We’ve been working on a lot of things this past year and one of them was a big update of Holodeck B2B. This major update introduces a lot of internal changes, of which the following are most interesting to users:
You can now define the service type to be used in the P-Mode. This saves having to define the service type for every submitter.
We’ve upgraded to Java 11. And although Holodeck B2B was already very fast and resource-efficient, we’ve improved resource management even further.
Most importantly this release includes a new, extended API. We’ve added new interfaces for delivery of message units to the back-end. There is now also support for a-synchronous delivery of messages and for redelivery. This major update means that when updating Holodeck B2B you will also need to update all extensions and connectors that you use. If you’ve created your own extensions to Holodeck B2B, you will also have to update these.
You can find the full list of changes in the Changelog, also included in the download.
Holodeck B2B 5.0 is out and these are the changes we’d like to highlight.
Although Holodeck B2B is back end software, we thought that system admins would appreciate a quick and easy way to monitor the gateway without referring to the business system logs. That’s why we’ve added two user interfaces to Holodeck B2B. With these UI’s, gateway admins can monitor message status and check gateway configuration.
Command line UI: Overviews of P-Modes, Certificates, Message status and Message history are included. Run the tool without entering a parameter for a list of all available functions. Graphic UI: lets you quickly see how your gateway is configured in a graphical interface. You’ll find an overview of the UI functions available in the documentation.
We’d love to hear what you think of the new UI and if there is anything else you’d like to be able to monitor. Let us know through our contact form or our social media!
2-way Asynchronous messaging
You can now specify a 2-way Async message exchange in 1 single P-Mode for simpler gateway configuration. This increases the ways in which you can manage P-Modes.
We are continuously making Holodeck B2B more modular and flexible. This release, we’ve added a new separate Certificate Manager to Holodeck B2B. It manages trust validation of signing and encryption certificates, as well as more security configuration options. The default security manager supports OCSP validation. This is used in for example the Peppol network. You can now check the Peppol CA online to validate whether a certificate is still valid or has been revoked. In addition, the Certificate manager lets you implement your own certificate policies.
You can add a REST interface to your gateway for connecting with your back end system using our new REST extension.
And there’s more…
For a full overview of all changes, please consult the Changelog in the download.