Weld 4.0.0.Beta1

2020-9-18   release   Matej Novotny

A new Weld 4 release is now available! Latest core version is now 4.0.0.Beta1 and Weld API that ships with it is 4.0.Beta1.

I will not be listing links to issues as usual, because I think more important work was done outside of JIRA tracking this time (although you can check the issues here). Instead, let me sum it up in a short list of noticeable changes:

  • All Weld bits are now present in Maven Central

    • Including servlet core (and shaded) which had to be left out last time

  • We are able to execute CDI TCKs in EE 9 environment once again and it’s all passing

  • We are now able to test servlets with Tomcats and Undertow

  • Reworked documentation generation tooling

    • Weld docs now have similar look to those of CDI and are distributed in either PDF or single page HTML format

  • Did some updates on Javadoc generation in API and Core if generated with JDK 11

  • Big update pass on tooling and dependencies

    • We are now using Dependabot and have bumped almost every dependency and tooling in the project

    • Which also led to nice cleanup and fixing of several issues

On top of that, every bugfix that would go into Weld 3 is of course being added to Weld 4 as well so those aren’t missing either!

WildFly Patch

Sadly we cannot provide a patch for WildFly as there is not yet any official release that would support EE 9. As soon as there is one, we will surely follow up with Weld patch!

Weld 3.1.5.Final

2020-8-12   release   Matej Novotny

New maintenance release is now out - Weld 3.1.5.Final. It comes along with Weld API 3.1.SP3 although there are no significant changes in the API. The release was mainly to update to a new parent project version, allowing us to consume newer plugins and prepare ground for MR JAR support. As for core artifacts, there are some bugfixes as usual, so let’s take a look at those.

Fixes and improvements:

  • Weld Core

    • Allow to aggressively invoke setAttribute() when manipulating with conversation map in session (WELD-2626)

      • This behaviour is gated behind a property; it doesn’t affect standard Weld behaviour

    • Automatically cleanup leftover HttpSessionDestructionContext when starting new session context on a thread (WELD-2631)

    • Fix a rare case where an integer overflow could happen during alternative priority ordering (WELD-2628)

  • Weld Servlet Support

    • Change WebAppBeanArchiveScanner to allow serving modules without publishing (WELD-2570)

  • Other bits

    • ObserverMethodConfigurator initialized by reading an AnnotatedType previously didn’t set the method as async when it should (WELD-2609)

    • Fix up generation of javadoc (especially with JDK 11) for shaded artifacts and make it include Weld API/SPI as well as CDI API javadoc

    • Prepare ground for MR JAR releases which are a likely solution to JDK 11 class defining for SE (WELD-2619)

      • This is hopefully coming in the very next release

    • Updates to website tooling (Docker image, Ruby dependencies) and updates to some old http references which should now be https

    • Re-enable testing of CDI TCK 1.2 with Weld 3.x; this was broken sometime during migration to Jakarta artifacts (WELD-2624)

    • A test that assumed an order in between conversation context lifecycle and session timeouts was found to be wrong (ConversationContextDestroyedOnSessionTimeoutTest) and was re-written to remove the erroneous assumption (WELD-2629)

    • Correct JaCoCo TCK execution (WELD-2625)

WildFly Patch

This time around, the patch for WildFly 20.0.1.Final is available.

If you’re not familiar with patching WildFly, check the FAQ.

Weld 4 and Jakarta EE 9

2020-5-13   release , jakarta   Matej Novotny

Weld Meets Jakarta EE 9

Most of you surely know that Jakarta EE 9 is on the horizon; slowly but steadily it is making its way into Java world. And we are not far behind, in fact we have just released Weld 4.0.0.Alpha2 which is an implementation of CDI 3.0! You heard that right, in Jakarta EE 9, all APIs have bumped their major versions; CDI turned 3.0 and so Weld version implementing that became 4.0. Hand in hand with it goes Weld API 4.0.Alpha1, also adapted to EE 9.

Some basic information about the release:

  • All the bits should be available in Maven Central at this point.

  • There is also .zip distribution as usual, see download page for more information.

  • No WildFly patch is provided this time around because WildFly does not yet have an EE 9 branch.

