JBoss AS is now EE5 certified! September 15, 2008Posted by Sacha in JBoss.
As promised a few weeks back, we just released JBoss AS 5.0CR2. Two of our main CR2 release criteria were i) full EE5 TCK compliance and ii) 100% of our test suite passing the tests. Consequently, after 27098 tests, I am very happy to report that we are now very officially passing the EE5 TCK. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the JBoss AS contributors (as well as those of our affiliated projects) who’ve restlessly fought hard to make it happen; it has really been a two year sprint.
While for most of our users, using JBoss 4.x was “good enough” (i.e. it already contains most of the EE5 components such as EJB3 and support for Web Services), some companies strictly relying on such certification have been waiting a long time for this version.
But this release is not just important to those users, it is also a very important time for us at JBoss: we have been investing so much of our expertise and innovation in the EE5 specifications, notably in EJB3 and JPA, that we are extremely proud to see this innovation finally come to light in our product. EE5 very much signifies the end of Java’s era of Enterprise middleware arrogance (“we are complex because we are powerful”). “Simplicity” is now a respected criteria in this new era of Java middleware.
OK, enough self-congratulation; what next? In 10 days, we are going to have a JBoss AS engineering meeting in Neuchâtel to polish the codebase for the official GA tagging and prioritize the post-GA tasks. Given that the GA release should happen in the next 6 weeks or so, we are working in parallel on the content of the EAP 5.0 (the only version of the software Red Hat supports).