OpenESB @ JavaDeus
By jason on Jun 20, 2008
Yesterday was the Austrian Developer Day - JavaDeus. It was a good event with about 450 attendees, not to mention the free beer, dinner, and giant outdoor screen to watch the euro2008 qtr final after the technical sessions had finished. Plenty of Sun technology on show with JavaFX, DTrace, SunSPOTs, Alexis doing his Glassfish spiel, and also one of the MySQL engineers, Kay, doing some sessions.
The OpenESB session went well with a full room of developers and also a couple of JavaCAPS users who were interested in new capabilities. I combined the introductory presentation and demonstration into a single session and also showed off some of the Fuji technology being prototyped for OpenESB v3.
The session before mine was also interesting with a former Sun employee discussing the integration concepts used by Mule2 and SCA (as realised in Tuscany). Combined with the OpenESB session it showed that many of the concepts are analogous (though not equivalent) across all these infrastructures, though the implementations vary in their approach to in-built mediation support, tooling, pluggability, and vendor independence.
The OpenESB tooling really stood out and, though Mule currently has more out of the box mediation capabilities, the Integration Flow Language of Fuji certainly looks like a very flexible alternative. The technology preview shows a lot of promise and IFL generated the most interest amongst people with some experience with integration middleware.