Friday Apr 08, 2011

April is Java month around the world

Next week will probably be one of the busiest week for Java conferences. There are many Java events scheduled this Spring (some reports here and there) with JavaEE/GlassFish often covered by various team and community members.

Here's a list of upcoming events :

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• April 11-13: JAX London - UK
• April 12-13: JavaOne Russia - Moscow
• April 12-14: CONFESS 2011 - Vienna, Austria
• April 12-13: QCon Tokyo, Japan
• April 14-15: Miracle Open World - Billunf, Denmark
• April 14: OTN Developer Day - Istanbul, Turkey
• April 14: Latvian Oracle User Group Conference - Riga, Latvia
• April 18-20: dnevi slovenske informatike - Portoro┼ż, Slovenia
• April 19-22: Great Indian Developer Summit - Bangalore, India

You can also visit the GlassFish Events Page.

Friday Mar 25, 2011

Sound bites from Silicon Valley - EclipseCon

Another week, another Java conference. EclipseCon was held earlier this week in Santa Clara and one of the highlights was the joint IBM/Oracle keynote with Oracle's Mark Reinhold and IBM's John Duimovich discussing the future of Java (7, 8 and 9) and common work in the OpenJDK project.

EclipseCon 2011

Other than the rather good press coverage, here are some not-so-random tidbits :

• Reinhold: "Twitter did not exist when last major JDK release shipped (2006)" (oracletechnet)
"Java 7 release date still July 28 2011" (ianskerrett)
• Duimovich of IBM: "IBM joined OpenJDK to drive innovation, collaboration, compatibility" (oracletechnet)
"The pace of innovation in the Java platform is going to get a lot better" (Mike Milinkovich)

Other JavaEE-related content included Sahoo's and Arun's "Developing OSGi-enabled Java EE Applications with GlassFish" tutorial (with full description and screencast), an update on Dali for Java EE 6, a session on the intersection between JPA, JAXB and JAX-RS and more.

Thursday Mar 17, 2011

Soundbites from Vegas - TSS Symposium

This week has TheServerSide Java Symposium 2011 conference running in Las Vegas and the tweets coming out of there are really informative and pretty spontaneous it seems. Here's a selection of them (mostly from @java and @oracletechnet) :


• From James Gosling's keynote: JDK7 "finally moving forward"; "rather pleased" about its contents (@oracletechnet), and Gosling: Java EE 6 makes it remarkably easy to build Web apps; makes hard tasks not just possible but simple (@oracletechnet)

• The Oracle keynote (Adam Messinger + Steve Harris) was probably best covered by Tori's Java in Flux: Utopia or Deuteranopia? blog entry. Some quotes include - Harris: "Going forward EE will become foundation of cloud - underlying specs to be revamped" (@oracletechnet), Messinger: "we (Oracle) haven't done best job communicating, but we've heard you, and you'll be pleased with changes" (@oracletechnet). "#java #openjdk Message remains on track, Java to evolve fairly slowly and steadily, will let other languages forge paths" (@oracletechnet). And closing with @AdamBien's: #oracle's evil plan for #java.

• From Jerome's GlassFish session: "I wonder if GlassFish Session Replication is built on top of Coherence. Would seem logical but ?" (@STeePi) and "For all the jabs, I gotta say GlassFish looks way slick. Still haven't played with it though" (@STeePi).

• At the JCP panel : Reza Rahman on JCP: biggest issue is lack of developer participation; too much "nonchalant" attitude - devs need to step up (@oracletechnet), Curran: "JUGs can join JCP as groups for free, and all members of that group can participate" (@oracletechnet). Check out also InfoWorld's article.

Sunday Nov 21, 2010

Devoxx 2010 - it's a wrap!


Devoxx 2010, the largest developer community in Europe (correct me if I'm wrong) with 3000+ attendees is now behind us and by all metrics it sounds like another great success for the organizers (the BEJUG). Get a feel for the conference vibe with these videos.

The main announcement at Devoxx was probably the Java 7 and Java 8 JSRs being filed (along with project Coin and Lambda). These earlier entries will help you parse the announcement and understand what's up next: "how to read a JSR" and "Majority or 2/3rds?".

But GlassFish and Java EE 6 were well represented with well attended (400+?) university talks, a hands-on lab that went really smoothly (and God knows how these things can go wrong), a late night GlassFish BOF with an opportunity to meet users and to gather feedback, and a Java EE BOF. The Thursday keynote by Jerome, Linda and Paul was all about the future of Java EE (more in a later post). JBoss was also there with a soon-to-be released version of their AppServer, also discussing Seam, tooling and more Java EE 6 content. And to close off the Java EE section at this conference Adam Bien had another successful live coding session which drew some very nice comments.

