Our Open Source Contributions Beyond Mule: Tomcat, Ubuntu, and Debian

February 16 2010

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Recently, while working with Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, an opportunity came up for us at MuleSoft to take on open-source community work to improve the Ubuntu Tomcat 6 package. Having spent several years administering the most popular Tomcat Internet Relay Chat channel, I’ve gathered lots of feedback from Tomcat users about what they had difficulty with, and the changes I had to offer turned into implementation work.

Apache Releases Tomcat 6.0.24 – Whats New

January 21 2010

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The new stable release of Tomcat 6.0.24 represents six months of open source software development. Version 6.0.24 includes a small number of new features, plus a large amount of important bug fixes and enhancements. This release is an incremental bug fix release, but the number of fixes included in this release is high.

iBeans 1.0-beta-9 Released!

December 3 2009

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I’m pleased to announce the latest iBeans 1.0-beta-9 release. This release has lots of new features, including:

    • An iBeans plugin for Eclipse makes it really easy to create and debug web projects that use iBeans. The plugin works with the JEE distribution of Eclipse, enabling you to create and test a web application on Tomcat or MuleSoft Tcat in minutes. See iBeans Eclipse plugin for more information.

    iBeans 1.0-beta-8 Released

    October 28 2009

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    The Mulesoft team is pleased to announce the 1.0-beta-8 release of iBeans.

    What is iBeans?

    iBeans is a service that simplifies integration for web applications. iBeans exposes its API as a small collection of Annotations which can be used to easily integrate with existing or new applications. iBeans is installed in the Application Container and provides integration services to your applications, right now Tomcat is supported with others to follow.

    Tomcat Performance Tuning Tips

    September 16 2009

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    I often get questions about how to tune Tomcat for better performance.  It is usually best to answer this only after first spending some time understanding the installation of Tomcat, the web site’s traffic level, and the web applications that it runs.  But, there are some general performance tips that apply regardless of these important details.  In general, Tomcat performs better when you:

    Don’t You Have a Blog?

    September 16 2009

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    Every so often, I would be answering some questions about Tomcat, and the person I’m speaking with would ask “where’s your blog?” or “do you have a blog somewhere?”  I have always cringed at that question because I didn’t have one — until now.  Mainly I had a few clever excuses for not putting time into a blog of my own:

    ebizQ Commentary: Is “Guerrilla SOA” a Realistic Option When the CEO Doesn’t Approve Your Budget?

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    Trying to get budget from the C-level in these economic times can be difficult, but integration and SOA initiatives are still very much alive and need to move forward. Check out this blog post and conversation on ebizQ to consider whether “’Guerrilla SOA’ is a realistic option when the CEO doesn’t approve your budget.”

    “SOA What” – the newest hit in dev rock

    January 13 2009

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    Mark Bromfield, a senior programmer at Interval came up with this witty little jingle that we all get a (Mule) kick out of. Listen for yourself!

    Lyrics are posted here if you’d like to sing along.

    Did SOA Just Die?

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    There is an interesting post by Anne Thomas Maines from Burton Group exclaiming that SOA has gone the way of the Dodo:

    Once thought to be the savior of IT, SOA instead turned into a great failed experiment—at least for most organizations. SOA was supposed to reduce costs and increase agility on a massive scale. Except in rare situations, SOA has failed to deliver its promised benefits.

    The Write Stuff

    November 13 2008

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    You may have noticed a lot of changes to the MuleSource documentation wiki lately. With the help of all of our great developers, I’ve been slowly updating the pages, validating content, updating outdated information, and restructuring. We’ve also added a lot of new content to the Getting Started guide and set up navigation so that it flows like a book, making it easier for new users to get up and running.