PRODUCT NEWS

We’ve listened to the feedback we have received from developers using our products and services and have been working very hard to produce Version 4 for both WebORB for Java and WebORB for .NET based upon this feedback.  These new releases will provide support for many of the common tools developers use, including better documentation and examples.   This will make it even easier for developers to code faster and deliver their code on time. 

The following is what is new in version 4.0 for WebORB for .NET and WebORB for Java.

  • integration with Data Modeler in Flash Builder v.4
  • pluggable user-defined code generators
  • updated code generator for Cairngorm and PureMVC
  • new code generators for Mate and Swiz frameworks
  • all code generators support auto-creation of Flex Builder project files
  • support for .NET RIA Services (experimental feature) (WebORB for .NET only)
  • pluggable user-defined service browsers for the Management Console
  • service browser for XML/SOAP web services
  • service browser for WCF services
  • support for AMF behavior for WCF services
  • support for client/server property renaming via .NET attributes and Java annotations
  • improved code generation to support multiple namespaces and class hierarchies
  • support for IExternalizable (WebORB for Java only)

Version 4 Beta will be available end of month (WebORB for .NET- WebORB for Java beta soon to follow).

Check out our New Technical Articles for .NET.

WEBORB TIPS & TRICKS

Want to get a little extra performance out of your application?  There are two simple things you can do to improve performance.

1.  Remove all logging categories except for Exception and Error.  You can do this either through the WebORB console  (see below) or through your weborb.config file.

    2)  Change the compression threshold level to a lower value.  You may have to play with this a little to find the optimal compression level for your application.  This can be modified in the weborb.config file.

    Need more help with enhancing your application performance?  Visit our Support page to learn more about our commercial support options.

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    LBi developed an interactive website to accompany the launch of a physical exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of Marks and Spencer (M&S), one of UK’s leading retailers.  The web-based exhibition takes visitors through M&S’s 125-year journey from a market stall to penny bazaar to international retailer; showcasing how M&S is woven into the fabric of UK life.  This interactive website was built and is powered by WebORB for .NET.

    To capture the essence of this rich visual history, LBI sought out a lightweight solution for integrating their Flash client with components on the server.  According to Mark Agar, Head of Technical Development,    “We never considered any alternative to WebORB, because WebORB offered a reliable way for my team to minimize their deployed code base and focus their efforts on the user experience and visual design elements.” 

    Felipe, one of the developers stated “Using WebOrb allowed the Flash and the .Net teams to work together and focus on implementing key functionality rather than getting tied up working on the communications between the two.”  Today,WebORB powers not only the M&S exhibition website, but also other applications created by LBi.

    LBi employs over 1,500 professionals located primarily in the major European, American and Asian business centers; such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Brussels, London, Milan, Mumbai, New York, Paris and Stockholm. LBi is listed on Nasdaq OMX in Stockholm and NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam (symbol: LBI).  To learn more about LBi, go to www.lbi.com.

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    WHAT'S COMING NEXT

    We are working on a number of new products and services.  In the coming months, you can expect to see:

    • CloudPuncher for load testing and performance monitoring
    • WebORB Cloud (Java and .NET) for both Microsoft Azure and Amazon EC2 deployments
    • Support for AMF caching (.NET and Java)
    • Tighter Spring integration (.NET and Java)

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