Also worth noting is the release of NetBeans 7 beta, a nice complement to the Java 7 JSRs (more in a later post).

If you wish you had been at Devoxx, you might be interested in subscribing to the 2010 Parleys channel (79 euros yearly). The 2009 channel is now totally free of charge.

Thursday May 06, 2010

MySQL track at ODTUG conference 2010

MySQL track at Kaleidoscope

The Oracle Development Tools Users Group (ODTUG) is holding its annual conference in Washington, DC, from June 27th to July 1st. The great news this year is that, at popular demand, there will be a MySQL track, organized and manned by the MySQL community.

The ODTUG is an independent group of very skilled Oracle users, fond of high level training, specifically in matters of development tools. This year, after the Sun acquisition was finalized, the ODTUG board of directors asked the MySQL community to provide some contents for their conference, since a large part of ODTUG members are also MySQL users.

The task was happily taken by two recently named Oracle ACE Directors, Ronald Bradford and Sheeri K. Cabral, who have quickly put together a MySQL track full of talents. Thanks, Ronald, and Sheeri: that was a hell of a job that you have pulled in such a short time!

This is what seems to be the start of a good cooperation between communities. I see happy faces from both sides. Now let's see how it evolves on the conference grounds!

Saturday Apr 10, 2010

GlassFish Virtual Conference - All Sessions Available as Podcasts


All the presentations from the GlassFish Virtual Conference are now available as podcasts; from #45- Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference Keynote to #60 - Java EE Connectors 1.6 by Sivakumar Thyagarajan.

All episodes have PDF of slides as well as MP3 audio. You can visit the GlassFishPodcast blog, or Subscribe as RSS or go directly through the iTunes store.

Sunday Mar 14, 2010

GlassFish Virtual Conference Recordings Now as Podcasts


Alexis has started publishing the recordings of the GlassFish Virtual Conference as podcasts as part of his GlassFish Podcast blog. The first 3 episodes are:

Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference Keynote
Java EE 6 Overview by Roberto Chinnici
EJB 3.1 Overview by Ken Saks

The whole series is available from the iTunes Store and also as individual MP3s: #45, #46 and #47.


Sunday Dec 20, 2009

MySQL Conference 2010 - Call for participation is open

MySQL Conference 2010

The MySQL Conference 2010, with Sun Microsystems as a founding sponsor, has been announced and the call for participation is open.

It's coming later than usual, but it's an opportunity for would be speakers. They will be able to propose talks based on the latest technology, making it even more interesting for attendees.

Some of the program is already online. The tutorial page has a great lineup of speakers and advanced topics. More will be announced when the selection ends, at the end of January.

In the meantime, early bird registration is also open. You will save a few hundred bucks by registering before February.

Recordings of GlassFish Virtual Conference Now Available

The recordings of the JavaEE 6 and GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference are now available. Slides are also available. Registration is required in both cases; enjoy!

The VC was a great success; more info on it after the Holiday break.

Credits - The picture shown at the left is that of Jack Mullin who recorded the Bing Crosby's Show on the influential Ampex 200.

Thursday Dec 17, 2009

Initial Report on JavaEE 6 / GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference

Our JavaEE 6 / GlassFish v3 Virtual Conference was a great success - and a lot of fun.

I'm going to let Harpreet report on the detailed attendance numbers, but peak simultaneous (not total/aggregated) attendance at the keynotes was over 1400.

This is our first time, so I don't have comparison numbers, but it seems very good for an online presentation in mid-December!

The general feedback from attendees, presenters and chat participants was very positive and many people suggested us to do these more often. A couple of reports are here and here.

The most common questions have been: Will the recordings be available? (yes) How soon (hopefully within a couple of weeks) and How do I get them? (will notify people in the GlassFish registration mailing list, and will post at GlassFish Resources)

Monday Dec 14, 2009

Java EE 6 Virtual Conference - Reminder and some Hints


Tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec 15th) is our online Virtual Conference on JavaEE 6 and GlassFish v3. The conference is free but Requires Registration (check this PDF for full agenda).

Attendance is via any Flash-enabled browser; additional information, including the URL to use tomorrow, will be mailed to the email you used during registration.

Once you login during the VC you will automatically join a chat room with a generated name. Since we are expecting many attendees, I'd recommend you to use the nick command to assign yourself a name that is more easy to remember: to do that, type "/nick myNickname" (without quotes) at the chat window.

