mardi avr. 13, 2010

A small list of reactions to James' departure

• The inevitable (but profoundly silly) "Java is dead" (talios)
• The pragmatic (!) "it'll leave room for us youngsters" (in French)
• Somewhat cynic "Oracle is helping LOTS of companies with ex-Sun's :-)" (oemilio)
"Gosling leaving: big symbolic impact; no practical impact. As "father of Java", he was an absent father. (Nothing wrong with that)" (Osvaldo)
• Quite fair article (eWeek)
Hani's "What's the big deal about Gosling leaving Oracle? He didn't actually do anything at Sun beyond be a mascot I thought?"
"Many people stress that James Gosling was the father of Java, when obviously his greatest contribution was Gosling Emacs :D" (Berto)
"Gosling GCd?" (Tom Stenstrom)
• And to the non-Java developers searching for Gosling - "Who the hell is Ryan Gosling?" ;)

Roller (the engine powering blogs.sun.com and now James' new blog) seems to have held up pretty well to the news and the /.'ing until Monday! Overall most people thank James for what he's done and what he's been throughout those 15 years. This is probably the best thing to do because as frankly I think even James doesn't know what comes next (I certainly haven't read anything plausible).

James now has an updated post on what comes next (nothing concrete at this point).

samedi avr. 10, 2010

Thank you James

With James Gosling leaving the company it's the end of something. James is really a true nice guy and he will be missed by many. Good luck to him for whatever comes next. Thanks for the inspiration James! Many would have had a very different career/life if it wasn't for Java.

vendredi avr. 09, 2010

TechDays St. Petersburg 2010, a quick recap

I have now participated to several Tech Days in Saint Petersburg and it's impressive to see the constant growth in attendance (4000+ participants this year!) and interest for Java EE and GlassFish. It's getting harder every year to get off the stage with the number of people asking questions ;)

On the first day I made my way into the "technology showcase" demos right before the keynote to show GlassFish v3 update center and development features (basically a combination of this and that). Unfortunately James couldn't make it so Octavian Tanase, VP of client Java develpoment (I hope I'm getting his title right) delivered a Java (SE, VM, JavaFX) keynote, leaving the server-side part to Oracle's Dennis Leung on the next day. Jerome then presented in the main room in front of about a thousand people about where we are with GlassFish and as expected could leave the room for a while after the talk given all the questions.

Later on the first day I had two back-to-back sessions on Java EE 6, using the same approach as in Devoxx, jFokus and other JUG events, based on code and demos from beginningee6.kenai.com (slides: part 1, part 2). The final part on CDI was taken care of by Jerome on the next day. The keynote on the second day was almost as packed as for the opening one and was delivered by Dennis Leung, Oracle VP of software development. This one was more focused on Java EE, evolution and modularity of the platforms, a demo by Jerome (with some French humor), some very nice words on GlassFish being rock-solid, and closing with the Oracle value-adds such a TopLink, Coherence and the larger WebLogic-based Fusion Middleware application grid offering.

From the few local people I talked to it seems that Dennis' talk was well accepted and it was certainly quite effective to have an Oracle exec speaker deliver messages such as "we take the stewardship for Java role very seriously" or the GlassFish Roadmap. Maybe the most important thing for me was that after all this event was not so much different from the previous Sun-led TechDays.

jeudi sept. 17, 2009

Thoughts on REST-\*

OK, I really need more than 140 characters for this one (plus it's been a while since I blogged opinions).
Of course, this is personal opinion, not my company's.

Many people have reacted to JBoss' solo launch of REST-\*. What I'm concerned about is the approach, not the technology and specifications (I'm probably not the best person to comment on that part).

For one, having rest-star.org redirect to a jboss.org web site is a "bad thing" (tm). JBoss being the only participant is also not giving the underlying technical effort a lot of chance to become a commonly accepted standard, and that's a pity.

Over on twitter, my colleague Jason sent me this sensible analysis which also questions the approach taken while finding some merits to the technical parts.

