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Pinned topic WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta refresh is available now

‏2011-03-11T17:29:53Z |
The entire WebSphere Application Server V8.0 development team is proud to announce the availability of the March, 2011 Beta refresh today!

The V8.0 Beta March, 2011 Refresh adds support for the IBM i operating system, and support for several new offerings:
  • Application Client for IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • Pluggable Application Client for IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • WebSphere DMZ Secure Proxy Server on z/OS
  • Web Server Plug-ins on z/OS

This Beta Refresh continues to expand the support of the Java Enterprise Edition 6.0 specifications, expands the OSGi programming model capabilities, and adds new support for the Java Batch programming model. And our Samples Gallery has been expanded to include more code examples for all of our supported programming models: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/wasinfo/beta/topic/com.ibm.websphere.samples.multiplatform.doc/info/ae/ae/welcome_samples.html.

This Beta Refresh extends the capabilities of the Centralized Installation Manager (CIM) via the Job Manager on z/OS and IBM i platforms, expands the new database and JDBC driver support, continues to improve the security of the IBM WebSphere Application Server, and lots more.

The "What is New in this Release" section of the Information Center identifies the new features that have been added and improved since IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 7.0, and uses special icon notations to highlight the new capabilities since the V8.0 Beta Refresh that was available in October, 2010:


This IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Beta forum has proven to be a valuable connection between WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Beta users and the WebSphere Application Server development team. We're able to share discussions about the new features in the V8.0 Beta, learn about our users' experiences with the product, and answer questions.

Feature Focus Weeks have been exciting, where development teams have been able to introduce and explore the available features in the V8.0 Beta. We'll continue to have Feature Focus Weeks for expanded capabilities available in the March, 2011 Beta Refresh.

Many more details about the Beta program, including how to download the March, 2011 Beta refresh can be found on the IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Beta home page - https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/websphere/wsasoa/index.shtml.

We're looking forward to getting feedback on your experiences with the IBM WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta Refresh in this forum.

Enjoy!

Dana Price
Release Architect

Updated on 2011-03-29T06:12:15Z at 2011-03-29T06:12:15Z by korhojo
  • Jacek_Laskowski
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    Re: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta refresh is available now

    ‏2011-03-22T17:44:54Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Hi,

    Is that how the beta refresh presents itself?

    
    C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\profiles\AppSrv01>.\bin\versionInfo WVER0010I: Copyright (c) IBM Corporation 2002, 2005, 2008; All rights reserved. WVER0012I: VersionInfo reporter version 1.15.1.37, dated 1/4/11   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   IBM WebSphere Product Installation Status Report --------------------------------------------------------------------------------     Report at date and time March 22, 2011 6:35:31 PM CET   Installation --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Product Directory        C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer Version Directory        C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\properties\version DTD Directory            C:\IBM\WebSphere\AppServer\properties\version\dtd Log Directory            C:\ProgramData\IBM\Installation Manager\logs   Product List --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   BASE                     installed   Installed Product --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Name                  IBM WebSphere Application Server Version               8.0.0.0 ID                    BASE Build Level           hh1108.14 Build Date            2/25/11 Architecture          x86 (32 bit) Installed Features    EJBDeploy tool 
    
    for pre-EJB 3.0 modules Embeddable EJB container Sample applications Stand-alone thin clients and resource adapters   --------------------------------------------------------------------------------   End Installation Status Report --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    


    Jacek
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    • korhojo
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      Re: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta refresh is available now

      ‏2011-03-29T06:12:15Z  in response to Jacek_Laskowski
      Hi,

      seems so, I got the same result.

      It is a bit confusing IBM decided to keep the same version number 8.0.0.0.
      I would have preferred something like 8.0.0.1 or perhaps 8.0.0.0.1 :-)

      The Build date (2/25/11) seems to be our best clue.

      -Joel
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    Re: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta refresh is available now

    ‏2011-03-24T09:05:12Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    I am one of the customer using Websphere Application Server (WAS) V7 in our company. Currently, we would like start a number of new Java EE application developments in the upcoming months and would like to adopt JEE 6 as our Corporate standard. But currently WAS 7 only confines to JEE 5 standard, so our vendor refuse to develop JEE applications using JEE 6 as we are using WAS 7 such that they cannot use JPA 2.0, EJB3.1, JSF2.0...

    Please advise which platform we should pursue. Wait for GA of WAS 8 within this year, or retain using WAS 7 adopting JEE 5 only.

    Please help. Is there any tentative release GA date for WAS 8.

    Many Thanks!
    Teresa Leung
    MTR Corporation
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      Re: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta refresh is available now

      ‏2011-03-24T12:57:45Z  in response to SystemAdmin
      WebSphere does provide the OSGi / JPA 2.0 Feature Pack for WAS v7 [1]. Although not the complete Java EE 6 stack, it does provide the JPA 2.0 level of function. In addition, this JPA 2.0 support does provide a hook point for integrating with a Bean Validation 1.0 Provider (also part of the Java EE 6 stack). The Feature Pack does not ship a Bean Validation provider, but it's quite easy to pick one up and use it [2].

      If the complete Java EE 6 stack is required, then the WAS v8 Beta would be an excellent starting point. It's a very solid offering.

      Good luck,
      Kevin

      [1] http://www-01.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/was/featurepacks/osgi/
      [2] http://incubator.apache.org/bval/cwiki/index.html
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        ‏2011-03-25T02:35:10Z  in response to sutter
        Thanks a lot for your advice!!!

        By the way, do you have any tentative release schedule for WAS v8.

        Will WAS v8 be released within 2011? or, we should wait for next year :-(

        Thanks again!!!
        Teresa Leung
        MTR Corporation
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          Re: WebSphere Application Server V8.0 March, 2011 Beta refresh is available now

          ‏2011-03-25T14:07:06Z  in response to SystemAdmin
          HI Teresa,

          Unfortunately, we can't disclose such dates on public forums. I suggest you get a hold of your sales rep where (under an NDA) he can expose those dates to you.

          Soloman
          Release Architect, WebSphere Application Server