Monday May 05, 2008

CommunityOne session on JavaFX Script and GlassFish app clients presented - and nicely received

A short while ago I finished presenting the CommunityOne session on JavaFX Script and GlassFish to a gratifyingly large audience.  I was also pleasantly surprised that so many of the attendees had worked with app clients (although, admittedly, the population was somewhat self-selecting given the topic!).  I ran a little long but there were still some patient developers with interesting questions afterwards. 

In a departure (for me) from most previous formal sessions I've done, this one included a live demo, including creating some web services from scratch for GlassFish to host and building pieces of an app client that referred to those web services.  Although I showed some of the JavaFX Script code Josh Marinacci had written I didn't alter any of it!  Luckily it all ran very smoothly.

Josh did a lot of work in a short period to pull together the JavaFX part of the demo which turned out very slick.  I held up the GlassFish server-side and app client pieces.  We plan to do a bit of clean-up and then publish a screencast or the source code or both.  Stay tuned for a pointer once it's ready.

Monday Apr 28, 2008

Closing in on JavaOne 2008

Back to JavaOne next week!

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Friday Oct 19, 2007

Midwest Java Technology Days - Chicago event

I spent yesterday at Sun's Midwest Java Technology Days event in Chicago (actually, Rosemont, a suburb right next to O'Hare).  I live and work in the Chicago area and the Sun marketing folks who ran the event were nice enough to let me attend.  I had a chance to attend some of the sessions and talk informally to several individuals and small groups about GlassFish.  As a software engineer (with a checkered past that includes stints as a consultant and university instructor as well as a software engineer and architect) I usually find it refreshing, humbling, and encouraging to spend time with people actually using the sort of software I work on , and yesterday was no exception.

One very interesting conversation I had was with a project manager who wanted to know how open source projects really work.  From his point of view as someone who might consider using open source software in a project for one of his clients. (I answered from my experience on GlassFish, not that this makes me much of an expert.)

  • How to ensure quality of the code in the project. (Require clean unit test runs and peer review before changes go into the repository.  Run automated builds and tests.  Promote thoroughly-tested weekly builds and releases we do on GlassFish.) 
  • What kind of support can people in his position get for open source projects.  (No-cost advice from the community and paid product support from a vendor like Sun.)

(It was far less of a sales pitch than I just made it sound like; I really enjoyed that conversation.)

One developer who had downloaded GlassFish wanted to know how to do something specific that would be equivalent to what he was doing with another app server.  Luckily for me, GlassFish does what he wanted and I was able to point him in the right direction.  Maybe the most rewarding single moment of the day for me was when this developer left our conversation clearly very excited about working much more with GlassFish.

In case anyone I met with reads this, many thanks for taking the time to talk.

Tuesday Oct 16, 2007

Style Change

I decided that the old style, though eye-catching, was just too hard to read.  I have also added a hit counter that is embarrassingly low (I tell myself this is because I have only just now added it and it will go up quickly.)

Wednesday Mar 14, 2007

Specifying icon and splash images for Java Web Start launches of app clients

Java Web Start allows the developer to specify his or her own files to use for the icon and splash screen images. The GlassFish support for launching app clients using Java Web Start now allows the app client developer the same ability.

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