another environment. CapeDwarf reduces the effort of running applications written for the Google App Engine on the JBoss family of application servers (including Wildfly) by providing compatibility with GAE APIs inside the application server. But there's still the matter of authenticating and authorizing your original users, which is taken care of by PicketLink Social OpenID support as shown by Marko Lukša's blog entry.
  • If you want to learn how to quickly implement a static file server,  Lincoln Baxter's article can help you, showing you how to do it using Rewrite and a servlet container (for example Wildfly).

New Releases

Upcoming sightings

  • A significant JBoss (and all around Red Hat) contingent will be present at Open Source Conference Amsterdam 2013 (December 6) - read Eric Schabell's blog for more details