Monday, June 03, 2013

JBoss EAP and WildFly - a Symbiotic Relationship

It was a year ago in June/2012 when we released JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 (JBoss EAP) our stable and supported product based on the groundbreaking work performed in the community JBoss AS 7 project that pushed the envelope of application server technology and recently granted us the ZeroTurnAround Best Application Server Award.

And although for this past year our track record, in terms of community releases and vocal presence has been relatively poor, the application server team has been super busy working behind the scenes on our long term goal of strengthening the symbiotic project/product relationship. How?

In two ways:

First, by releasing JBoss EAP 6.1 on May/20th (check out the release notes) we didn't just produce yet another minor release with many important bug fixes and a number of new features. We've introduced a change in the distribution model so that starting from EAP 6.1, binaries (and sources of course) of all EAP major.minor releases are becoming immediately available through the JBossAS downloads page on jboss.org to anyone that wants to use EAP for development purposes under a $0 subscription.

So if you have a strategic interest in JBoss EAP or you are just curious to try it out, you can get involved from the very early stages of productization, including the Alpha & Beta releases, discussing about the product, reporting any issues and helping us fix issues by the time the GA release is out.

Second, by renaming the community JBoss AS project to WildFly and Jason producing the first ever WildFly 8.0.0.Alpha1 release, we didn't just embark on the Java EE7 journey implementing the latest and greatest iteration of the spec, introduce a host of great new features or strive for even better performance. We've established a cleaner separation between the community project (WildFly) and the product (JBoss EAP) and we have entered a fast paced and aggressive monthly release cycle that will hopefully lead us to a Final version by the end of the year.

So if you love the community project (with the brand new name), you want to live on the bleeding edge of technology and help us once more have fun and make history (and write a lot of code on the way), now is the right time to get involved (and who knows, I might even hire the best of you). Also, don't be mislead by the Alpha phase of the project, the quality is way higher.

WildFly and JBoss EAP march towards their common future hand-in-hand complementing each other. WildFly constantly pushing forward in terms of new features and cutting edge innovation, and JBoss EAP following with a focus on enterprise level performance and stability, long term maintenance and first class professional support.

Both are available now for download, make your pick (WildFly / JBoss EAP) and get going!

/Dimitris

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