Technology of the day: WAS CE

Last October IBM announced a free version WebSphere based on Apache Geronimo, called WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. They’ve just released a minor upgrade, version, and updated the developerWorks introductory guide accordingly.

Basically, WAS CE is a J2EE 1.4 Web and EJB container which integrates the integration done by Geronimo of many Apache subprojects into a single package. It’s useful for getting an enterprise Java development and deployment environment up and running fast without having to put all the pieces together yourself. As a free app server, it also lowers barriers for small businesses and non-profits (and the freelancers who support them) to take advantage of J2EE.

It seems that IBM is promoting it quite a bit this week, and have launched an odd ad campaign over at SourceForge (I challenge you to find the only two instances of “IBM” on that page).

If I have time this weekend, I think I’ll give it a test drive and see if I can shoehorn PHP in there somewhere. That would be a truly useful development environment.

On a related note, WAS 6.1 was announced the day after I finally installed WAS 6.0 on one of the department servers. I love when that happens.


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  1. Jason said,

    14 April 2006 at 9:02 pm

    It’s funny. I went to school with Dan. I’m friends with Dan. I can communicate with Dan. Yet, I have absolutely zero idea what any of that actually means. Seriously. I couldn’t even make an educated guess. You could put a gun to my head and force me to get within 50% of what that meant, and I’d probably die. I do love the fact though, somewhere out there, someone knows what this means and is probably pretty impressed by Dan’s intelligent and viewpoints. I take that for granted. This, however, just makes me feel stoopid. Or is it stupid. I can’t tell and I can’t spell.

  2. krook said,

    14 April 2006 at 9:08 pm

    Now you know how I felt when I read that article about cricket. Ah, the irony.

  3. unowho said,

    14 April 2006 at 11:21 pm

    Dan the Man is what I called him… No doubt that by the end of this weekend, he will have mastered WAS CE and PHP will have been more than shoehorned into it.

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