Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Talking JavaOne with Rock Star Raghavan Srinivas

Raghavan Srinivas, affectionately known as “Rags,” is a two-time JavaOne Rock Star (from 2005 and 2011) who, as a Developer Advocate at Couchbase, gets his hands dirty with emerging technology directions and trends. His general focus is on distributed systems, with a specialization in cloud computing. He worked on Hadoop and HBase during its early stages, has spoken at conferences world-wide on a variety of technical topics, conducted and organized Hands-on Labs and taught graduate classes.

He has 20 years of hands-on software development and over 10 years of architecture and technology evangelism experience and has worked for Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Intuit and Accenture. He has evangelized and influenced the architecture of numerous technologies including the early releases of JavaFX, Java, Java EE, Java and XML, Java ME, AJAX and Web 2.0, and Java Security.

Rags will be giving these sessions at JavaOne 2012:
  • CON3570 -- Autosharding Enterprise to Social Gaming Applications with NoSQL and Couchbase
  • CON3257 -- Script Bowl 2012: The Battle of the JVM-Based Languages (with Guillaume Laforge, Aaron Bedra, Dick Wall, and Dr Nic Williams)


Rags emphasized the importance of the Cloud: “The Cloud and the Big Data are popular technologies not merely because they are trendy, but, largely due to the fact that it's possible to do massive data mining and use that information for business advantage,” he explained.

I asked him what we should know about Hadoop. “Hadoop,” he remarked, “is mainly about using commodity hardware and achieving unprecedented scalability. At the heart of all this is the Java Virtual Machine which is running on each of these nodes. The vision of taking the processing to where the data resides is made possible by Java and Hadoop.”

And the most exciting thing happening in the world of Java today? “I read recently that Java projects on github.com are just off the charts when compared to other projects. It's exciting to realize the robust growth of Java and the degree of collaboration amongst Java programmers.”

He encourages Java developers to take advantage of Java 7 for Mac OS X which is now available for download. At the same time, he also encourages us to read the caveats.

Originally published on blogs.oracle.com/javaone.

Monday Sep 17, 2012

Getting Started with Social Development Inside the Enterprise

We are all used to sharing our status, our ideas and pictures in a social way in our personal lives, but it seems strange to give that up when we come to work.  It’s clear that social functionality is is starting to enter the enterprise, from consumer-facing experiences to employee collaboration, but where does an enterprise developer start? At JavaOne, you'll have opportunity to learn about social functionality in enterprise applications in a special new multi-presentation session, Getting Started with Social Development Inside the Enterprise. You’ll learn what’s possible today with Java and social, and you'll be welcomed into Oracle Social Developer Community (OSDC). By the end of this session you’ll know:

  • Is Java an appropriate social development environment?
  • What other options are available?
  • What kind of application integrations are being done today?
  • Where can I connect with other enterprise social developers?
  • Where can I get help starting my first project?

This program will include a range of speakers from the social developer community:

Carmen Delassio – CTO,  Layercake
James Pearce – Facebook Developer Liason, Facebook
Peter Stern -  CEO, Bit.ly
Frederic Daurelle – Oracle Social Network, Oracle
Adam Trachtenberg  - Director of Developer Network, LinkedIn
Roland Smart – VP of Social Marketing, Oracle

The session will end with a hands-on hackathon to get you started.

In addition to Social Developer session at JavaOne, Oracle is starting the Oracle Social Developer Lab that will create tools and solutions that reduce barriers to getting started with social development. This group will start taking requests from the community during JavaOne and will let the community prioritize the projects that it takes on through a social application.  Roland Smart, Vice President of Social Marketing at Oracle, explains "The development community will play a critical role in driving the transformation to a socially-enabled enterprise. Oracle is committed to supporting --and engaging with--the social developer community. Please join us!"

Register for JavaOne to attend.

Originally published on blogs.oracle.com/javaone.

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