So made it to wonderful Las Vegas and the Impact 2008 conference, where there are over 6,000 customers to talk to and learn from. On Monday I did a presentation, where I laid out a scenario for creating a service within the WebSphere Application Server. The focus of this presentation was to talk about how to use our WebSphere 6.1 product, and how the new feature packs play.
Feature Packs are a mechanism that we delivered in last year that allow customers to install "add-on's" to the base WebSphere product. These features are optional, so customers are not required to install these features on all their application server instances. This allows them to install and try new features without risking their whole installation. Each feature pack has its own service stream, and assuming the feature meets your needs, you can go into production with these feature packs.
We delivered 3 feature packs on WAS 6.1.
- Web Services feature pack - Which provides a new Axis 2 based web services stack
- EJB3 feature pack - Provides early access to the EJB3 and JPA standards which are part of the Java EE 5 standard, which will be delivered in our next major release
- Web 2.0 feature pack - Provides Ajax functionality