Welcome to another edition of the JBoss Weekly Editorial, our regular spin through the JBoss Communities in search of interesting news we can bring straight to you.


Renaming Java EE


We begin this week's editorial with news from the Eclipse foundation where there is a poll running to determine the new Java EE brand name.  With many names being suggested by the community the next challenge for the EE4J PMC was to reduce the list to those suggestions which were still options once all legal, patent and IP checks had been made, this dramatically pruned the list down to two.  The choice for the new Java EE brand names are now "Jakarta EE" and "Enterprise Portal" and this is a decision you can take part in.  The poll is remaining open until February 23rd so you have a week left to cast your vote!


Please don't stop after having submitted your vote, if you have an interest in what is happening within Java EE then you should also consider joining the EE.next Working Group.


New jBPM Service Repository, interacting with email and developing within IntelliJ


With the release of jBPM 7.6.0 the team has introduced a major update to their service repository.  The update includes many new integration services introducing support for Dropbox, Google services, IFTTT, Twitter, GitHub and others as well as dedicated documentation pages for each workitem describing parameters, dependencies etc. and more.


Interacting with email is a common requirement for many process developers, perhaps a user interacting with a process flow via email, starting process instances from an email or uploading documents as part of a process.  To demonstrate how these capabilities could be integrated within jBPM, Maciej has created an example process, handlers and recorded a video showing what is possible.  If you are interested in these features then please provide feedback to the team as they look to integrate the capabilities within jBPM.


If you are a developer working on the workbench then you may be interested in running it within IntelliJ using the GWT plugin, this will help to speed up your development workflow by taking advantage of the live reloading capabilities within the IDE.


Hibernate, SAP HANA and Repeating JPA Annotations


The release of Hibernate ORM 5.2.12 introduced improved support for SAP HANA, enabling all features of the Hibernate ORM Framework and backed by the SAP HANA team. For more information on the integration and its capabilities check out Jonathan Bregler's introduction on the SAP HANA capabilities and also his interview by Vlad where he covers his experiences within the SAP HANA team, the capabilities of their product and his thoughts on Hibernate and the integrating with Hibernate ORM.


JPA 2.2 introduces support for the Java 8 repeating annotations feature, greatly simplifying the use of JPA annotations within our applications.  Hibernate 5.2 had introduced support for repeating hibernate specific annotations but with Hibernate 5.3 supporting JPA 2.2 this will now be extended to cover the JPA specific annotations.  For a simple comparison and explanation of the new capabilities check out Vlad's post on the subject.


Traffic Shadowing in Istio


The istio platform provides many capabilities to support intelligent routing, load balancing, resiliency, telemetry and policy enforcement including the ability to mirror traffic from one live service to another in order to provide additional testing for a deployment before a decision is made to release.  In his next article on Istio, Christian Posta introduces us to the concepts of mirroring, discusses how RouteRules can be configured to mirror traffic to a second service and presents a demonstration showing how this works in practice.


Camel in Action 2nd Edition Released


Earlier this month Manning Publications announced the release of the Camel in Action 2nd Edition, an update to the original edition written by Claus Ibsen and Jonathan Anstey.  The book is currently available in PDF format with eBook and Kindle formats scheduled for release on February 23rd.


Keycloak and Angular CLI


For those developing applications using Angular CLI, Stan has developed a nice schematic which will allow you to simplify the integration of Keycloak with your application.  There are only a few steps needed to install Keycloak into your application, once done this will provide you with many features including login/logout, account management, the ability to protect specific routes and much more.


Upcoming Infinispan 9.2 Features


The upcoming release of Infinispan 9.2 introduces numerous new features and improvements on existing functionality.  One important feature being introduced will be the ability to invoke queries over HTTP, including mapping from protobuf to and from JSON to improve storage requirements, simplifying the client side requirements while retaining compatibility with other clients such as the HotRod C++/C# clients.  Other important changes involve the reintroduction of the eviction strategy within the data container as well as improvements to reduce the size of off heap memory allocations and improve the accuracy of their size estimates.


Custom HTTP Authentication with Elytron


The Elytron subsystem provides support for custom HTTP authentication mechanisms, allowing you to override the configuration of applications and force their authentication through your custom mechanism.  If you are interested in this topic check out Darran's tutorial where he demonstrates how to develop a custom authentication mechanism and how it can be applied to those applications needing to be secured.


JBoss Out and About


Eric Schabell has been very interested in the Shift Developer Conference over the years and this year he will finally have an opportunity to attend Shift Developer Conference 2018 in Split, Croatia on May 31st and June 1st.  Eric has submitted six proposals for presentations covering some of the softer skills within the Open Source universe as well as his current passion with AppDev in the Cloud.


New Releases



That's all for this week's edition of the JBoss Weekly Editorial, please join us for our next editorial when we will once again take a tour of the JBoss Communities in search of articles and interesting discussions.