The first release candidate of Apache Tomcat 8 is now available as an alpha release. This release is intended to allow for testing and feedback. It is not intended for production use.
One of Pivotal’s senior engineers, leading expert, and Tomcat contributor, Mark Thomas, made the announcement on Tuesday via Apache Tomcat mailing lists. Tomcat 8.0 supports the Java SE 7 specifications including, Java Servlet 3.1, JavaServer Pages 2.3, Java Unified Expression Language 3.0, and the new Java WebSocket 1.0 specifications.
Developed in parallel, Thomas had previously explained how specifications and releases are related, “As the work on the specifications proceeds, and, as the changes firm up, then those changes will be implemented in the Tomcat 8 branch.”
Thomas outlined Tomcat 8 at his ApacheCon Europe 2012 presentation, “Apache Tomcat 8 Preview” in Sinsheim, Germany. Continue reading
Earlier this month, the vFabric team released vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated suite of primarily open-source based middleware components extended with enterprise management and monitoring features. Included in this release is the brand new tc Server 2.7, which offers enterprise features built on an Apache Tomcat base. vFabric tc Server is the best way to harness the simplicity of Apache Tomcat with the demanding enterprise capabilities required by large-scale deployments. The update details are in the release notes and documentation; however, there are 4 key highlights that are important to helping improve performance management for java applications including:
- WebSocket Support
- REST API for tc Server with the vFabric Administration Server
- Java 7 Support
- Security Features