This editorial looks like it's going to be about release after release after release! The teams have really been busy!
First Marc has written a few articles about the new APIMan release (version 1.4) followed quickly by 1.4.3 (if anyone finds 1.4.1 and 1.4.2 please return them to Marc care of JBoss!) He's also found the time to write about how you can customise your path patterns for the gateway.
While we're at it, of course let's not forget about the equally interesting Hibernate Community Newsletter. And on the theme of Hibernate, Hibernate Search 5.10 has another maintenance release and Hibernate ORM 5.1.15.Final along with ORM 5.3.2.Final were also released by the team, followed closely by OGM 5.4.0.Beta2.
Other releases over the period include Infinispan 9.3.0.Final, Thorntail 2.0.0.Final, a couple of RESTeasy releases, ByteMan 4.0.3, the ever popular Debezium had a release, Apache Camel 2.22 came out, and Keycloak 4.1.0.Final (check out this article around Keycloak on Kubernetes too!)
Not quite a release but definitely newsworthy, Mario Fusco is the new Drools lead! Well done Mario!!
Chritina Lin has written a great first article on contract first design with Apicurio and Fuse.
Let's wrap up with a personal favourite: the JBossTS team have done some interesting work around the LRCO optimisation and you can read about it in this article.
OK that's it for now. Enjoy!
There has been a lot of BPM related activity this relatively quiet week.
jBPM Lead Kris Verlaenen has written an article about his attendance of bpmNEXT 2018. In fact it was such a good day 1 that he had to span it across two articles! Kris also followed up with a couple of entries on day 2 activities. Meanwhile Edson Tirelli has written a complimentary piece that points out videos to the various sessions so everyone can enjoy.
Christian writes about the book he and Burr Sutter have written about Istio Service Mesh and which has just been released. Congrats guys!
OK that's it for this week!
OK so this week seems to have been the time many of our projects have made a release. We've got Hibernate (Search 5.10.0 Beta 1, OGM 5.3.0 Final and of course the usual community newsletter), Arquillian (Smart Testing 0.0.9, ShrinkWrap Resolver 3.1.3, Container WebSphere 1.0.0 CR1 and Tomcat Container 1.0.1 Final), Byteman 4.0.1, WildFly 12.0.0 Beta 1, Camel In Action 2 (book signing and tower building!) and Infinispan 9.2.0 CR3. Phew!
Amongst all of that, the Hibernate team still had time to talk about the JPA 2.2 standard as it applies to the project. Will Burns spoke about distributed iteration improvements in the latest Infinispan, which is definitely worth reading if you are interested in distributed streams. And Christian Posta has written one of his usual brilliant articles, this time around Istio and traffic shadowing for microservices.
However, we leave a special shout-out to Mario Fusco who is illustrating how Voxxed Days Zurich 2018 is being scheduled using our very own OptaPlanner! A really great example of real world use of an open source project/product!
OK that's it for this week!
It's been a rather quiet week, probably due to a lot of our team getting ready for US Thanksgiving. But there has been some activity and in the spirit of getting something out (release early, release often) ...
The Infinispan and Vert.x teams are in Madrid this week for Codemotion (I hope they're getting better weather than some of us!) If you are in the area then this is a great opportunity to go and see a couple of our teams and give them feedback, learn the roadmaps etc. And even though some of the team are in Spain, they managed to put out an update to the Infinispan/Spark connector, which Gustavo discusses. Plus an update to the C++ and C# Hotrod clients!
While I've got your attention I'll take the opportunity to remind you all about EE4J. I've spoken about this before on my blog, but there's been a lot of activity in the last few days as we've started to ask for input on the new Java EE brand name (EE4J is the project, not the brand), as well as moving some specifications and reference implementations across to the project, as you can see from the twitter feed:
Please take a look and get involved.
OK that's it for this week!
