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To view our full selection of recent Eclipse stories click here Over the last several weeks I've received a few questions about remote debugging with Eclipse. I posted about this on my other blog back in February here but with not enough info for others to follow. If you go look at that blog entry you will see that I looked into 'in eclipse' debugging but did not find it satisfactory. So without further ado here is how I use Tomcat, JBoss, and Eclipse to build and debug applications. Whichever platform you are using (Tomcat or JBoss) you need to start them with the JPDA debugging enabled. For Tomcat this is very easy. In the $CATALINA_HOME/bin directory there is a script catalina.sh. If you provide the arguments 'jpda start' tomcat will startup and listen on port 8000 for a debugger connection. With JBoss its only slightly more complicated. Basically you need to speci... (more)

Flashback: Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive 2004 Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners

April: Exclusive Interview with Dale Fuller This past February David Skok's new VC firm - Matrix Partners - orchestrated, with Accel, a $10 million investment in JBoss, Inc. This first round of funding in an open source company was a bold play, but then David Skok, famous in the Java arena as the founder of SilverStream Software - acquired by Novell in 2002 - is no stranger to bold moves. The first question then, naturally enough, is to ask Skok whether this investment is somehow a contradiction, or whether there is indeed money to be made from open source? "We think that there's definitely money to be made," Skok says without hesitation. "Red Hat's a clear example," he adds. "They're now profitable on around a $100m annual revenue run-rate. And we're still in the early days of the open source movement."   Curious about the business model he sees underlying OSS, I ... (more)

SOA World Conference & Expo SYS-CON.TV Power Panel Live From Times Square

View "SOA World Conference & Expo" Power Panel Executives from IBM, BEA, JBoss, Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun debated diverse aspects of their application server offerings. A discussion of price points, from the JBoss open-source model which emphasizes service revenues, to the more traditional business models from most of the other vendors was followed by a discussion of the technical merits of each platform and how each company is uniquely striving to serve what it perceives as its customers' needs. The six industry experts involved in the Shoot-Out this year were Mark Heid (IBM), Gary McBride (BEA),  Shaun Connolly (JBoss), Dino Chiesa (Microsoft), Mike Lehmann (Oracle), and Rich Sharples (Sun). The panel predictably discussed open source, but in ways that might have been unexpected.  One of the more interesting discussion points, posed by Yakov Fain, for example, invol... (more)

Migrating a JBoss EJB Application to WebLogic

The JBoss open source application server is commonly used in the development phase of a J2EE project. In the production phase the commercial BEA WebLogic server is preferred because of its enhanced set of features. Without modifications, an application developed in JBoss does not deploy in WebLogic server. The deployment descriptors for the WebLogic server are different from the JBoss deployment descriptors. An application may be migrated to WebLogic by converting the vendor-specific deployment descriptors to WebLogic. In this tutorial an EJB application developed in JBoss will be migrated to WebLogic with MySQL as the database. Preliminary Setup Download and install the BEA WebLogic server (www.bea.com/framework.jsp?CNT=overview.htm &FP=/content/products/weblogic/server). Create a server domain. Download the MySQL JDBC driver JAR file (www.mysql.com/products/conn... (more)

Java Kicks Ruby on Rails in the Butt

This article tries to demonstrate that Java can be more productive than Ruby. We are going to develop the same application of the article Rolling with Ruby on Rails Revisited (part 1 [1] and part 2 [2]) but using POJO [3]s annotated with JPA [4] and a Model Driven Framework, OpenXava [5] in this case. The result is that with less code, and less time you obtain a more powerful application. Ruby and rails: The regressive framework Ruby on rails [6] is so elegant, so easy, so productive. I cannot avoid read and heard continuously these comments. For example, the article Rolling with Ruby on Rails Revisited of Bill Walton says: “What would you think if I told you that you can develop a web application at least ten times faster with Rails than you can with a typical Java framework?” Oops! Ten times faster! Well, after these comments I decided to learn Ruby on Rails. I ne... (more)

SYS-CON.TV Exclusive with JBoss Founder & CEO Marc Fleury

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"Middleware Is Still in its Infancy," Says JBoss's Fleury

