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The big news this week is...

 

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WildFly 11 Final was released this week. As you would expect for a major WildFly release, it comes with many significant improvements. Including:

 

  • Elytron - New Security Infrastructure. The biggest change in WildFly 11 is unification on a new common security framework across the full application server.
  • Simplified EJB / Naming Proxies. JNDI and EJB invocation have both been simplified and enhanced in WildFly 11.
  • Request oriented EJB/JNDI over HTTP.
  • WildFly OpenSSL & HTTP/2. WildFly 11 now provides a JSSE provider that can offload TLS handling from the JVM’s internal implementation to an OpenSSL library on your system, typically improving TLS performance.
  • New Load-Balancer Configs. In order to simplify the setup of WildFly as an HTTP load-balancer, there is an additional standalone-load-balancer.xml configuration in the distribution, which is an instance slimmed to just running the load balancing services.
  • Graceful Shutdown/Startup Improvements. Distributed transactions are now handled by the graceful shutdown mechanism.
  • Web Console Improvements. A number of Web Console improvements are included in WildFly 11, including the ability to see recent configuration changes, to manage active JMS transactions, manage active batch jobs, manage Undertow filters, and test data-sources during creation.
  • Management and Configuration Improvements. WildFly 11 now supports remote managed exploded deployments, which allows remote management clients the ability to update content within the deployment, such as html and jsp files without requiring a full redeployment.

 

Read more here.

 

Microservices & Microprofile

 

It's been a busy week for Microservices content. Christian Posta continues his series on Low-risk Monolith to Microservice Evolution, which looks to be a great writeup for those planning a migration to a Microservices architecture. Ken Finnigan provides a step-by-step guide to setting up data streaming with WildFly Swarm and Apache Kafka. Cesar Saavedra continues his guide on setting up a MicroProfile-based microservice on OpenShift Container Platform. Finally, Heiko Rupp explains how to monitor an Eclipse MicroProfile 1.2 server with Prometheus.

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Other News

Releases

Welcome to another edition of the JBoss Weekly Editorial, our regular visit to the JBoss Communities in search of all that is new and interesting

 

Monitoring Microservices

 

The Eclipse MicroProfile 1.2 release introduces a number of aspects which enable monitoring of microservices, two of which are health checks and metrics.  These features are simple to enable within a microservice written to the specification, more details on how this can be achieved can be found in Heiko's article on the subject.

 

Integrating a MicroService with JBoss Data Grid

 

In the third part of his tutorial series covering the development of a microservice running on OpenShift Cesar describes how to deploy and configure an instance of JBoss Data Grid before covering the necessary changes to invoke the service from his existing microservice.

 

Evolving a Monolithic Application into Microservices

 

Having set the context in the first article of his series describing how to transition a monolithic application over to a microservices architecture Christian shows how to decompose his example monolothic application into individual services while retaining the same functionality.

 

WildFly and Elytron

 

Jan Kalina has written two articles discussing aspects of the new Elytron security subsystem being introduced in the upcoming WildFly 11 release.  In his first article Jan shows how we can configure the Elytron subsystem to secure the server side portion of an SSL exchange and in his second article he shows how we can extend the configuration to enforce verification of the client certificates.

 

OpenID Connect Identity Brokering using Red Hat Single Sign-On

 

Red Hat Single Sign-On (RH-SSO) supports identity federation based on a number of specifications including OpenID Connect, if you are interested in this capability then take a look at Tom's tutorial where he explains the concepts behind identity federation and shows how this can be enabled through RH-SSO.

 

10 Steps to Cloud Happiness

 

In the next article of his Cloud Happiness series, Eric Schabell introduces us to his third step towards happiness and shows how we can enhance our existing cloud and include a unified management and operations environment through the installation of Red Hat CloudForms.

 

Container Images for OpenShift

 

At this year's EMEA Red Hat Tech Exchange 2017 Frédéric Giloux gave a presentation discussing good practices for creating images running within OpenShift, in the last two sections covering his session Frédéric discusses how to make your images easier to consume and the aspects of cloud ready applications and their consequences for container image design.

 

Installing Red Hat Mobile on OpenShift

 

If you are interested in trying out the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform (RHMAP) then Brian's article will be of interest to you.  Starting from scratch Brian will take you through all the steps necessary to deploy a demonstration environment on an AWS OpenShift environment, leaving you with a sandboxed environment to explore the platform.

 

Infinispan Cache Store Batch Operations

 

Infinispan 9.1.x introduces the ability to batch write and delete operations on a cache store, significantly improving the performance of write-behind cache stores.  There are some minor configuration changes associated with this new feature along with two additional methods you should implement on your cache store.

 

Data Authorisation in Case Management

 

In his next article discussing jBPM's Case Management feature Maciej Swiderski covers some recent additions adding support for case file authorisation, case comment authorisation, closing cases with comments and indexing case file items for searching.

 

Meeting Rafael Ponte

 

In the next article of his community interview series Vlad introduces us to Rafael Ponte, a software developer, conference speaker, blogger and member of the Hibernate community who is passionate about Java Persistence.

 

JBoss: Developer's Guide

 

Elvadas has recently had his book entitled "JBoss: Developer's Guide" published by Packt.  The book introduces you to the JBoss ecosystem through hands-on coding and lab exercises based on real-life business examples and currently has a 40% discount on the eBook if you use the discount code is JBDG40 before October 31, 2017.

 

JBoss Out and About

 

The Vert.x team have busy over the last month with Julien giving a presentation at the JUG Summer Camp in La Rochelle, France entitled "Eclipse Vert.x for DJ fun and for profit!" and Thomas giving a presentation at JavaOne 2017 entitled "Unleash Your Talents: Server-Side Kotlin for Mobile Developers".

