How does Virtualbox help me in hacking with Netbeans, Glassfish and PostgreSQL ? (2)

Did you read yet Part 1 ? If not, I recommend to run through it here.

We started from the scratch with VirtualBox and created a new virtual machine running Ubuntu Server 9.10. The last step was to shutdown the virtual machine. Now it is time to clean up, update our server, finetune the configuration and install JDK and Glassfish.
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How does Virtualbox help me in hacking with Netbeans, Glassfish and PostgreSQL ?

Using the Netbeans IDE together with Glassfish as application server is quite easy and comes out-of-the box with the Netbeans installer. To install PostgreSQL is not significantly harder to install on Linux (or Windows). Our team uses Ubuntu 9.10, Netbeans 6.8, Glassfish and PostgreSQL 8.4.2. If you work alone, it is usually no problem to develop and deploy locally but once you are embedded into a team, you better ensure that you deploy and test applications in the same environment. Very quick you will have Ubuntu updating the OS and PostgreSQL and someone might install Glassfish updates or even add optional modules, soon you have as many deployment environments as you have team-members (times 2). The straight forward answer would be to have all working with the same one server running the application server and the DB, but we still need the comfort of a local sandbox playground and in-dependency from being online or in the office. Certainly I do not advocate island development leading to a different codebase and varying DB’s. But after the tutorial you will agree with me our solution is a reasonable approach.

Our approach: We create a virtual server (with VirtualBox) that everyone is running on his/her desktop and also one instance on a central server. One team-member is responsible to create so-called raw virtual images of the server and documents new versions that are deployed to each desktop. Each team-member does nothing but starting the guest Server in VirtualBox (Glassfish and PostreSQL autostarting) and immediately can connect with Netbeans and pgadmin to AS and DB.

Virtual Ubuntu 9.10 Server

Not all developers are familar with setting up Ubuntu Server and VirtualBox, so I compiled this tutorial as a walk-through the necessary steps to get you started witthout knowing too much about  the OS nitty-gritty stuff. You want to concentrate on creating your application, not learning to hack the operating system (even I recommend to know as much as possible on Linux).
A remark on the naming: Your desktop or Notebook running VirtualBox is the HOST and the server or OS you run in the virtual machine is the GUEST.

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News: Virtualbox, PostgreSQL

3 more application join the release-fever spreading the last few days:

  • Virtualbox
    Now available in release 3.0 offering experimental support for DirectX 8 and 9, supporting Open GL 2.0. Plus quite a number of bugfixes. The continuous train of update releases is really amazing for a freely available product (for private use though). Download and changelog at (link)
  • PostgrSQL
    After 1 year of development the version 8.4 is ready for download. Find all the details and the download at (link)
  • pgAdmin
    And along comes the latest version 1.10.0 of the PostgrSQL administration tool pgAdmin. Download and Info at (link).

How to install PostgreSQL on OpenSolaris

The installation is not straight forward as a double-click “setup.exe” on Windows. I summarized the steps to get a running PostgreSQL 8.3.x installation on OpenSolaris 2008.11. All done using a terminal session. Commands to execute in green.

  1. Login or open terminal as root user.
  2. pkg install SUNWpostgr-83-server
  3. pkg install SUNWpostgr-83-client
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