Wednesday, November 23, 2011

JBoss AS 7 at Devoxx

I just got back from my first ever Devoxx, and it is a really great conference - I was very pleasantly surprised! The auditoriums for the main talks were amazing.

Dimitris, Pete, Carlo, Dan, Lincoln, Aslak, Andrew, Max and I (apologies if I forgot anybody, there were quite a few of us) did a BOF on JBoss AS 7 with good attendance and some great questions from the audience. In hindsight I wish I'd prepared some demos for anticipated questions though.

It was a very nice experience to hang around the JBoss booth and finally meet some real AS 7 users after having worked on AS 7 the past year and a half. Users of older versions of the application server seemed to be impressed by the much improved configuration and domain management of AS 7. From the chats I had that seemed to be the thing people were most impressed by/disliked the most in previous versions.

Then there were numerous other talks by the usual JBoss suspects, all of which were great and packed. Since I'm biased and work on AS 7 I loved Andrew Rubinger and Dan Allen's talk on AS 7, and of course Pete Muir's talk on OpenShift. There will be more blogs from the rest of the team on our events page.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting started with JBoss Application Server 7.0.0 CR1 in minutes

JBoss Application Server 7.0.0 CR1 was released this morning (GMT). I'm sure Jason Greene, the AS 7 lead will post more details in the next day or two. In the meantime, I'd like to give you a very quick overview of how to get this up and running in a few minutes.

The most time-consuming step is to grab it from (later releases will be accessible from the main download page

Now go to your download directory and unzip it to somewhere, and then go to the jboss-7.0.0.CR1/bin folder:

[kabir ~/Downloads]
$unzip -q -d ~/AS7

[kabir ~/Downloads]
$cd ~/AS7/jboss-7.0.0.CR1/bin/

Now that the slow part is done, let's start it up in single server mode:

[kabir ~/AS7/jboss-7.0.0.CR1/bin]

JBoss Bootstrap Environment

JBOSS_HOME: /Users/kabir/AS7/jboss-7.0.0.CR1

JAVA: /Library/Java/Home//bin/java

JAVA_OPTS: -Xms64m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Dorg.jboss.resolver.warning=true -Dsun.rmi.dgc.client.gcInterval=3600000 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.server.gcInterval=3600000 -Djboss.modules.system.pkgs=org.jboss.byteman


11:55:25,759 INFO [org.jboss.modules] JBoss Modules version 1.0.0.CR4
11:55:26,009 INFO [org.jboss.msc] JBoss MSC version 1.0.0.CR2
11:55:26,077 INFO [] JBoss AS 7.0.0.CR1 "White Rabbit" starting
11:55:26,955 INFO [] creating http management service using network interface (management) port (9990) securePort (-1)
11:55:26,965 INFO [] Removing bootstrap log handlers
11:55:26,997 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) Deploying JDBC-compliant driver class org.h2.Driver (version 1.2)
11:55:27,101 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) Activating Naming Subsystem
11:55:27,157 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) Activating OSGi Subsystem
11:55:27,188 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) Activating Security Subsystem
11:55:27,208 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-4) Starting Naming Service
11:55:27,215 INFO [org.jboss.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-3) JBoss Remoting version 3.2.0.Beta2
11:55:27,229 INFO [org.xnio] (MSC service thread 1-3) XNIO Version 3.0.0.Beta3
11:55:27,248 INFO [org.xnio.nio] (MSC service thread 1-3) XNIO NIO Implementation Version 3.0.0.Beta3
11:55:27,518 INFO [org.apache.catalina.core.AprLifecycleListener] (MSC service thread 1-2) The Apache Tomcat Native library which allows optimal performance in production environments was not found on the java.library.path: .:/Library/Java/Extensions:/System/Library/Java/Extensions:/usr/lib/java
11:55:27,539 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-3) Listening on /
11:55:27,575 WARN [org.jboss.osgi.framework.internal.URLHandlerPlugin] (MSC service thread 1-2) Unable to set the URLStreamHandlerFactory
11:55:27,576 WARN [org.jboss.osgi.framework.internal.URLHandlerPlugin] (MSC service thread 1-2) Unable to set the ContentHandlerFactory
11:55:27,590 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) Activating EE subsystem
11:55:27,593 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-4) Starting remote JMX connector
11:55:27,604 INFO [org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol] (MSC service thread 1-3) Starting Coyote HTTP/1.1 on http--
11:55:27,732 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-3) Starting JCA Subsystem (JBoss IronJacamar 1.0.0.CR2)
11:55:27,855 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-2) Bound data source [java:jboss/datasources/ExampleDS]
11:55:28,255 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-1) Started FileSystemDeploymentService for directory /Users/kabir/AS7/jboss-7.0.0.CR1/standalone/deployments
11:55:28,267 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) JBoss AS 7.0.0.CR1 "White Rabbit" started in 2750ms - Started 91 of 146 services (55 services are passive or on-demand)!

And that's it! JBoss Application Server 7.0.0 started in 2750ms. Leave it running for now.

Go to http://localhost:8080/ for the welcome page which contains links to our admin console and documentation. Our documentation is being created online at and there is a fair bit of content already, but make sure you check in regularly since for our next release we will be focussing 100% on our documentation. The docs include a more extensive quick start guide than this.

To deploy applications one way to do it is to copy them to the jboss-7.0.0.CR1/standalone/deployments folder. Since this is not a Java EE tutorial, let's use the first example war I could find online:

[kabir ~/AS7]
$curl > Calendar.war
% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
100 529k 100 529k 0 0 312k 0 0:00:01 0:00:01 --:--:-- 356k

[kabir ~/AS7]
$cp Calendar.war jboss-7.0.0.CR1/standalone/deployments/

Now in the terminal window where you started AS 7 you should see that the application has been deployed:

11:55:28,267 INFO [] (Controller Boot Thread) JBoss AS 7.0.0.CR1 "White Rabbit" started in 2750ms - Started 91 of 146 services (55 services are passive or on-demand)
12:05:13,713 INFO [] (MSC service thread 1-1) Starting deployment of "Calendar.war"
12:05:14,262 INFO [org.jboss.web] (MSC service thread 1-3) registering web context: /Calendar
12:05:14,290 INFO [] (DeploymentScanner-threads - 2) Deployed "Calendar.war"

If you go to http://localhost:8080/Calendar you should see the deployed web app.

See the docs for more information about how to make JBoss AS 7 work for you!

And please report any issues at our users forum.