Robust framework but a heavy and expensive one!
May 25, 2023

Robust framework but a heavy and expensive one!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Oracle WebLogic Application Server

We used this Applicational Server on our on-site infrastructure (production environment) and also in our local machines for development and testing purposes.
Although it is definitely a robust and complete framework with lots of options and configurations you can modify at your own needs, it is also a heavy application to run in your computer.
So we'd often deal with slowness in the build and deployment processes, especially with some IDE integrations such as Netbeans or InteliJ.
Even on our local servers, that deployment process was not always super smooth.
To top that up, we dealt with some security breaches raised with some versions of the framework, so we'd need to keep an eye for those security patches at all times (that was the most severe issue we've had).

  • Manual deploys works smoothly and quickly
  • Connection pools configuration it's simple do grasp and has lots of aditional options you can enable
  • Server management is also easy and quick to do
  • Access to logs is quite difficult to grasp, no direct Web access tool to see those
  • Difficult to install some security patches and even more difficult to figure out what's the problem and the proper solution (support articles are super restricted)
  • Server deals poorly with deadlock situations, no proper warnings are shown on the admin management application
  • It slowed the development process quite a few times
  • We could get help from support to deal with issues, that could be more difficult if we used a open framework
  • Support process wasn't always as quick and smooth as we thought
I wasn't involved in selecting the server we were using but in our team we've made some efforts to improve the local deployment process by trying some other Applicational servers too.
Apache Tomcat was a more lightweight solution for sure, and it coped well with our applications needs, configuration and performance wise.
Despite that, since we didn't got clearance to change that into our local servers, we kept using Weblogic to guarantee compliance between the testing environments and production.

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If you need to have complex options in place you can count on Weblogic to be a robust Applicational Server you can rely on.
But you would need to keep an eye on maintaining the framework updated quite frequently to avoid security breaches and subsequent severe situations.
If you don't have other infrastructure for test purposes, I wouldn't advise you on having devs and QA installing this heavy application in their local machines, there are other lightweight solutions that would be a better fit for that.

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