For those who don't recognise it, the title is a reference to that Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan and his song, but it really is quite apt at the moment. First let's look at some monumental news which is hopefully not so new now: Java EE is moving to a new home, an as-yet undisclosed open source foundation and to presumably a governance model which puts much more power into the hands of the community! This is pretty significant for the wider enterprise Java community, whether you use a full-blown application server or just some of the components that have been defined over the years within the JCP process; now you will have more ability to help influence the direction of the specifications, code etc. just as you might if you were to participate in any open source project. I'm also hoping that the work we are doing with Eclipse MicroProfile will help influence the next releases of Java EE, or whatever it might be called, since that has always been our intent.
OK so on to the next bit of news: www.jboss.org is moving too! Although not quite on the same scale as moving Java EE and not really a move per se, it's important that anyone involved in our upstream communities and products take note because you can really help influence the future of the site. As I mention in my blog on the topic, the changes we have in mind aren't going to happen overnight so there is time to comment or use your clicks to let us know how you use the current site.
A few other changes this week include the fact you can now get NoSQL support in jBPM, and as Maciej also describes, through this there's now an option to use ElasticSearch as a data store. Since we're talking about things Maciej has been writing about this week, he's been busy also by writing about how jBPM 7 can be used in cloud environments.
Just time for a few more announcements. There's an article on how to use MQTT with Vert.x, WildFly 11 CR1 has been released, and of course there have been a number of other projects doing releases so go check out the blog feed. OK that's it for this week (surely that's enough?!) See you next time.
This week we've a mixed bunch of entries to highlight. Let's start with a mainstay of this editorial, jBPM and Drools. Edson has been writing about how they and OptaPlanner are switching to agile delivery! Hot on the heels of that Kris gives an overview of the 7.0 release of jBPM! Wow, I remember when we were still at version 3! Maciej has more to say on the topic of jBPM 7 too when he dives into some changes which affect case management.
This week we've also seen some prolific activity from the various data teams. For example, William on Distributed Streams in Infinispan, Radim on the new scattered cache implementation, again in Infinispan, and Galder recapping on Reactive Big Data. And speaking of reactive systems we've got a posting for a GSoC student working on Vert.x and OpenAPI! Really good to see student activity in our projects.
That's it for this week! See you next time!!
We're back after a couple of weeks break and where to start? The obvious candidate is BPM because the team seem to be dominating the feeds recently! The BPM product architect and jBPM project lead, Kris Verlaenen, has been prolific with a series of articles about the bpmNEXT conference he is presenting at. Take a look because there are some interesting perspectives on where BPM in general is going in the future. Kris has an introductory article here too. And related to BPM, Maciej has written about a fairly common requirement, how to send emails from within a process with a nice worked example. In an earlier article, Maciej also took the time to show the new Case Management Showcase application in the BPM workbench.
Not to be outdone, the Hawkular team have a few important announcements. They had a talk at CloudNativeCon in Berlin.
But then there was the announcement that we are getting involved with the Jaeger project!
"This new version of Jaeger provides very similar functionality to Zipkin, which is focused on visualising individual traces. It does not have the aggregated views currently supported in Hawkular APM - however from discussions with the Jaeger project, they are keen to be able to provide aggregated views. Therefore we have made the decision that, rather than refactor the Hawkular APM project’s model to be more OpenTracing compatible, it makes more sense to collaborate on the Jaeger project."
Keep watching this space for further updates!
A few more noteworthy announcements and articles in the last couple of weeks include:
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!
OK so this is an editorial meant to cover many things happening in the JBoss/middleware space for Red Hat. And whilst we'll get to a summary of some of the other things going on in this space, I wanted to start with a reference to a recent announcement by our xPaaS Product Manager. In this article we're announcing that efforts like Vert.x, WildFly Swarm and even Spring Boot will now also be available on OpenShift. Now I kinda see this as good and there was no intention to give the impression anything else we're doing and have built up a huge user/developer base around, such as EAP or Fuse, is somehow being neglected or reduced in priority. Far from it: the EAP 7 series is a key part of xPaaS and we've worked closely with the OpenShift team to ensure it runs well there. Same goes for other Java stacks, such as Fuse or BRMS/BPMS. But some folks have perhaps read too much between the lines here and think otherwise, so I wanted to take the opportunity to make it clear that enterprise Java, in many varieties of implementation, remains our focus and priority. Whether you're interested in the established approaches such as Java EE or some of the newer efforts, like Vert.x or WildFly Swarm, Red Hat is the home for your (hybrid) cloud deployments.