The response to the Virtual Conference has been very positive - I hope to see you online tomorrow. I'm specially looking forward to hearing from you in the chat room; a number of us will be there to try to answer your questions.

Friday Nov 06, 2009

GlassFish at Devoxx 2009


The Devoxx conference is around the corner (in just over a week) and will take place in Antwerp, Belgium as every year, only a bit earlier than usual (December was just too close to the Christmas holidays).

This week-long conference runs as follows: the first two days are 3-hour sessions to go deeper into the technology (they're called University sessions). The regular conference starts on the third day and offers keynotes and 1-hour sessions. Devoxx also has "Tools in actions" (30-minute), "BOFs", Quickies (15-minute), white boards, and more.

First and foremost, the Wednesday Sun and Oracle keynotes should not be missed (or to be watched later on Parleys) :
Java, the Platform for the Future - Steve Harris (Oracle)
Java EE 6 and GlassFish V3: Evolution of a Platform - Roberto Chinnici and Ludo Champenois.

But there's a also long list of GlassFish and Sun-related session for this year's session :

University talks :
Enhancing the JavaServer Faces 2.0 Component Model - Roger Kitain
SOA, OpenESB and OpenSSO Programming with Passion - Sang Shin
The Java EE 6 Platform University - Antonio Goncalves, Alexis MP

JDK7 Update - Mark Reinhold
The Java EE 6 Platform - Antonio Goncalves
Writing Asynchronous Web application (Comet) using the Atmosphere Framework - Jean-Francois Arcand, Paul Sandoz
Project Coin - Joe Darcy
Using BTrace and DTrace to Instrument and Analyse Java Applications - Simon Ritter
Enhancing the JavaServer Faces 2.0 Component Model - Roger Kitain
Managing GlassFish on OpenSolaris - Simon Ritter
The Modular Java Platform & Project Jigsaw - Mark Reinhold
Deep dive on the Java EE 6 platform with GlassFish V3 - Roberto Chinnici, Ludo Champenois

Grizzzly Servlet Container - Jean-Francois Arcand
Update JDK 7 - Mark, Alex, and Brian
The Modular Java Platform & Project JigSaw - Mark Reinhold, Alex Buckley

Java EE 6 and OSGi. Ludo Champenois

See you there!

Monday Jun 15, 2009

Jazoon 2009 and GlassFish Day


GlassFish Day at Jazoon (register) is only a week away and the (almost final) agenda has been posted (Marek will stand in for Harold for the Metro talk) and is now included in the GlassFish events iCal feed. This is the second year in a row we're running this free event on the first day of the Jazoon conference in beautiful Zurich.

While not an unconference, this is meant to be an informative and pretty laid back day with lots of opportunities to interact with other attendees and the various speakers. Please make sure to register if you plan on attending (we have some space left in a nice and comfy theater).

Given the energy spent by the organizers and Christian in particular, visiting literally dozens of JUGs around Europe, I expect Jazoon to be yet another successful Java conference. James Gosling will be the first keynote speaker (other Sun speakers are listed here). Get the full agenda there and a dedicated Google iCal feed here.

Monday May 18, 2009

GlassFish swimming around Europe

Hot off the wheels of the GlassFish Workshop in Prague, the next few weeks will be packed with GlassFish events in Europe :


Java Application Server Day - this Thursday in Genova, Italy. Last year's IDE shootout was reported to be a fun and instructive event (register).
University GlassFish in Amesrfoort, Netherlands ( and Sun-sponsored) - a late GlassFish afternoon with Sun, partners, and drinks (register)
GlassFish Day at Jazoon. The agenda is not final but it fill feature key members of the GlassFish community and will cover a larger part of the GlassFish Portfolio. Please register.

All events are free to attend. Keep track of GlassFish-related events here and using this iCal feed.

Of course there's also CommunityOne and JavaOne (see Arun's post on GlassFish content). If you're around on Sunday prior to the events, don't forget the Unconference (please register!) and the party.

Monday Apr 13, 2009

MySQL Campus Tour in California!

MySQL Campus Tour

The MySQL Campus Tour has come to California.

The long trip that Dups started in March from Montreal is near the end. He is getting reinforcements. Five MySQL community enthusiasts are now about to tour the campuses in North and South California, giving free lectures on MySQL.

The full schedule is available in the MySQL Forge wiki. Participation is free, and it's an unique chance to get in touch with the MySQL experts and ask the tough questions.