 

Galder from the Infinispan team recently gave a presentation at Basel One 2017 entitled "Streaming Data Analysis with Kubernetes".

 

New Releases

 

 

That's all for this week's JBoss Weekly Editorial, please join us again next week when we will take another spin through the Jboss Communities in search of interesting articles.

Running software in the clouds have been an essential topic of our industry for almost a decade now. While it used to be reserved to the cutting-edge, experimental and adventurous projects, it has been, in the last years, adopted largely by the industry. In this context, it is quite exciting to see all the news of last weeks surrounding the topic within the JBoss Community...

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10 Steps to Cloud Happiness

 

If you have lived under a rock for the past decade, you may have no idea about cloud infrastructure - or maybe you never ended up using one. This editorial focuses a lot on cloud, so maybe you can take a look, at first, at the 10 steps tutorial started by Eric D.Schabell last week ?

 

 

Best way into the Clouds - OpenShift

Well, this might only be my opinion - so feel free to disagree - but I do think OpenShift is one of the best ways to get into a cloud infrastructure. And there was quite a lot of nifty informations about it released last week. First of all this pretty interesting article on JBoss A-MQ on OpenShift Cheat Sheet, will certainly help you manage your favorite MoM on a OpenShift container.

To go further down the road, you may even want to explore how to properly maintain your own images in OpenShift, than this first installment of a series of articles on Container Images for OpenShift (Part 1: Objectives) will certainly reveals itself to be an excellent starting point.

 

Last, but certainly not the least, an announcement from Red Hat and Alibaba, just yesterday, shows how much traction Cloud is having in our industry : Red Hat and Alibaba Cloud Join Forces to Bring Increased Flexibility with Open Source.

Eclipse - Java Tooling for the Sky

 

As much as cloud infrastructure is bringing easiness of deployment and scalable performance to your (Java) application, one still needs to write and design a resilient and robust application, not to mention the increasing need for the app to be as secure as possible against the many hacking threats out there.

Fortunately, the Eclipse project keeps enhancing the IDE, enabling us, developers, to write better apps. If you doubt, just take an eye at this article on Java code coverage in Eclipse! I'm pretty sure you never thought of using code coverage this way.... It is also nice to see the integration of Fuse technologies within Eclipse is making progress as shown by the following article: Fuse development environment with Development Suite installer.

If you are excited by the new evolution or the future of the IDE, you should definitely join other members of the JBoss community, along with some Red Hat Developers at EclipseCon Europe on the 24th and 25th of October in Ludwigsburg, near Stuttgart, in Germany.

 

Hibernation season has started

 

Despite the actual meaning of its name, the Hibernate community has also been very active and keeping up with what is happening within the projects. It would require a separate article to cover it all! Fortunately, last week saw the release of the Hibernate Community Newsletter 19/2017 , so you just this need to check this out to get updated, and to make your user experience even smoother, the Hibernate websites get a facelift!

 

Techbytes

 

Of course, not everything things is about cloud. As always, the JBoss community having been working on numerous projects and keep offering improvements of all sort to their users. For instance, Apache Camel fans will be very happy to read (more) about Apache Camel route coverage tooling on the way. Or maybe you would like to learn how to set up Hawkular Alerts in ManageIQ? Or rather how to Run an Embedded WildFly Host Controller in the CLI?

 

See, plenty of advanced materials there, but maybe you crave learning new things, rather than delve into complex topics. So, what about Getting started with workbench and KIE server on 7.3 (and onwards)?

 

Also, any Java developer will be interested in knowing what is coming with the JDK 9 release, so let's take a look at this Overview of the New JDK 9 Release.

 

Hopefully, you have found something in this week's editorial to pique your interest and give you something to explore while waiting for next week's installment. Join us here next week for more news from the JBoss Community.

Welcome back to another weekly editorial! Those of you catching up from JavaOne, we hope you found time to visit the booth and try out OpenShift.io! There are a number of posts to cover this week, so, let’s get started.

Releases

 

We’ll start out with releases this time. There’s only three of them this week, but that doesn’t mean we’ve slacked off.

Announcements

 

By far the biggest announcement in the Java EE space happened earlier in the week with the announcement of EE4J! Our very own Mark Little blogged about it. If this is the first you’re seeing of it, be sure to read Mark’s blog and check out the charter. Everyone is welcome to participate. Please sign up for the mailing list and help us all move Enterprise Java forward!

If you’re running on RHEL, you may be excited for the next couple of blogs from Mike Guerette. Earlier in the week, Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat Developer Toolset 7.0 Beta. This beta brings updates to GCC (7.2) and adds Clang/LLVM 4.0.1, Go 1.8.3, and Rust 1.2.0 to the list of supported compilers! In addition to those, Mike also announced Red Hat Software Collections 3.0 Beta which includes other updates and also new additions.

Blog Highlights

 

To round out the week, there are a number of blog posts we’d like to highlight.

Wildfly

Wildfly 11 will bring with it a number of changes. Among those changes is integration with Apache ActiveMQ Artemis. Be sure to read the blog for changes and new features available. There’s also support for OpenSSL. The post details setup, security realms, and Elytron all with OpenSSL support! Lastly, Wildfly 11 improves the existing referential integrity found in Wildfly 10.

Spring Boot on Kubernetes

Kamesh Sampath has done a series of posts over on the Red Hat Developer blog detailing configuring Spring Boot on Kubernetes. The introduction of the series covers the initial idea of using Kubernetes for configuration of a Spring Boot application. Part I covers using ConfigMaps for configuration. Part II details the use of Secrets for sensitive information. These are great alternatives to the Spring Config server.

OpenSlava

Lastly, Eric Schabell was at OpenSlava this past week. All of his talks and slides are available on his blog and SlideShare!

 

Thank you, everyone! We hope you’ve had a great week!

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