With that said, onwards! Following on from the above, which is also at the heart of our microservices efforts, Bilgin has something to say on the topic as he attempts to apply psychology motivational theories to microservices - and not before time And of course no good microservices effort can ignore OpenShift, so Eric's demo of the new OpenShift 3.4 release is good timing! Now whilst Hawkular Metrics isn't microservice specific, I do expect to see it have a significant positive impact there so you should take a look at Michael's post about Pandas
Speaking of the importance of Java EE, as we were earlier, the Community Asylum this time around talks to Gunnar about Bean Validation 2.0. Separately, Ramesh talks about how the 9.2 release of Teiid now supports the SQL-MED specification.
Let's finish with some project releases, including JGroups 4.0.0, Keycloak 2.5.4, and Hibernate Search 5.7.0. Another worthy mention is the latest Node.js client release for Infinispan's Hot Rod protocol which supports cross-site client failover!
Well that's enough for this week. See you next time!
OK so many of our American friends and colleagues will probably be slowly digesting their turkey dinners so this is a great time to give you and them something to read. Let's start with a bang!
Yes, the Ceylon team have released 1.3.1 which, as this blog recounts, is much more than a micro release! You should definitely got and check out the article and the release itself.
Next up, and Ceylon has a play here as it's also available on OpenShift, is the recent xPaaS announcement around Data Virtualization. This marks an important milestone for our products on OpenShift, where we have containerized runtimes of all our Middleware solutions available for our customers, while we continue to evolve the experience around using the products. That means that today our customers and prospects can run:
And we're not only just 'making these products available on OpenShift'. As important as enabling the products for such a scenario, we manage the lifecycle of all the dependencies for those products, and that greatly reduces the operational burden that traditional middleware imposes. Congrats to all of the teams involved!
On to the rest of the week and we've seen lots of projects release. These include Keycloak, Hibernate Validator, Hibernate ORM, WindUp and Forge. Finally, one important article to shine a light on is Claus' trip report from his adventures at ApacheCon (and this time his luggage appears to have gotten there and back without incident!) Some nice photos as well!
OK, that'll do for now. Plenty to read about while that turkey digests! See you next time!
Many things happened this week but I'll take a selfish moment and start with a couple of articles I wrote. As I mentioned earlier in the week, it's been (over) 10 years since JBoss was acquired by Red Hat and it's been a great decade for open source enterprise middleware from Red Hat! Every one of our customers, partners and community members deserves a round of applause!!
Next up I had to write some clarification text around the MicroProfile work we announced back at DevNation. Take a look if you are still confused but let me summarise here for some people who appear to be unclear about how open source works: it's an upstream, open source effort to gain experience from communities, vendors and individuals, around developing microservices with enterprise Java; it's not a standard, though it going to use various standards, and eventually once we believe we have something worth standardising we'll make the right next move.
Talking about things we announced at DevNation or Summit, Eric has written a summary article for those people who couldn't make it this year. Nice to see he included the killer keynote demo In a separate article Christina writes about a JBoss Fuse Integration workshop she, Eric and Siamak did at Summit - well worth checking out!
On to some non-Summit related activities this week. Let's start with Ceylon, where Stef talks about some modularity changes in the language as well as their Android support.
We've had a few releases this week too, including the first Hibernate OGM 5 maintenance release, Teiid 9.0.1, Hawkular Services 0.0.5 Final and Hawkular Metrics 0.17.0 (well done guys, for multiple releases!). The Hawkular team also wrote about scaling stateful services. Finally for this week, Gunnar has written about how you can upgrade Hibernate ORM in WildFly, something which is a lot simpler since their latest release of Hibernate last week 5.2.1.
