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GlassFish now runs on JDK 16!

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GlassFish , an open source Jakarta EE Platform implementation, is a code base that goes back a long time, in essence all the way back to 1996. It's also a fairly large code base. Therefor it's not suprising perhaps that in all that time, it obtained some cruft between all those lines of code, which made it challenging to run on modern versions of the JDK. The last few months or so the GlassFish team has been working on removing this cruft, and making the release compatible with newer JDK versions. The primary target was to be able to compile the code with JDK 11 and be able to run it on that as well. A stretch goal was to have it compiling with- and running on JDK 16 too. As of PR 23446 we have now reached this goal: Note that it concerns a nightly of a not-yet merged PR, and that the official certification of the soon to be released GlassFish 6.1.0 will be done against JDK 11 only (since, for now, the Jakarta EE TCK only runs on JDK 11). The internal tests touch a

The CN4J profile as the common EE and MP profile - a proposal

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The Java EE platform was moved a while ago to become the Jakarta EE platform . At about the same time, a group of Java EE vendors split off and started MicroProfile; a platform that initially only contained a number of Java EE APIs, but was later on extended with APIs that were originally planned for Java EE 8 (such as Config, Health, and JWT). With MicroProfile and Jakarta EE now both at Eclipse, and both including approximately all of the same vendors again, there has been an increasing demand for somehow joining the efforts. We asked about this in our recent survey, where most repsondends would like to see them aligned . This begs the question of how to do this exactly. MicroProfile is already using Jakarta EE APIs, and there's a strong desire to use MicroProfile Config in Jakarta EE. This would result in a circular dependency though, which is, perhaps, not ideal. One option in software engineering to break circular dependencies is to factor out the common dependencies i

Jakarta EE Survey 2020/2021 - results

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Last September we conducted our survey about Jakarta EE. In this survey we asked several questions about Jakarta EE, what people use exactly, and what they would like to see next. The survey was promoted in October, after which we got about 500 responses. The survey was left alone for the next months, until a little promotion was done in February, resulting in about 100 extra responses. In total we ended up with 684 respondents in total, which is down from the 1054 we got last time . Looking at the results we must keep in mind that surveys like this are by definition biased; the respondents are self-selected, and come from the pool of places that we (OmniFaces) reach. These are our own website , our Twitter account , the Jakarta EE news section , etc. The results may therefore be biased towards the more active OSS developer. Overview of questions Which versions of Java EE/Jakarta EE have you recently used? Which application servers have you recently used?

Jakarta EE 2020 Survey: which EE versions do people use?

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At OmniFaces we have a survey running about Jakarta EE . The first question is about which version of Java EE/Jakarta EE people use. While the final results are not yet in, let's take a sneak peek at the preliminary results. Which versions of Java EE/Jakarta EE have you recently used? (select all that apply) Java EE 8 is clearly taking the lead with Jakarta EE 8 in the second place. We see that J2EE 1.4 and Java EE 5 usage is very low, though there's still a sizeable amount of people using Java EE 6 (about 10%). When we zoom a little into the Java EE 6 figure, we learn that Java EE 6 users do for a large part use higher versions as well: As Java EE 8 and Jakarta EE 8 are functionally identical, and differ mainly by their license, it's perhaps interesting to look at how these two relate to each other. For that we looked at the results where people said to only use Java EE 8, only use Jakarta EE 8, or said to use both of them: As can be seen ab