In my last post, I talked about the 4 key enablers to porting to NonStop. I concluded the post by saying that enabling new application ports to the platform is a key aspect of NonStop strategy.
ISVs review the software stack that is available on a platform, very critically. Support of features that are available on their native platform / software stack (the platform / software stack, the application was originally developed on) is a critical success factor in porting projects. Database and Middleware are the two most important components of a software stack as far as the application developer is concerned.
Keeping these in mind, NonStop Enterprise Division (NED) has focused on adding features to their middleware and database products, that enhance the porting experience while making the applications perform better and easier to manage on NonStop.
- NSJSP 7.0 (expected to be released by end of Calendar year (CY) 2011) will support the latest servlet 3.0, JSP2.2 and EL (Expression Language) 2.2. It also facilitates 'single pane of glass' management for administering and monitoring applications.
- JToolkit has a new API that allows Java programs to communicate with a specific server process. A Java developer can use this API just as she does in other platforms - NonStop specific programming knowledge is not required.
- NSJ6.0 (compliant with Oracle JDK6.0) has a number of performance improvements which I am sure will be welcomed by the Java Developer community.
- SQL/MX 3.0 has increased row limits (32k) and key limits (2k) - ISVs do not have to split large rows to fit into 4k size of SQL/MX rows, any more. This release also supports 128 digits extended numeric precision
In the coming months, you will see many more features being added to NonStop database and middleware, which will make application ports easier and faster. CY2012 will also see the set of open source software supported on NonStop, being enhanced to include some of the popular java open source software.
More on those later…