Back from behind the firewall

Hey ... remember me? The guy who promised to start blogging, did a couple of times, and then disappeared last fall? I'm ... um ... back :-)

Although I've had the opportunity to speak at more than a few conferences in the last ten months, I've been spending most of my time on two primary activities:

  • My day job -- architect for Sun Java Studio Creator, where we recently introducted Creator 2 Early Access. There is lots of interesting stuff going on here, but I couldn't talk about it until we went public.
  • My open source efforts -- where the beginnings of a new web application framework called Shale are starting to take shape. Shale is innovative in the web framework space because it presumes the existence of JavaServer Faces, and adds capability on top instead of redundantly implementing the same features.

Now that life is (relative to my normal madhouse) at point that isn't quite so frantic, it's time to get back into the blogging habit, and talk about these topics, plus other interesting things going on in the world of Java, and especially in the web tier. Things might get a little interesting in September, when I'm slated to go to both China and Argentina; but both of those occasions will have me talking with developers. That's always a useful endeavor.

To start things off, I'll shortly post a blog on a hidden gem in the Creator 2 EA release that hasn't gotten as much attention as some of the other features.

Craig

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