Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

FISL 2009 Speaker Certificate

Received a "certificate of attendance as speaker" for recently concluded FISL 10.

This is sweet, thanks FISL organizers! It certainly adds a personal touch to the whole experience.

I don't remember receiving a personal certificate like this :)

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Monday Jun 29, 2009

FISL 2009 Wrapup - 3 talks, 1 talk show, 14 blogs, 10 videos, 275 pics, 2 GlassFish production stories

FISL 2009
wrapped up over the weekend. Even though the conference officially ended on Saturday but the connections made there will certainly allow us to continue all the great momentum. The conference celebrates open source and it was certainly great to see Federal Government and Banks with their booths in the exhibitor halls. The visit by Brazilian President Lula certainly highlights the importance of this conference to the local community. There were booths from Debian, Firefox, Ubuntu and other major open source softwares. Some commercial vendors had a booth as well and of course Sun Microsystems had a big presence with GlassFish, Open Solaris, NetBeans, MySQL and other offerings.

I delivered 3 talks and participated in 1 talk show:
  • Java EE 6 (slides) & Enterprise Features of GlassFish (slides)
  • Creating powerful web applications using GlassFish, MySQL and NetBeans/Eclipse slides
  • Continuous Integration using Hudson (slides)
  • Simon Phipps Talk Show
This blog featured 14 blogs, 10 videos, 275 pictures and 2 GlassFish production stories over the past week. The collage is created from some of the pictures:

FISL 2009 Collage (click to see larger version)

Click on the collage to see a larger version. The complete photo album is available at:

A playlist of all the 10 videos is below:

And now all the 14 blog entries ...
Over all, thoroughly enjoyed the Brazilian spirit and looking forward to next visit!

Many thanks to the Sun Brazil team, especially Bruno Souza, Mauricio Leal, Eduardo Lima, Vitorio Sassi and other Campus Ambassadors!

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Wednesday Jun 24, 2009

FISL 2009 Day 1 Report

I presented on "Creating powerful web applications using GlassFish, MySQL and NetBeans/Eclipse" as the first talk of FISL 10 yesterday. The room was only partial full being the first talk of FISL but got packed towards the middle so that was exciting. The slides are available here.

The key message is that NetBeans and Eclipse provide a seamless development/deployment environment for GlassFish.

The several demos shown in the talk are explained at:
And you can find a lot more information on the Portuguese TheAquarium.

The soccer balls at the Sun booth in the pavilion were quite a hit as evident by the video below:

Come by again at Sun booth until the end of conference to get one for yourself :)

There were booths from Debian, Gnome, Firefox, Fedora and a host of other open source projects. There were community booths from local Java User Groups, Linux User Group, Open Solaris User Group and similar efforts. Some government and financial companies that heavily use/promote open source products were also present. And then there were other commercial vendors as well!

Some attendees were playing musical instruments to the local tunes which added to the festive atmosphere in the exhibitor floor. Enjoy the video below:

The day ended with great food at Na Brasa Churrascaria, love the caipirinhas!

Here are some pictures from Day 1:

This is the 10th anniversary of FISL and so here is the timline over the past years as shown in the exhibitor pavilion:

And the evolving album:

See you in few hours at the FISL.

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Tuesday Jun 16, 2009

GlassFish swimming to FISL, Brazil

FISL stands for "Forum Internacional Software Livre" in the Portuguese language and means "International Free Software Forum" in the English language. The punch line is "A technologia que liberta" and means "The technology that liberates".

This is the biggest event about free software in America and was attended by 7417 participants in 2008.

Just like "Freedom of Speech" is a basic human right, "Freedom of Software" is a basic right for the technology evolution. GlassFish gives you the freedom:
  • To Pick your own framework: Java EE, Ruby-on-Rails, Python/Django, Groovy/Grails, or any other
  • Choose your IDE: NetBeans, Eclipse, IntelliJ and others.
  • Over properietary Application Servers by providing highly reliable and production quality features like
    • Clustering/Load balancing
    • Secure, Reliable, and Transactional, and .NET-interoperable Web services stack (Metro)
    • Easy-to-use web-based administration console along with a powerful CLI
    in an open source world.
  • Offers dual open-source license (CDDL or GPL v2 w/ CPE)
Similarly NetBeans allows you to create Java, Ruby, Python, Groovy, PHP, C/C++, JavaScript, Java EE, Mobile, REST/SOAP, and a variety of applications. Eclipse also provides an open development platform comprised of extensible frameworks, tools and runtimes for building, deploying and managing software across the lifecycle. MySQL is the world's most popular open source database.

Together, GlassFish, NetBeans/Eclipse, and MySQL liberates you from the vendor lock-in by offering you a compelling choice.

At FISL 10, learn how GlassFish, NetBeans/Eclipse, and MySQL provide a powerful feature-rich yet easy to use platform for developing/deploying your web applications. The complete details about the session are available here. I plan to show multiple demos during the talk that you may find useful in your regular work.

Where ? Porto Alegre, Brazil
When ? Jun 24-27, 2009

Click on the map below for coordinates of the venue:

Join the Facebook Group or follow on Twitter @fisl10.

