Welcome to another edition of the Weekly Editorial. Sit back, grab a drink and relax as we take you for a spin through the projects that make up the JBoss Community.
When are Champions No Longer Champions?
When they are Heroes of course. Last month we announced the creation of a new program to recognise those community members who are passionate advocates of JBoss technologies. This program was launched under the name JBoss Champions but is now called JBoss Heroes. Do you know of any heroes? If so get nominating!
EAP 6.4 is Out
JBoss EAP 6.4 has just been released with many enhancements and new features, the biggest being the inclusion of Java 8 amongst the list of supported virtual machines. This is a timely release, as Markus points out, as Java SE 7 will no longer be receiving updates from Oracle after this month. Arun has provided a summary of many of the new features and how to obtain the binaries.
The DevNation conference is taking place in Boston this year, from June 21st to June25th, with early bird pricing finishing today (24th April). The conference agenda and featured speakers have now been announced so what are you waiting for? This is a great opportunity to meet many of the core engineers in person, perhaps over a beer, and talk about anything. The conference is also hosting a Devoxx4Kids event with submissions for this event remaining open until May 7th.
JBoss projects are usually well represented at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco with many core developers and community members giving presentations on many topics. Our very own Markus Eisele, who is again part of this year's program committee, has some great advice for those who are still considering a submission. Hurry up though, the Call for Papers closes on April 29th!
The conference is also working with the Devoxx4Kids organisation to run a special track aimed at children, submissions for this track are handled through the same Call for Papers process.
Docker, Docker, Docker
Docker is a technology that is generating a lot of interest within JBoss with many of our projects and products already creating dockerised versions so that you can focus more on how they are used rather than how they are configured. Last week's release of Docker 1.6.0 brings numerous improvements, not only to the docker client but also to a number of other docker projects.
In Tech Tip #84 Arun introduces a number of these changes while concentrating primarily on the changes that have gone in to Docker Machine. He then follows up with Tech Tip #85 where he demonstrates how to orchestrate a cluster of containers using Docker Swarm. Markus also covers some good news for those who work on Windows as this release also sees the introduction of the first Docker Client for Windows.
Kerberos in Keycloak
The release of Keycloak 1.2.0.Beta1 introduced support for login using Kerberos tickets through SPNEGO (Simple and Protected GSSAPI Negotiation Mechanism). Marek has written an article describing the flow of a typical authentication scenario and explaining the steps required to set up the Keycloak provider.
Asynchronous Continuation in jBPM 6.3
The 6.3 release of jBPM will introduce a lot of changes however there is one feature that stands out having been requested many times, asynchronous continuation. What is asynchronous continuation? How can you make use of this features within your business processes? Let Maciej show you how.
Visual Data Transformations
Keith Babo, of SwitchYard fame, has been working hard over the last eight months leading a team tasked with developing visual tooling in support of data mapping. Claus has recently taken a look at their work, has some advice for how you can get started with their tooling and has provided links to some videos covering the various mapping styles they currently support. Well worth some of your time!
JBoss Out and About
- Eric Schabell will be presenting three sessions at this year's Red Hat Summit, in Boston from June 23rd to June 26th.
- Markus Eisele has been seen, virtually at least, taking part in VirtualJUG where he gave a talk on Large Enterprise Java Architecture and was a guest of the newly created Virtual JUG Podcast.
- The Hibernate team have announced the release of Hibernate Search 5.2.0.Beta1.
- The Arquillian team have announced the release of Arquillian Core 1.1.8.Final and Arquillian Extension Jacoco 1.0.0.Alpha8.
- The Infinispan team have announced the release of Infinispan 7.2.0.CR1.
- The Byteman team have announced the release of Byteman 2.2.2.
- The Weld team have announced the release of Weld 3.0.0.Alpha8.
That's all we have for this week's Editorial, we hope you have found something interesting to investigate and hopefully something that you feel you can contribute to. Join us again next week when we will bring more news from around the JBoss Communities.