JBoss AS7 goes Final on July 12th 2011 - You will love JBoss AS7
I fully expect a global drop in coffee consumption for enterprise Java developers and administrators because there will be less wait time, less coding and you now have a vastly easier to manage & deploy application server. More developer/administrator productivity means more time spent on adding business value. You can join the #JBossAS7 conversation on theserverside.com.
Faster startup (< 3 secs) and faster hot deployment means less time waiting to see your changes live.
Smaller ASs - memory footprint means more memory available for the hungry Eclipse on your desktop workstation. If you are like many JBoss users, you likely need to start dozens if not hundreds of application server instances in your production environment to meet your ever growing end-user demand.
EE6 programming model means a POJO with annotations model for transactional components, RESTful endpoints and the glue code between the UI tier & middle tier disappears.
Hibernate Users: Hibernate continues to be one of the most popular and pervasive open source projects around the globe. Hibernate 4 ships as part of JBoss AS7 and Team Hibernate/JPA put together a nice article on what is new and now available.
Spring Users: if you are a Spring user and wish to learn more about how to bring those old Spring applications to AS7 then make sure to follow Marius's blog on the topic.
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