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This week, Oracle released a major new version of JDeveloper IDE, version 11.1.2
What’s new ?
- The plugin system has been revamped and is now based on OSGi
- The startup time has been dramatically reduced. (We will need to find another activity to allow us for a cup of coffee – or two – in the morning)
- Integration with Maven 2
- Support of JSF 2
- And, for Mac users using OpenJDK 7, no more need to hack your Java installation to make the installer happy. (when using Apple’s provided JDK 1.6, you still have to follow these instructions)
I have to admit that the startup time has improved much ! On my Macbook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz / 4GB RAM – Apple JDK 1.6.0_24), a warm start gives the JDeveloper 20 secs to get the main Window. Weblogic seems to follow this path too with an impressive 11 secs to status [RUNNING].
JDeveloper team released last week version 220.127.116.11, aka Patch Set 4.
This is a maintenance only release, no new feature has been added in this release. You can download it for free from Oracle Technology network.
Release Notes are available here
Others new / improved features is the support for Maven 3, Git etc … and the support for GlassFish Application Server 3.1, Oracle Weblogic Server and Oracle database (simplified connection wizard, guided installation to JDBC driver, editing and deployment of stored procedures)
I just downloaded and installed Solaris Express 11 on VirtualBox on my Mac and I was pleasantly surprised by the integration work done during these last two years. Everything I tested is working out of the box, including screen resizing, a traditional paint point of Solaris + VirtualBox.
Beside paving the way toward Oracle Solaris 11 and being one of the first Oracle branded release of Solaris, there are many new functions for developers and system administrators.
I was particularly impressed by the extremely simple installation process, that started with OpenSolaris and is now live for all current and future Solaris users. You can have a preview with this video.
You can also download a prebuilt Virtual Box VM, ready to use.
Give it a try !
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|Here is a tip to help you to save some time next time you will install Oracle Enterprise Linux as a guest OS in a Virtual Box system.
If, like me, you like to install the minimum set of components and then add whatever is required at a later stage, you will soon find that you can not install the Virtual Box Guest Additions : the installation procedure will complain for missing packages.
Actually, the installation procedure is compiling source code, hence it requires some development tools and the kernel header files. None of these are installed by default when you choose a minimal installation.
First Step : add Oracle repositories to YUM configuration (as root)
cd /etc/yum.repos.d wget http://public-yum.oracle.com/public-yum-el5.repo
Then ensure that the repositories are enabled, i.e. enabled=1 under [ol5_u5_base] and [el5_u5_base]
Second Step : install missing packages
sudo yum install gcc make automake autoconf kernel-headers.i386 kernel-devel
Then you can proceed with normal VirtualBox Guest Additions installation.
An Open Source implementation is also available from ForeRock’s OpenAM.
To summarize, a Secure Token Service is a third-party broker where Web Services clients can authenticate and receive a security token to be sent to a Web Service Provider. The Web Service Provider will, in turn, validate the token and to evaluate authentication and authorization decisions.
There are three approaches to interact with STS Server
Approach #1 – STS’s WSDL definition
This is the platform agnostic approach. Just rely on STS’s WSDL definition to generate whatever client code you will need.
Unfortunately, on Java SE 6, this approach fails because of incompatibilities in OpenSSO’s STS WSDL definition and JAX-WS.
Stay tuned on ForgeRock’s JIRA for more details on this approach.
Approach #2 : Using JAX-RPC and JSR 196 provider
JSR 196 is a SPI specification allowing to hook a filter inside a container. This filter will be invoked for all incoming and outgoing JAX RPC call, allowing it to be used for logging or security purposes for example.
OpenSSO and OpenAM do provide a JSR 196 provider for web service authentication (JSR 196) and authorization (JSR 115). This provider is able to work with an STS provider. The provider is available as part of openssowssprovider.jar JAR file.
However, this approach has a major drawback : it is JAX RPC based, i.e. quite old, now that the (Java) world has embraced JAX WS. In other words, Oracle only supports this when the web service provider and the web service consumer are deployed into a GlassFish v2 instance.
So, if you want to use JAX WS, you will require a little more work.
Approach #3 – JAX WS
JAX-WS also provides hooks to intercept outgoing and incoming SOAP requests. These hooks are named “Handler“.
The good news about Handlers is that they are web-app specific, unlike JAX-RPC JSR 196 provider which are installed at container level; hence for all your web applications.
You can think of an Handler as a Servlet Filter, dedicated to web service calls. They can be part of a web app, to protect web services providers, or stand alone client, to protect web service consumers. IBM has a very good documentation about using Handlers with JAX WS web services.
To test OpenSSO / OpenAM STS service with JAX WS handlers, I suggest you to read this tutorial.
Unfortunately, you will soon realize that these step by step instructions are not working.
Problem #1 : Oracle removed the download link to openssowssagents.jar file. Yes you read it right. As of today, there is no binary distribution for the JAX WS Handlers and WSS Agents. The JAR file is only available from ForgeRock.
Problem #2 : JAX-WS ClientHandler and ServerHandler are not included in openssowssagents.jar file. So even, if you are downloading ForgeRock’s JAR file, you won’t get these two JAX WS handlers.
So the only solution is to download the source code and built it yourselves. Building OpenSSO / OpenAM is not an easy task. This product has many dependencies and historical (legacy) branches. Anyway, your build will not be supported by Oracle nor ForgeRock. For your convenience, here is a openssowssagents.jar file with the JAX WS classes included.
Should you have a valid support contract with Oracle and/or ForgeRock, do not hesitate to open a support case and see what / if /how they will handle this situation.
My colleague Andrew wrote a plugin to allow this. In addition, the plugin takes care of generating the tedious boilerplate code required for object serialization.
Good Job Andrew !
|One of the big pain when willing to evaluate the SOA or BPM offering from Oracle is the installation process. These are not simple toys to play with, they require some hundreds of Mb to download and some patience to carefully install all components and their dependencies.
The good news, is that we are helping you out by providing Virtual Machines images, ready to run and pre-installed with all the software you will need : the database, the application server, the SOA suite with BPM and BAM.
Patience is only required during the 6Gb download now.
Be sure to have the latest version of Virtual Box installed on your machine and a few Gbs (2-3 at least) available for the virtual machine.