OK, that's it for this week. And in light of our 10 year anniversary, I'll end with: Remember we love you, and Onward!
Apologies for being a couple of weeks since the last instalment but we're here again! And what a couple of weeks it's been?!
Microservices has been dominating a lot of conversations across the industry for a while. Is it new? How does it relate to SOA? When I was on holiday recently I got a chance to put down a few thoughts on the subject, for instance how they relate to fundamental distributed systems, or what constitutes a microservice if in the future, as I suspect, we allow them to become dynamic systems? I also had a few musings on what typically leads to monoliths and how microservices isn't necessarily going to avoid those pitfalls. Take a look because your input in this technology wave is crucial.
The Infinispan team seem to have got stuck in releasing one version after another (which is a good thing!) First we had 8.2.1.Final, then 8.1.3.Final, and now 9.0.0.Alpha1! Never one to be outdone, the Arquillian team shot back with a Graphene release, a new Drone version (two actually), and the Container Undertow release! There have also been a number of other releases of projects so check out The Buzz!
Time for a couple of other highlights, such as Marc talking about APIMan in a network with limited connectivity, Heiko about Hawkular in ManageIQ sprints, Martin on Weld meeting Vert.x (great news!) and Vlad with the Hibernate newsletter.
Mauricio also had some good news about the Drools book he co-authored - it's out now! Good luck guys and I'm looking forward to the movie version!
OK that's it for now. Hopefully we'll be back in a week and not two
OK let's get the sad news out of the way: one of editorial team and a key member of the JBoss family is leaving! Good luck Markus and come back soon!
Now that's out of the way we return you to our normal scheduled service. And as usual Eric has been doing a great job of pushing the OpenShift+JBoss agenda. Whether it's the Container Development Kit (CDK), with it's integration through Eclipse, or just installing OpenShift as a private PaaS, Eric always manages to get straight to the point and in an easily understandable manner.
One of our relatively newer projects, APIMan, has had a few articles in the last week. Len has written about improvements on plugin management, which is really a key area for APIMan and Policies. Eric, the project lead, has also stepped up to write about how you can republish your APIs, and how you can re-register your client apps. If you're at all interested in API Management, which cuts across a number of different areas, then check out these articles as well as the project.
In other news, we've had a really interesting article on testing and Ceylon, Heiko has written about the work they're doing with integrating JBoss Management and ManageIQ (a very important step!), and Keycloak 1.9.0.Final was released! Congrats to the team.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next week!
Yes it's that time of year again when a lot of the world starts to think about Father Christmas, festive cheer and snowmen! JBoss and Red Hat are no different, but despite this it's also been a busy time for us here. Maybe the snowmen have been helping us out?!
The Vert.x community have been asynchronously hard at work (see what I did there ?) with automatic redeployment in Eclipse. And talking about Eclipse, as Alexey mentions we're hiring again for the team so if you've any interest then get in touch! Ho ho ho, let's not forget about the JBoss Tools maintenance release either!
Two of our most prolific authors have been making their lists, checking them twice and writing about a lot of interesting things: Eric, who has been writing about all things BRMS related for a very long time, presents his audience with a lovely Christmas present of the Ultimate Collection of BRMS Demos, and if that wasn't enough he has a quick tour of importing a project into BRMS. Meanwhile Markus has written about the latest EAP 7 Beta release, just in time for those people with time on their hands on Christmas day. And conveniently he also has the second part of his refresher on EE7 backend features.
If that isn't enough for you, Markus also managed to find time to write an article and associated video about getting started with EAP 7 quickstarts! Phew!
Now if EAP 7 beta isn't enough for you both Jason and Alessio have a few things to say about the latest candidate release of WildFly 10. So let's finish with Davide's article on Cassandra integration with Hibernate OGM 5.0.0 Beta1 and Christina's entry about different ways in which you can develop Fuse applications. I hope you've enjoyed these additional Christmas presents and we see you all after the day. Enjoy and remember: we love you!