JDJ Industry Perspective: The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz, President & Chief Operating Officer, Sun Microsystems Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive JDJ Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners Creative Science Systems: Middleware for the Masses "Middleware Is Alive and Well, Thanks!" Says TMC's Deshpande It's the Aspects A new paradigm by JBoss's Bill Burke Is middleware becoming commoditized, as Sun's Jonathan Schwartz contends? Or is it a continuing growth area, as "professional open source" advocate Marc Fleury, CEO of JBoss Inc., maintains? Fleury is not the first to disagree with Schwartz. Salil Deshpande, CEO of The Middleware Company said, in response to his remarks about the "end" of middleware: "Saying that middleware is history is like saying our nation's highways, railways, and waterways are history. They are boring when workin... (more)

Open Source Middleware: "Professional Open Source" Continues To Grow

Investing in 'Professional Open Source' - Exclusive JDJ Interview with David Skok, Matrix Partners "Middleware Is Still in its Infancy," Says JBoss's Fleury "Through the Professional Open Source methodology, JBoss continues to execute on its roadmap to grow JBoss open source middleware into a comprehensive software infrastructure suite," said Shaun Connolly, JBoss's vice president of product management, as the Atlanta, GA-based company this week announced an update of recent releases of its open source projects. "JBoss is fully committed to bringing the power of J2EE to all programmers. By dramatically simplifying J2EE development, many more developers can quickly and easily take advantage of the increasing range of services within the JBoss Enterprise Middleware System," Connolly continued. Recent releases and updates for JBoss projects include: Hibernate 3.0 - This ... (more)

As Enterprise RIA Development Market Mushrooms, Marc Fleury Joins Board of Appcelerator

JBoss founder and former CEO Marc Fleury, the guy who couldn't get on with Red Hat after it acquired JBoss for $350 million, has joined the advisory board of Appcelerator Inc, an Atlanta start-up doing open source software for cross-platform SOA-ready rapid rich Internet application (RIA) development. The company means to make waves for Adobe Flex. The announcement follows Ben Sabrin, the first non-founder employee of JBoss, joining Appcelerator as VP of strategy and business development. Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie is quoted as saying about Fleury, "We believe the knowledge he developed building JBoss, to the point where it quickly became a true challenger to much larger competitors and a substantial industry force, will be invaluable to Appcelerator as we look to achieve similar dominance in our pursuit of the enterprise RIA development market." According to Fleury... (more)

"Professional Open Source" - VP Discusses JBoss's Venture Funding Strategy

Bob Bickel has been busy since JBoss announced on February 19 that it had closed on $10M in VC funding. A week on, he thought it might be useful to review the logic behind the move and answer some of the commonly asked questions. Innovatively, he addresses them in a blog. "The simple reason to move forward with VC funding," writes Bickel, "is that it helps enhance the Professional Open Source business model." What does JBoss mean exactly by that term, 'Professional Open Source'? "We think that there are a lot of developers, IT shops, software, systems and integration partners," Bickel explains, "that want a 'safe' open source project to use." By 'safe' what Bickel means, essentially, is two things: 24x7 production support and partners "24x7 production support is not only someone answering a phone or e-mail," he stresses, "but having an escalation procedure in place, im... (more)

JBoss Uses Adobe Flex to Build New Web-Based Mail Client

The JBoss Mail Server (JBMS) has been recently re-branded for its upcoming 1.0 release as "JBoss Collaboration Server." The web-based mail client component of the whole collaboration server package, says JBoss's Andy Oliver, is "spellbinding." The JBMS team used Adobe Flex 2.0. James Ward, a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe, notes that the Flex 2.0 SDK is free to develop with and deploy:  and that Flex's source is open. "Flex & Flash are greatly influenced by Customer Advisory Boards and private & public beta groups," Ward explains. "Although it's not as formal as the JCP, it works similarly," he adds.  Aside from Flex, there are other options for using Flash as a RIA runtime like FABridge, Aflax & OpenLaszlo, Ward says. But Flex 2.0 is definitely what makes JBoss Mail server rock, according to Oliver.  ... (more)