Working and Broken Parts

The only, yet considerably huge, change in APIs is (or at least should be) the swap from javax to jakarta packages. This comes with bunch of problems, for instance there is no EE server that could run on EE 9 with new packages yet. GlassFish is going to be first and they are working on integrating all the EE 9 reference implementations. There are some chicken-egg problems such as Weld requiring EE 9 server to execute CDI TCKs, but at the same time there is GlassFish needing Weld 4.0 to start operating with EE 9 in the first place. For this reason, our first few 4.0 releases are going to be marked as Alpha or Beta, they will not be fully tested and might be missing some parts that previous releases contained.

Here’s what’s working:

  • All testing that doesn’t require full EE container

  • Weld core implementation and API works as usual and is fully released

  • Weld examples work only partially, all those needing EE container have nowhere to be deployed

  • Weld SE works fully

  • Weld Probe should work so long as you are in SE

And here are the missing parts:

  • We cannot execute CDI TCKs until there are stable GlassFish build

    • We should be able to renew this pretty soon

  • Other in-container tests that we have (running on WildFly) are now disabled

  • Servlet parts of Weld are completely excluded from early releases

    • This is because there is currently no servlet working on EE 9, therefore we have nothing to adapt our internals to, yet

One big and sadly unanswered question is that of backward compatibility. In Jakarta itself, there seems to be a consensus of EE 9 not being backward compatible with EE 8. Weld 4 on its own will not work with applications written for Java EE 8 - basically with anything requiring old javax namespace packages. However, EE servers will be forced to adapt somehow, so I expect a tooling might eventually emerge that will allow to run legacy applications on newer servers. But that is yet to be seen and surely no sooner than after EE 9 release when other big servers start to adopt it.

Development Plans

Just to make things clear - we are planning on actively developing both, Weld 3 and Weld 4. We understand that EE server will need to take their time switching to Jakarta EE 9, all the more due to the aforementioned circumstances around backward compatibility. Therefore, both our versions will get their share of updates and bug fixes in the future!

Weld 3.1.4.Final

2020-3-28   release   Matej Novotny

New Weld version is here, say hello to Weld 3.1.4.Final. There are only few issues included in this release, so let’s take a look at them.

Fixes and improvements:

  • Weld Core

    • ObserverMethodConfigurator initialized by reading an AnnotatedType previously didn’t set the method as async when it should (WELD-2609)

    • Fixed observability of @Destroyed events for Conversation context when there are multiple WARs deployed (WELD-2610)

    • After a failed attempt to restore a conversation, Weld could omit firing @Initialized event; this is now working properly (WELD-2611)

    • Cleanup of stored conversations required unnecessarily many locks simultaneously which could lead to deadlock on some servers (WELD-2612)

    • Removed Unsafe usage as means of cracking open ClassLoader for proxy definition (WELD-2613)

      • This only helped to hide IllegalAccess warning on JDK 11 (which will now show again)

      • Starting with JDK 12 and newer, Unsafe doesn’t work at all making this solution obsolete

      • We’ve created (WELD-2619) in order to search for better solution that would work across all JDK versions

    • Using HttpSessionContext.destroy() could sometimes not destroy the instance if it wasn’t used in current request (WELD-2615)

    • Fix OSGi versions for EE dependencies (WELD-2616)

    • Properly close stream after reading (WELD-2606)

WildFly Patch

This time around, the patch for WildFly 19.0.0.Final is available.

If you’re not familiar with patching WildFly, check the FAQ.

Weld 3.1.3.Final

2019-11-28   release   Matej Novotny

Weld 3.1.3.Final arrives along with Weld API 3.1.SP2. This is a minor update which had a main goal of swapping whole Weld internals from Java EE 8 to Jakarta EE 8.

Fixes and improvements:

  • Weld API/SPI

    • API was transferred to Jakarta EE GAVs (WELD-2598)

  • Weld Core

    • Core and whole testing was transferred to Jakarta EE GAvs (WELD-2598)

    • Properties inside beans.xml now support spec-descriptor-property-replacement on WildFly (WELD-2600)

    • Rolling updates delimiter is now correctly ignored for external bean archives (WELD-2596)

    • Allow for private final method in intercepted beans, these methods are then ignored during interception but Weld no longer blows up (WELD-2595)

  • Weld Servlet

    • Adjust Jetty attributes accordingly to how they were renamed (WELD-2597)

  • Other

    • Fix several misplaced licenses that were causing confusion (WELD-2599)

WildFly Patch

This time around, the patch for WildFly 18.0.1.Final is available.

If you’re not familiar with patching WildFly, check the FAQ.