Mighty Roy is simply bashing and swinging at the proposal calling for . But then not many people get his blessing from day one.

Rickard Oberg is pointing out that JBoss has a interesting track record in terms driving the project (too bad the last paragraph on his affiliation to JBoss is actually taking some credit off of that assertion).

Contrary to what Haikal says, JBoss is not late to REST with their very decent JAX-RS implementation and their participation in the standardization effort. In fact, I'm not convinced by the SpringSource excuse (SpringMVC legacy) for not implementing this API.

Getting beyond all this criticism, it's rare enough to have people offer to do actual work to demolish it like Anne Thomas is doing. I've been with Sun for too long to throw away the baby with the bath water..

If someone wants to contribute standards, OASIS, W3C, or IETF is where it should happen. Granted you'll be better off starting from some specification or even better yet from a successful implementation (and you may end up not being able to call it REST-anything), but declaring REST-\* to the world and making it a one company thing sounds like a marketing mistake to me.

jeudi mars 19, 2009

Recent JCP interview on JavaWorld podcast

Andrew Glover's latest JavaWorld interview is a discussion with Patrick Curran the chair of the JCP. Patrick does a good job explaining where the organization stands and what it's doing about the typical concerns raised by the community. He also has some interesting figures and statistics I had not heard before.

Andrew does a good job conducting those interviews. It takes work to get to this result. Been there done that.

vendredi févr. 20, 2009

CommunityOne Olso - April 15th 2009 - Call for Papers

The CommunityOne conference is said to be heading East to New York (March 18 - 19, 2009) and West to San Francisco (June 1 - 3, 2009), so I'm not sure what direction it's heading when going to Olso...
Update: the site is online (has been a little while in fact): http://no.sun.com/communityone

So there it is : CommunityOne Oslo is happening on April 15th 2009 and the call for papers is open. Simply a 150-word (max) abstract to CommunityOne-Oslo-AT-sun.com. The keynote speaker will be Ian Murdock, now Vice President of Cloud Computing Strategy at Sun.

Suggested topics include :
• Development and deployment in the cloud and virtualization
• Social networks and Web 2.0 trends
• RIAs, scripting, and tools
• Dynamic languages, databases, and Web and application servers
• Open-source projects, business models, and trends
• And more

I understand this will be held in the heart of Oslo in a very nice place and that there will be a (social) GlassFish get together at some point in the day.

jeudi déc. 11, 2008

OpenSolaris 2008.11

I've installed OpenSolaris 2008 11 (now declared as final) twice on VirtualBox (Mac and PC hosts) and once on the bare metal (a Toshiba laptop). Installs worked very smoothly (with the exception of a small Grub glitch in the later case), the UI is polished, the Update tool is more reactive (we use a very similar version in GlassFish v3 Prelude), as explained previously GlassFish v2 is on the repository and v3 will be there in the future.

ZFS is the primary filesystem and its first nice feature is that you don't notice it. The second is the Time Slider capabilities which you can see for yourself here in Erwann's short screencast. Power management seems to be greatly improved (too early to confirm). On the down side, there's still some time to boot (clearly not an issue with VirtualBox) or even shutdown. Roman's 12-minute screencast is another nice intro.

If you're an OS freak regularly trying out releases of Fedora, SuSE, Ubuntu, etc., you should try OpenSolaris.

mardi sept. 09, 2008

SDPY - IBM joins OpenOffice

Huge but long overdue (2007)
A year ago, IBM was finally joining the OpenOffice community. From where I stand, I can't comment on what has really happened, but I can say that the work on OOo 3.0, the new license and the the aqua port, and add-ons like the Presenter screen are all looking very good (not that any of that really has to do with IBM AFAIK).

vendredi mai 02, 2008

VirtualBox 1.6 with Solaris and Mac love

VirtualBox 1.6 is out. Check out this blog for the details.
Clearly the Solaris Guest Additions and the MacOS support are big additions.
I also need to check the new Web Services support will JAX-WS/Metro.

mercredi avr. 30, 2008

Bike the bridge this Sunday

FYI, this coming Sunday morning, a bunch of Europeans are going for a "Bike the Bridge" tour right before the GlassFish un-conference.

