Java EE 6 pulled crowd at Austin JUG
By arungupta on Feb 01, 2012
I delivered a NetBeans-driven Java EE 6 session to about 80+ attendees at the Austin JUG yesterday. The session built a typical three-tier Web application using the new/updated technologies in the Java EE 6 platform. I was told this is one of the largest attendance seen at the JUG in recent months. Java EE 6 is indeed a crowd puller ;-)
Rob Ratcliff, the JUG leader, started with a great overview of "Whats new in Java" covering recent JDK update releases, Java FX 2.1 Developer Preview for Mac and Linux, Java EE 6 and WebLogic 12c, NetBeans 7.1 and other stuff. His complete slides are available here. I was fortunate to speak at the JUG because an informal survey of the attendees showed that nobody attends (or plan to attend) a conference in the coming months.
During my session, the highly interactive attendees learned about NetBeans wizard-driven Java EE 6 application development. Here are some of the features that were demonstrated in the talk:
- Improvements in Java Persistence API
- "web.xml"-free and annotation-driven Servlets
- Simplified packaging of EJBs in a WAR file, no-interface and
single file definition of EJB
- Session preservation across redeploys
- Facelets (XHTML/CSS) as templating language for JavaServer Faes to achieve true MVC
- Integration of Bean Validation with JPA and JSF
- Typesafe dependency injection and Producer/Observer of events using CDI
- RESTful resources using JAX-RS
The application was built using NetBeans and deployed on
GlassFish. This same application can be easily deployed on
WebLogic 12c as well since it is full Java EE 6-compliant as well
now. The complete instructions for NetBeans/GlassFish are
instructions for NetBeans/WebLogic will be made available shortly
Check out some pictures from the JUG visit ...
A tweet like the one below definitely make the quick trip worth it ...
The formal JUG session was followed by a beer-a-thon (lemonade-a-thon for me ;-) at BJs.
Some interesting facts about Austin ...
- Michael Dell (chairman and CEO of Dell) lives in Austin, Dell worldwide headquarters are in Austin.
- Lance Armstrong is from Austin.
- Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, and Brad Pitt has homes in Austin.
- Whole Foods chain started and headquartered in Austin. I was lucky enough to squeeze time out for a lunch with a colleague at one of their stores in this less-than-24-hour visit to Austin.
- Keep Austin Weird
Next stop is Reykjavik (Iceland), Stockholm (Sweden) and Umeå (Sweden), more on that later ...