You can now download the April beta release of the WebSphere® Application Server Liberty Profile and the WebSphere Application Server Development Tools (WDT).

Look out for more betas over the coming months.

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What’s new in the April beta?

  • Servlet 3.1: Basic support for using a readListener. Currently only for servlet requests; not with WebSockets yet.
  • EJB 3.2: Support for the local EJB homes.
  • Admin Center: New web-based user interface for administering Liberty environments. Simultaneous multi-user access to manage servers and collectives from the desktop and tablets.
  • Migration Toolkit – Liberty Tech Preview: Scan your WAS application to see if it will run on Liberty profile.
  • z/OS Connect: A Liberty-based gateway to simply and securely discover applications and data on z/OS from web, cloud, and mobile applications. Uses RESTful services and JSON.
  • Liberty repository: A new look integrated with our downloads page, providing better filtering options, improved dependency awareness between features, and now supports installing configuration snippets.

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What’s already in there?

  • Optimized Adapters (WOLA): Close integration of classic applications on z/OS with those running in the Liberty profile for z/OS. Set of APIs for bi-directional calls between applications on Liberty profile and in CICS, z/OS Batch, and z/OS UNIX System Services (USS).
  • OpenID: Allows for Liberty profile security integration with an OpenID Security Provider such as Google, Yahoo, and others. Based on the OpenID 2.0 open standard.
  • OpenID Connect: A framework to support Single Sign On (SSO) across most major websites like Google, PayPal, and the Liberty profile. Supports OpenID Connect 1.0 as both an OpenID Provider (OP) and as a Relying Party (RP).
  • WebSockets: Partial support for the Java API for WebSockets. Includes connection initiation, message reading and writing, ping, pong, most annotations, and message decoding and encoding.
  • Java 8 toleration: Allows the Liberty profile to run with fewer errors on a Java 8 virtual machine. Applications still need to be compiled with Java 7.
  • Connector Architecture: Standard architecture for integrating Liberty profile and Enterprise Information Systems (EIS). Based on Java EE Connector Architecture V1.6 technology.
  • EJB Lite version 3.2: Initial support for the ‘lite’ subset of the Enterprise Java Beans version 3.2 spec. Includes support for non-persistent EJB timers and asynchronous EJB methods.
  • Java EE Concurrency Utilities 1.0: Ability to configure and use server-managed executors, scheduled executors, thread factories, and the thread context service. Thread context capture and propagation includes the classloader context, the Java EE metadata context, and the security context.
  • Knowledge Center: Beta documentation is online for the first time in IBM Knowledge Center, the new home for IBM product documentation.

List of stories and bugs in the betas

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2 Comments on "Announcing: April betas for Liberty profile and WebSphere Developer Tools"

  1. László Váradi April 26, 2014

    Hi,

    is there any release plan, when will Liberty Profile be released? I’m interested in the JCA enhancements.

    Best regards,

    — Laszlo

    • Mel Modjeski April 29, 2014

      There is a production version of the WebSphere Liberty Profile available in our WebSphere 8.5.x product stream, the most recent level of that stream is 8.5.5.2.

      The content in this beta is the technologies the WebSphere development team is working on and we are looking for feedback from our users. We don’t have a specific timeline as to when all of these feature will be released, we are using an agile development and continuous delivery model to release our highest priority features to our clients as quickly as possible.

      However, since you specifically asked about JCA, you can see from our latest announcement last week that we will be releasing the JCA support (along with several other features from the beta) as a new feature in our Liberty repository
      on June 13, 2014. These features will be optionally installable on top of an 8.5.5.2 product level.

      Announcement link:

      http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/4/897/ENUS214-184/index.html&lang=en&request_locale=en

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