I wasn't sure I emailed everyone so this is a reminder to a broader audience.
Meeting is at 9:30am at Fisherman's Wharf. Send me an email or leave a message if you'd like to join.

Oh, and if you're a local, you can join too, some people just felt it was too much of a tourist thing to do ;)

mercredi avr. 02, 2008

EMEA TechTalk on GlassFish et NetBeans

Starting now.
Update: about 100 attendees and something like 120 questions. Thanks to everyone who showed up! Transcript to follow.

mardi févr. 12, 2008

Sun to acquire VirtualBox creator Innotek

This really sounds like a late Christmas! I am very excited about mySQL but this new VirtualBox/InnoTek acquisition is also very nice as I've been a happy user for a little while to run recent Solaris SXDE builds on various guest OS's.

More on Steve Wilson's blog.

lundi janv. 21, 2008

Grenoble Software Event Report

I'm back from our Grenoble Sun & Partner Software Event. The attendance was fairly high with 190 (initial goal was 100) from 20 European countries. Attendees seemed to enjoy the presentations, the interactions with the speakers and the overal networking (of course, having this event in the heart of the French Alps was enjoyed by many). Kudos to Dominique for driving the effort for the overall event!

A lot of people (mainly partners) realized how much progress GlassFish has made and how competitive it's become wrt commercial products (in addition to Open Source competitors). My presentation slides are available here.

During the GlassFish breakout session we had some interesting discussion about whether Tomcat was competition to GlassFish or not (I think it is). One partner even questioned the future of Tomcat given what he considers as its lack of corporate backing. Others had more advanced questions related to their use of GlassFish in production (connection pools' ability to cope with failing database, ability to update default web apps deployed at the root web context) as well as some naming suggestions ;)

Of course, we also discussed the BEA acquisition by Oracle as well as the MySQL announcement. The overall impression was that both were very good news for Sun. Weblogic is a great product but the acquisition has Gartner's Pezzini suggesting postponing investment in BEA (FR_fr) for the moment. MySQL is seen as an ideal complement to GlassFish although the price paid, and previous investments to PostgreSQL or JavaDB were expressed as concerns. Jonathan's latest "Vortex" and Josh Berkus' blogs explain how this is only a validation of the Open Source Database previous investments. I don't believe databases can be compared to application servers anyhow and mySQL/JavaDB/postgreSQL sounds like a perfect combinaison to cover the full spectrum. Finally, while I like the "Oracle is buying the past while Sun is investing in the future", that too is over simplified.

There was also GlassFish-related content from Roman, Jason, and others (identity).

Paul Sandoz being local he obviously presented on REST/JAX-RS/Jersey and looking at the surveys, he was \*very\* successful in getting interest from the majority of participants. His presentation was a nice combination of REST concepts, JAX-WS introduction and Jersey demos.

I had a very nice diner with Paul and Roman Strobl with local Fondue. Roman failed to join OpenDS's Ludovic Poitou and myself on the next day for skying but his fellow Czech citizen Kamil (a GlassFish and NetBeans happy camper) didn't. Best snow and weather in a long time!

Overal, a great experience for what really seemed to be a Sun & Friends Software User Group event.
(event photos courtesy of Ludo)

lundi janv. 07, 2008

Grenoble Software Event is next week

The Grenoble Software Event at the Sun R&D facility is next week and there are a few places left (mainly for days 3&4). The event is for Sun engineers and CSI's. Attendance is free. Registration by simply sending a mail to gec-event-AT-sun.com.

Anyone up for skying on the Saturday after the event?

jeudi nov. 29, 2007

BSC welcomes DSC

docs.sun.com now has a blog on blogs.sun.com. Not a support website, but certainly a place for comments and suggestions to make it a better service (it's come a loooong way already).

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