3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 5, 2008 3:49 PM by Andrew Rubinger

    Compatibility of JBoss 5 / migration of applications

    Bernd Ruecker Master

      Hi!

      I deliver a JB161-Training for JBoss next week and the customer had one question in advance which I want to forward to this forum, hopefully somebody has an answer to that?

      The question is, if EJB3 applications developed today with maybe JBoss 4.2 can be easily deployed on JBoss AS 5 (because the production release of the application will be next year)? Or should they be patient with some features? Or other recommendations?

      Since Java EE is a standard, there shouldn't be too big differences, I think. But some stuff isn't standardized. So I am not sure here and an answer would be great since ...

      Thanks a lot
      Bernd

        • 1. Re: Compatibility of JBoss 5 / migration of applications
          William DeCoste Apprentice

          EJB3 applications developed on 4.x will require some minimal modifications for deployment on 5.0, which is targeted for release late spring. The modifications will be concerning the jboss extensions to the spec, such as package names of jboss extension annotations. There will also likely be configuration changes required (e.g. ejb3-interceptors-aop.xml).

          In a nutshell, the spec based implementations should port fine - it's the extensions that could require some work.

          • 2. Re: Compatibility of JBoss 5 / migration of applications
            Andrew Rubinger Master

            From an EJB3 perspective, AS 4.2.2.GA and AS 5.0.0.Beta4 are closely-aligned. When making the jump to the 5-series, most of my previous applications' migration issues centered around packaging and declaration of dependencies (as the underlying container, MC, has changed, along with many core services and ObjectNames).

            If I were them, I'd try deploying their existing EARs/JARs on each platform and see where the differences lie. Given that they've got some time before their deliverables, I'd try to get on the AS5 train early as possible. 4.2.2 is certainly more stable, but they want to be developing alongside our own releases to stay in line incrementally instead of worrying about a large migration later.

            Also good news for this type of scenario is that we'll soon be allowing existing AS installations to upgrade EJB3 without the entirety of the AS (via our new/reinstated Plugin Installer).

            Where are you giving the training?

            S,
            ALR


            • 3. Re: Compatibility of JBoss 5 / migration of applications
              Andrew Rubinger Master

               

              "ALRubinger" wrote:
              Also good news for this type of scenario is that we'll soon be allowing existing AS installations to upgrade EJB3 without the entirety of the AS


              This should read: "...existing AS 5.x installations ...".

              S,
              ALR