September 15, 2016 | Written by: IBM Cloud
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I dream in code.
I know all developers do. As a senior software architect on the WebSphere team, I have a long working relationship with my fellow developers—both at IBM and through clients. We all dream in code, and we love it when that code becomes reality.
That’s why IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 9 is so exciting for developers—it allows our dreams to become reality. How? Well, you asked, I answered. Below are three questions developers have been asking me about the latest version of WebSphere:
1. What is one thing developers love about WebSphere?
There are many things they love, but WebSphere Liberty, our lightweight production runtime for rapid web and cloud-based application development and deployment, sticks out.
Why? It already has the full Java EE7 stack that gives the complete set of Java technologies without having to integrate and test lots of third party libraries. Plus, to help you get started really quickly, we have a new Liberty app accelerator. It facilitates development in a fast and efficient way, and the app can be deployed to local Liberty, Bluemix, or even to a traditional WebSphere deployment.
2. What is the hottest WebSphere V9 feature developers should know about?
Oh, there are so many things, but I’d have to go with the fact that WebSphere V9 delivers the full Java EE7 stack into traditional WebSphere. This has great additions for asynchronous programming, and there is a new, modern Java batch programming model, which means developers no longer need to learn COBOL to have a first-class batch processing system available to them.
Now it is all about choice. These added Java EE7 capabilities were already available on the WebSphere Liberty runtime, so not only can developers can develop quickly on Liberty, but now there’s a choice of deployment to WebSphere Liberty or traditional WebSphere for their applications.
3. What’s the benefit to upgrading to WebSphere V9 if I’m already using WebSphere Liberty?
On the WebSphere Liberty side, the great thing for developers is that there’s no application migration needed when moving their existing apps to the new version of Liberty.
Liberty has a zero-migration architecture. You can keep writing new, exciting apps and not spend your time adapting your old apps to the new runtime version. Liberty is the only Java app server that frees you from the chore of application migration when you move up to a new version. Just imagine the apps you can write with all that extra time!
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