The Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.2 implements many new features:
J2EE 1.4 compatible.
(Improved) Outstanding developer experience with NetBeans 5 and improved deployment speed, runtime footprint and server start up time. NetBeans 5.0 includes Application Server 8.2 as a default J2EE runtime.
(New) Superior throughput performance and better scalability supporting multi core/multi threaded architecture.
(New) Fast Infoset support improves web services performance multiple folds.
(New) Application Server 8.2 adds support for Red Hat 4 and My SQL 5. See Hardware and Software Requirements, later in these notes, for a complete list of supported operating systems and database drivers.
(New) Application Server 8.2 bundles deployment-ready Derby database, making it possible to develop and deploy end-to-end J2EE applications.
(New) Built-in JMS resource adapter makes connectivity with backend systems even easier. Application Server 8.2 supports connectivity to IBM MQ Series and Sun's MQ Server.
(Updated) Enhanced J2EE 1.4 blueprints including demonstration of using Web 2.0 technologies like AJAX with Application Server 8.2.
JavaServer Faces Support — Developers can quickly build web applications by assembling reusable UI components in a page, connecting these components to a data source, and wiring client-generated events to server-side event handlers.
Improved Administration Console — The Application Server 8.2 Administration Console adds new look and feel with capabilities like JNDI namespace browser, JDBC Connection Validation, Deployment Descriptor Viewer, Error log viewer and improved monitoring.
Web Services Security: Container message security mechanisms implementing message-level authentication (e.g. XML digital signature and encryption) of SOAP web services invocations using the X509 and username/password profiles of the OASIS WS-Security standard.
JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library 1.1 Support: the library encapsulates core functionality common to many JSP applications.
(Updated) Bundled J2SE 5.0_06.
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