For those of you in the US reading this a day late ... Happy 4th of July
We've a lot to cover this week as despite the fact many people have been recovering from the hectic week at Summit/DevNation, life and work must go on! So for a start let's look at something not necessarily associated with JBoss: Minecraft. For those of you in the know, however, you'll understand that not only is Minecraft based on Java but it also relies on Netty! A while back we announced that we had joined the Devoxx4Kids community; well this weekend our very own Arun Gupta and his son will be running the Devoxx4Kids Minecraft Modding Workshop at Minecon in London (helped by yours truly!).
We all know that last week was Summit, but it turns out that a new conference was also kicked off in Barcelona. JBCNConf was attended by several of the Fabric8 team and Claus gives a great overview of what happened there. Which ties in quite nicely to the release of Fuse 6.2, which Christina writes about. As Christina states, one of the important new features is RBAC: "Another important new feature is the Role Base Access Control. Powered by JAAS implemented. Many enterprise needed this in real production environment, what this does, it authorized user's right on access the Fuse console, JMX, command line mode and the service allowed in OSGi." Claus also has a great article on getting up and running with Fuse 6.2 quickly.
Now of course we have the usual flurry of entries summarising Summit and DevNation. Including one from Eric with his usual BPM focus, Mark Proctor talks about his presentation (with more related here), Arun (again) has a nice piece on Summit with lots of photos, and of course there's the Summit Keynote demo to watch again!
Some releases to note include 0.1.0 of the Hawkular Business Transaction Management project, which Gary discusses along with how you can monitor SwitchYard applications with it. Hot on its heels is Heiko talking about the Alpha2 release of Hawkular. JBoss Data Grid 6.5 is out!
If you're a LiveOak fan then you should take a look at the latest entry from Ken talking about its future.
And last but by no means least, WildFly 9 Final is out!!
OK that's it for this week. And I'll be on holiday soon, so it'll be down to the other editors to take you through the summer
This week has seen a lot of activity around DevOps and microservices. I'll shamelessly start with plugging a few things I've written on the subject, such as how you should look at microservices and Linux containers (such as Docker) for the natural unit of failure within a microservices environment:
"If you are building multiple microservices, or using them from other groups and organisations, within your applications or composite service(s), then do some thinking about how they are related and if they should fail as a unit then pull them together into a single image."
I also wrote an addendum to that article the other day just to make it clear that whilst containers such as Docker are useful, their neither necessary nor sufficient for microservices, especially in the Java world:
"If you're thinking about developing microservices in Java then you don't have to worry about using Linux containers: your unit of failure is the JVM. Start there and built upward."
I also wrote about how state can be handled with microservices, especially in a DevOps/cloudy environment where Linux containers are used and typically assumed to me immutable. Hopefully people find these articles useful - I certainly found them fun to write. Then in a semi-related article, Eric wrote about Docker and integration/BPM projects - lots of nice demos there! Everyone is looking at Linux containers/Docker these days, including the Keycloak team where Marko wrote about clustering recently.
Now some of our projects and products that are at the forefront of the things we're doing around microservices and DevOps are Fuse, Camel and Fabric8. Christina wrote about how to (lazily) create an offline repository. Christian took time to write generally about Enterprises and Microservices (part 1), but also how to do continuous delivery with Fabric8 v1. Claus has written a great "getting started with Fuse" article, so check it out if you're new to Fuse. Marek has written an entry on securing Fuse and Hawtio applications with Keycloak, which is a critical requirement for enterprise deployments.
In other news Kenny mentions the upcoming Red Hat virtual event Building Data-driven Solutions for the Internet of Things on April 23 at 11 a.m. (EST) / 15:00 (GMT). Sign up now! And the Arquillian and TorqueBox teams release new versions - 1.0.0 Alpha 5 (Docker extensions) and 3.1.2 respectively.
OK that's it for this week! Onward!