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Following are the new and changed functionalities in Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3; read on.

Docker Support

Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 Support

New APIs and Tools for Application Development

Runtime Improvements

Manageability Improvements

Documentation Library Updates

Standards Support, Supported Configurations, and WebLogic Server Compatibility

Obtaining Information about Patch Set Updates

Deprecated Functionality (WebLogic Server 12c)

Removed Functionality (WebLogic Server 12c)

Learn more: https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/wls/NOTES/whatsnew.htm#NOTES107

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  1. Docker Support

Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 is now certified to run inside a Docker container. Docker is a Linux-based container technology that enables you to quickly create lightweight clustered and non-clustered WebLogic Server domain configurations on a single host OS or virtual machines, for either development or production environments.

As part of this certification, Oracle provides Docker files and supporting scripts for building images of Oracle WebLogic Server. These images are built as an extension of existing Oracle Linux images. These scripts and build images are available on GitHub at the following location:

https://github.com/oracle/docker/tree/master/OracleWebLogic

2) Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 Support

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 is integrated with other Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 products. Oracle Fusion Middleware is a comprehensive family of products ranging from application development tools and integration solutions to identity management, collaboration, and business intelligence reporting. For more information, see the Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 documentation library page at http://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/index.html.

3) New APIs and Tools for Application Development

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 provides support for selected new or updated APIs from Java EE 7, such as JAX-RS 2.0, Java API for JSON Processing (JSR 353), Java API for WebSocket (JSR 356), and JPA 2.1. These APIs and related capabilities simplify development of server applications accessed by “rich” clients using lightweight web-based protocols such as REST, WebSocket, and Server-Sent Events. Improvements to development tooling and open source support expand developer choices and simplify creation of development environments.

4) Runtime Improvements

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 builds on support from prior WebLogic Server versions to improve the reliability, availability, scalability and performance of WebLogic Server applications in clustered environments, when using new Oracle database features, in multi data center architectures, and on Exalogic Systems.

5) Manageability Improvements

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 continues to provide new management features which simplify the configuration, monitoring and ongoing management of WebLogic Server domains and applications. These new features are described in the following sections:

REST Resources for Server Management

Fusion Middleware Control

Global Policy Attachment Support

Security

Logging Enhancements

WebLogic Diagnostic Framework

WLST

Upgrade

New Configuration Features

Deployment Validation Plug-In Support

6) Documentation Library Updates

This table summarizes updates made to the WebLogic Server 12.1.3 documentation library since its initial release in June 2014
https://docs.oracle.com/middleware/1213/wls/NOTES/whatsnew.htm#NOTES406

7) Standards Support, Supported Configurations, and WebLogic Server Compatibility

The following sections describe WebLogic Server standards support, supported system configuration, and WebLogic Server compatibility:

Standards Support

Supported Configurations

Licensing Information

WebLogic Server Compatibility

Database Interoperability

Standards Support

WebLogic Server 12.1.3 supports the following standards and versions.

Java Standards

Web Services Standards

Other Standards

8) Obtaining Information about Patch Set Updates

Information about bug fixes and patch set updates for WebLogic Server is available at My Oracle Support. Refer to the following articles:

To learn more about known issues, refer to “Patch Set Update for WebLogic Server 12.1.3.0.4 Known Issues” in My Oracle Support note 2005626.1. To get access to these articles:

Log in to My Oracle Support at https://support.oracle.com/.

If you are a new user, you must register at this site to gain access to these articles.

In the search field at the upper right, enter the support document ID you wish to read.

9) Deprecated Functionality (WebLogic Server 12c)


Information about deprecated functionality for WebLogic Server 12c Release 2 can be found on My Oracle Support at https://support.oracle.com/. Search for “Deprecated Features” in the Search Knowledge Base field.

WebLogic Full Client
The WebLogic full client, wlfullclient.jar, is deprecated as of WebLogic Server 12.1.3.

Log4j
The use of Log4j with the WebLogic logging service, as an alternative to Java logging, is deprecated as of WebLogic Server 12.1.3. Note that Log4j 2 and later is not supported in WebLogic Server.

LogMBean.ServerLoggingBridgeUserParentLoggersEnabled Attribute
The ServerLoggingBridgeUserParentLoggersEnabled attribute on the LogMBean is deprecated as of WebLogic Server 12.1.3.

weblogic.Admin
The weblogic.Admin utility is deprecated in WebLogic Server 12.1.3 and will be removed in a future release.

weblogic.management.username and weblogic.management.password
As of WebLogic Server 12.1.1, the boot username and password system properties weblogic.management.username and weblogic.management.password have been deprecated and will be removed in a future release, and you will no longer be able to specify the username and password in the command for starting WebLogic Server in production mode.

As an alternative, Oracle recommends that you use the boot.properties file to specify the boot username and password for WebLogic Server. For more information about the boot.properties file, see “Boot Identity Files” in Administering Server Startup and Shutdown for Oracle WebLogic Server.

For information about other methods you can use to provide user credentials, see “Provide User Credentials to Start and Stop Servers” in Administering Server Startup and Shutdown for Oracle WebLogic Server.

Maven 11x Plug-In Deprecated
The weblogic-maven-plugin plug-in delivered in WebLogic Server 11g Release 1 is deprecated in this release. Oracle recommends that you instead use the WLS 12.1.2 Maven plug-in. See “Using the WebLogic Development Maven Plug-in” in Developing Applications for Oracle WebLogic Server for complete documentation.

JSP Tags for XML Processing
As of WebLogic Server 12.1.2, XSLT JSP tags and the WebLogic XSLT JSP Tag Library have been deprecated and will be removed in a future release. You can use JAXP to transform XML data. For more information, see “Transforming XML Documents” in Developing XML Applications for Oracle WebLogic Server.

weblogic.websocket and weblogic.websocket.annotation
As of WebLogic Server 12.1.3, the packages weblogic.websocket and weblogic.websocket.annotation are deprecated and will be removed in a future release. After these packages have been removed, you will no longer be able to use these packages for connections over the WebSocket protocol.

To ensure compatibility of your WebSocket applications with future releases of WebLogic Server, use the JSR 356 Java API for WebSocket instead of the deprecated packages.

For more information, including code examples, see “Using the WebSocket Protocol in WebLogic Server” in Developing Applications for Oracle WebLogic Server.

ActiveCache
ActiveCache is deprecated as of WebLogic Server 12.1.2.

Server Argument to WLST Diagnostics Commands
The Server argument to the following WLST diagnostics commands has been deprecated:

captureAndSaveDiagnosticImage

createSystemResourceControl

destroySystemResourceControl

disableSystemResource

enableSystemResource

listSystemResourceControls

The Server argument is being replaced by the Target argument. For more information, see “Diagnostics Commands” in WLST Command Reference for WebLogic Server.

10) Removed Functionality (WebLogic Server 12c)


Specifying the Logging Implementation in the Administration Console
As of WebLogic Server 12.1.3, Log4j is deprecated. Related, the functionality to set the logging implementation using the WebLogic Server Administration Console was removed. As a result, the task describing this functionality in the Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console Online Help, “Specify the logging implementation,” is no longer applicable.

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