OpenESB in Wonderland

A large part of my job is spent travelling around Europe doing customer workshops on OpenESB and JavaCAPS. While its interesting to see so many different projects, it also results in a lot of dead time sitting in planes, taxis, and hotels. As Tim Bray notes, sometimes the Work/Travel Ratio isn't good for anyone. So I started looking at Project Wonderland as a way to do things remotely, when it makes sense to do so, but with more interaction than remote desktops and tools like WebEx

If you haven't heard about Wonderland, you can imagine it as a private version of SecondLife but with lots of additional features for workplace collaboration. For instance:

  • directional audio and softphones for communication between avatars
  • virtual conference phones for people to dial in and out to the real word
  • video conference abilities using external cameras
  • in-world Video and PDF Viewer application
  • a Cone Of Silence for private conversations (and a bonus for anyone who grew up watching Get Smart)
  • and, most importantly for our goal, the ability to run and share applications between avatars in the world

As a proof-of-concept I modified the default virtual world that comes with Wonderland to provide a virtual workshop environment for OpenESB and JavaCAPS. Then I invited some other Sun guys in the field to come and test it out. Sebastien, Louis, Mark, and myself are distributed throughout Europe but we were all able to join the server and share the OpenESB design-time and run-time environments to simulate a virtual workshop environment.

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Check out our poorly acted example workshop below. Note: the camtasia recording seems to have made the audio a bit crackly in places. The live audio is much better than what is reproduced in the screencast

As a proof-of-concept it worked quite well. Now we can trial it with some guinea pigs customers, perhaps use it as a way of supporting more attendees at the JavaCAPS Horizons event, or maybe even make pre-packaged workshop environments for customers with distributed development teams.


hi jason,

this looks really promising for doing webcasts ;-)
when audio is really ok as you mentioned..

regards chris

Posted by Christian Brennsteiner on August 27, 2008 at 04:27 AM CEST #

Thanks. Next time we will use the Audio Recorder which comes with Wonderland. Louis' voice is definitely much lower than it was "live" and there was none of that extra noise which is evident in the camtasia rendering.

Unfortunately there was nothing I could do to cancel out my nasal aussie accent :)

Posted by Hi Chris on August 27, 2008 at 04:57 AM CEST #

Hi Jason.

I have an online community for Educators and Universities interested in working in Wonderland for teaching, learning and research. The OpenESB/Wonderland work would be very interesting to our group and I was wondering if you might be interested in sharing these ideas in our group?

Campus integration via OpenESB to real-time data feeds as well as to enterprise apps like learning systems, student systems and digital repositories is of great interest and I am sure we can develop a test case to support your ideas.

Thanks very much. Great stuff.

Posted by kevin on August 27, 2008 at 10:43 PM CEST #

My comment is more a question
can you give me an estimation of the number of openesb customers at this time ?
Thanks for your attention

Posted by Michel Habert on September 23, 2008 at 08:56 AM CEST #

hi michael,

i think it is not possible to count them since this is open source.. you might make an estimation of nr of downloads at amximum ...

regards chris

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