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Monday October 08, 2012

Apache TomEE 1.5 Released!

We are excited to announce the release of Apache TomEE 1.5. The volume of feedback on the 1.0.0 Final drove such an impressive number of fixes and features into TomEE that the release number has been updated to reflect the changes.

The team is proud to announce certification of a new Apache TomEE stack that includes the Web Profile plus JAX-RS for RESTful Web Services. The new 'TomEE JAXRS' distribution shows TomEE's commitment to progressing its certification efforts beyond the Web Profile and is a great alternative to the TomEE Plus distribution. See the comparison for a view of all Apache TomEE distributions.

Another great feature is the extended support for database connection pools. In addition to the previously supported Apache Commons-DBCP, the 1.5 release adds transaction support to the native Apache Tomcat and BoneCP connection pools. The two additional pools offer great alternatives to applications under heavy load. JMX instrumentation and statistics have also been added generically to all pools and provide a great level of monitoring and management.

Other major features include deploy-time enhancement for JPA Entities via Apache OpenJPA, support including JPA providers in webapps, ability to mock and inject mocks in unit tests and a powerful new TomEE Maven Plugin which can provision servers, install libraries, deploy webapps and more.

We'd like to thank everyone who gave feedback and contibuted to improve Apache TomEE on a daily basis!

Monday April 30, 2012

Apache TomEE 1.0 Final Released!

The Apache TomEE community is excited to announce the long awaited final release of Apache TomEE 1.0.

A primary focus of the final release is performance tuning and production. Tuning was focused on large Applications such as Confluence, Ralio, and Lift. Large applications can expect major improvements over anywhere from a 100% to a 300% improvement in startup time over beta-2.

Railo 3.3 Custom (44mb WAR): 21.3% of beta2 startup time (369% faster)
Lift/Scala sample app (23mb WAR): 43.8% of beta2 startup time (128% faster)
Confluence 3.5.5 (149mb unpacked): 37.6% of beta2 startup time (166% faster)

Reduced classloading and a rewrite of the annotation scanning code account for the bulk of the increase. Improved TLD file scanning accounts for a large portion as well. New features also include, but not used in the above numbers, the ability to pinpoint which classes and jars should be scanned via scan.xml file placed in the application.

Server startup times have greatly improved as well. On a modern MacBookPro, without an SSD, startup time should be about 1200ms from the command line with all the default applications present or about 700ms via the Tomcat adapter in Eclipse. Issues with deploying applications to TomEE in Eclipse via the Tomcat adapter have all been eliminated. The steps of setting up a server setup are now quite easy and with the improved startup to deploy times the results are quite impressive.

New features include a Remote Adapter for Arquillian to round out the Arquillian support debuted in beta2. Shipped in a separate zip file that can be extracted into any server is an experimental new feature for provisioning applications using online Maven repositories. The functionality works great and we're excited to get feedback on it before considering it polished and stable. Write the dev list for details.

Of course a major new feature of TomEE is Tomcat itself. TomEE 1.0 uses the days old Tomcat 7.0.27 which adds support for the WebSocket protocol (RFC6455). Both streaming and message based APIs are provided and the implementation currently fully passes the Autobahn test suite.

We'd like to thank everyone who gave feedback during the beta releases. Your feedback has been critical maturing TomEE quickly and with results that even shocked us. We are incredibly pleased with the results and excited to see TomEE reach its potential.

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