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From David Jencks <>
Subject Re: Release Management
Date Wed, 29 Mar 2006 21:55:23 GMT

On Mar 28, 2006, at 9:47 AM, Bradford, Jeff L wrote:

> My reference to "the Eclipse > Software Update option" below was  
> just an
> example reference to a nice easy pull solution to version upgrades.
> I was wondering if Geronimo had any plans of offering some type of
> migration solution (i.e. executable, script, etc.) to expedite version
> migrations for the users.  Our current vendor app server offers  
> this and
> another open source app server here does not, and it is becoming  
> more an
> more of a productivity killer issue.

There's going to be a fairly big plan change between 1.0 and 1.1, and  
I'm working on a utility for upgrading plans.  I'm hoping that this  
scheme will be extensible for the future.  We're certainly aware of  
the problem.  As far as the server itself, we are working towards a  
plugin based server architecture, which as a side effect should make  
it easy to have the server upgrade itself (on request :-)

If you have more ideas for what would be useful, please let us know!

david jencks

> Jeff
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matt Hogstrom []
> Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 9:21 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Release Management
> Jeff,
> We are constantly kicking around ideas of how to improve the user
> experience.
> It sounds like your primary concern is updates and synchronization  
> when
> running
> in Eclipse or another IDE.  Is this correct?  Do you have requirements
> for
> runtime updates as well?
> Bradford, Jeff L wrote:
>> One of the issues we have run into with previous open source app
> servers
>> is the lack of a fast migration path from one version to the  
>> next.  It
>> is always an unzip and then a manual movement of the needed app
> specific
>> info and server config while keeping in mind changes to DTDs as well.
>> Keeping a large development shop on the same version of an app server
>> locally and on our various testing tiers is a major undertaking.
>> Therefore, do you have any plans or would you consider assembling  
>> some
>> type of auto-update executable, script or an Eclipse type of Software
>> Updates option to ease this pain between major and minor versions.
>> Thanks,
>> Jeff

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