Enterprise Java for Mac OS X?

by Steve Anglin

Related link: http://www.idg.net/ic_1008496_6134_1-3523.html

At the San Francisco Macworld Expo, enterprise Java for the Mac OS X does exist as evidenced by this Macromedia announcement. Yesterday, Macromedia announced the availability of its JRun J2EE container or Web application server for the Mac OS X.

According to InfoWorld: "Priced at $899 per processor, Macromedia's JRun 4 for Mac OS X is a commercial J2EE-compatible application server used at more than 10,000 companies worldwide, according to Macromedia. JRun could be used on Xserve, Apple's rack server for Mac OS X, according to Macromedia."

Therefore, as a result, enterprise Java development and deployment options for the Mac OS X rack server now includes the following noteworthy software (not comprehensive):

J2EE Web Application Server/Container

  • Macromedia JRun 4 for Mac OS X

  • Apple WebObjects

Java IDE with J2EE Support

  • Borland JBuilder for Mac OS X

  • Oracle JDeveloper for Mac OS X

Yes, Oracle also just announced the JDeveloper for Mac OS X. Perhaps, Oracle also plans on offering its database and other solutions for the Mac soon. Of course, it depends on how much the Mac OS X is accepted as a reliable and value-added enterprise solution.

While I have my doubts about enterprise Java for the Mac, I think the jury is still out on this. What do you think?


2003-01-08 19:00:21
JRun for OS X

JRun is J2EE-certified, rather than J2EE-Compatible -- it is rather a large distinction.

Also announced by Macromedia was a developer version of ColdFusion MX (CFMX) for J2EE that can be deployed on JRun or Tomcat,

In a single stroke, there is a Java enterprise solution available on the Mac platform.


2003-01-08 20:42:45
Java IDEs
There is a NetBeans version for OS X as well
2003-01-09 08:45:34
Wouldn't we want to include JBoss in this list of containers?
2003-01-10 03:38:23
A lot more solutions
We should note that every product which is 100 % pure Java (most of the IDEs and Containers are) run without problems on Mac OS X, i. e. the Orion J2EE Server, or the Eclipse IDE.
Enterprise Java on the Mac has a future in my Opinion, at least as a development plattform. It's really cool to develop a J2EE application on your PowerBook, go to the customer's site, pug it in, and it works. We did it for an internation air line and earned a lot of aaahs and oohs.. :-)
2003-01-18 08:21:21
A lot more solutions
That would be nice if it were true. Unfortunately, Exclipse isn't really 100% Pure Java because it uses SWT for its GUI. Until SWT is available for Mac OS X, programs like Eclipse won't be available on the Mac.

I heard someone was working on a Mac OS X port of SWT. Does anybody know the status?

2003-01-18 13:41:18
Java IDEs
Have you tried NetBeans? It does some nice things like setting up directories and stuff, but the editor is barely usable.
2003-03-09 18:52:35
JRun for OS X
What, like WebObjects isn't a Java Enterprise solution?
2003-07-09 14:58:51
To the best of my recollection, JBoss does not have explicit support for Mac OS X. While it should work/run, I do not know of anyone using it for Mac. It seems JBoss is more concerned with J2EE and .NET interoperability.
2003-07-13 14:51:18
Gee, I'll have to tell my Jboss servers that they souldn't be running. I have both 2.4 and 3.x servers running on 10.2 servers.Where did you get your faulty info from?