New features in December release of WAS Liberty

Back in April 2014 IBM announced a new strategy for delivering features in WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile which IBM calls continuous delivery. This model provides new optionally installable features and function, which can be added to an existing WebSphere Liberty installation with no requirement for a version upgrade or migration. And now we start to see the fruits of this strategy.

New production features for Liberty 8.5.5

The first realization of this approach was delivered yesterday for Liberty 8.5.5 and it brings some cool production level capabilities to the product (read blog article for more details):

  • Support for larger deployments with Auto Scaling and Dynamic Routing (this one is my favorite – it is similar to WAS ND dynamic clusters)
  • Java Servlet 3.1
  • Java API for WebSocket 1.0
  • Concurrency Utilities for Java EE 1.0
  • JSON-Processing 1.0
  • Support for web-based single sign on for applications with OpenID 2.0 and OpenID Connect 2.0
  • Enhancements for the Liberty Admin Center
  • Support for CouchDB
  • Liberty REST connector for non-Java clients
  • Support for Enterprise Web Services (JSR 109 MR)
  • Support for Global Web Service Request Handler

New Migration Tool preview

In addition to the new runtime features, IBM also released a preview of the migration tool called “Migration Toolkit for Application Binaries“. This tool can scan your binary EAR and WAR files and generate a report of APIs used and shows you which editions of WAS the application can run. In addition to the text output below there is also a much more detailed HTML report that is generated by the tool with complete coverage of Java EE APIs used in the app being analyzed:

December 2014 Liberty Beta

But this is not all. IBM also released a December version of the Liberty beta with a preview of the following features:

  • SIP Tools
  • Remote Bundle Repository
  • OSGi App Integration
  • Utilities for Remote Liberty Profile server

Additionally earlier betas provided previews of:

  • SIP Servlets 1.1
  • JDBC 4.1
  • OSGi & Web 3.1 facet configuration for OSGi bundles
  • JAX-RS 2.0
  • PAX deployment support
  • Support for remote development
  • Real-Time Communications (WebRTC)
  • JAX-RS 2.0
  • Java Batch
  • JMS 2.0
  • JPA 2.1
  • bean validation 1.1
  • EJB 3.2 Lite
  • Java 8 toleration

I think it is clear that IBM is heavily investing it the WebSphere Application Server and the bar for the pace of innovation is raised once again. Try to catch up if you can!

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