Close to 6000 attendees have registered for FISL so far and am definitely looking forward to feel/enjoy the Brazilian spirit.

To Brazil, Capirinhas, Guaranas, Churascarias, Beaches ... La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La La

Drop a comment if you are interested in a meal or run together :)

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Monday Jun 15, 2009

GlassFish at Eclipse Demo Camps Galileo 2009 - Jun 17th

What is an Eclipse Demo Camp ?

The Eclipse DemoCamps are an opportunity to showcase all of the cool interesting technology being built by the Eclipse community. They are also an opportunity for you to meet Eclipse enthusiasts in your city.

The GlassFish team will showcase the seamless integration with Eclipse. Several blog entries are already available at glassfish+eclipse.

Do you know:
  • GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse provide Eclipse 3.4.2 with Java EE support, GlassFish v 2.1 + GlassFish v3 pre-registered/configured, with commercial support
  • GlassFish v3 Preview can be added
  • Screencast #28 shows how develop/debug a web application using Eclipse and GlassFish
  • TOTD #66 shows how to install GlassFish plugin in an existing Eclipse install
  • Eclipse Galileo can be used for GlassFish development/deployment, use "" as the udpate site.
Meet us in person and hear the glory:

When ? Jun 17th, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where ? Oracle Headquarters, Redwood Shores

Complete details here.

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Thursday May 21, 2009

TOTD #83: Eclipse Tools Bundle for GlassFish 1.0 - Now Available!

The GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse 1.0 is now available.

An earlier blog entry explains how to get started using this bundle.

If you used an earlier version (0.99.x) of this bundle, then an upgrade is not supported. However backwards compatibility will be maintained going forward!

Here are some pointers to get you started:
Enjoy and send us feedback at

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Thursday Apr 09, 2009

LOTD #20: How to create a JPA application using GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse ?

Here is a great screencast (from the community) that shows how to create a JPA application using EclipseLink and deploy on GlassFish v2.1 - all using GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse.

Click on the image below for the video:


I'll work on a MySQL version of it :)

All previous links in this series are archived at LOTD.

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Thursday Mar 26, 2009

GlassFish Interview with Ian Skerrett at EclipseCon 2009

I had an opportunity to be interviewed by Ian Skerrett at EclipseCon 2009, see the recording below (originally published):

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And here is a snapshot:

And then you can always read about Day 3 and Day 2 summary of Eclipse Con. Check out the GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse or screencast #28 if you already have an Eclipse installation.

Also read about GlassFish/Eclipse bundle at InfoQ.

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Wednesday Mar 25, 2009

EclipseCon 2009 Day 3 Summary

Attended the keynote session Building Applications for the Cloud with Amazon at EclipseCon 2009, Day 3 (day 2 here). Here are some brag points about Amazon Web Services gathered from the session:
  • 88 million customers, operated in 7 countries, data centers all around the world, core competency externalized for customers, pay-as-you-go model.
  • AWS Elastic Compute Cloud has 2 components:
    • Compute EC2: Rent by the hour, spin up/dial down based upon the need.
    • Storage S3: Access from anywhere with fairly low latency
  • Some simple primitives like SimpleDB (database), Simple Queue Service (messaging), Cloud Front (content delivery), Flexible Payments Service (payments), Mechanical Turk (on-demand workforce) on top of Compute & Storage.
  • 1/2 millon registered developers on AWS
  • 40 billion objects stories in S3 (4 times growth in last year)
  • Animoto case study:  Growth from 40 to 5000 instance after launching facebook application
  • AWS Principles: Reliable, Scalable, Low-latency, Flexible, Easy-to-use, Inexpensive
  • AWS Usage: Web site/Application hosting, Media distribution, Storage, Backup, Disaster Recovery, Financial apps, High-performance computing, Software development/testing
SmugMug CEO shared their usage of EC2 and S3 for SkyNet (fka Rubberband):
  • Millions of photos/day
  • BIG photos, upto 24MB, 48mpix
  • 40+ terapixels processed/day
  • Peaky traffic on holidays/weekend (elastic)
  • Full HD processing: 1920 x 1080p
  • No capital costs, Elastic, Better taxes: No depreciation & amortization
  • Totally autonomous, make a decision (roughly once a minute) to turn on/off a worker, takes into consideration approx 50+ inputs such as historical data, type of job, queue status, recent activity
And then was the fun part where AWS Toolkit for Eclipse was announced. It was pretty cool to deploy a web application (JSPWiki in this case) to a local server and then the same application to a Tomcat cluster on EC2. And you can even debug after attaching to a running instance as well. Pretty cool! And it was certainly exciting to know that GlassFish is already on their roadmap :)

And then I spent rest of the day talking to attendees and preparing this blog! The GlassFish beanies were a huge hit all around the floor and we also distributed Hudson stickers.

Here are some pictures of Day 3:

And the complete photo album below:

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Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

EclipseCon 2009 Day 2 in Pictures

Here are some pictures I took at EclipseCon earlier today:

Meet us at the Sun booths in EclipseCon and learn all the goodness about GlassFish, GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse, Open Solaris, and Java FX! And we got nice schwag too ;)

And the evolving photo album below:

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