JavaOne Round Up

Speaking at JavaOne was great.

Considering it was my first time it went great, even the collaborative ones with Debu and David that requires a little bit of juggling. I talked to a whole bunch of people from all over the globe, including my good friend Dan Allen of Seam in Action, Ken Saks (EJB 3.1 and GlassFish lead), Mike Keith (EJB 3.0 lead), Linda DeMichael (JPA 2, EJB 3.0 lead), Adam Bien (fellow EG member of EJB3.1/Java EE 6, Java champion), Emmanuel Bernard (Bean Validation lead) and so many others. David blogged about it a little here on our EJB 3.0 embedded containers talk. San Fran itself was great…I found quite a few places to hang out in the evening and listen to some hard edged music :-). China town was great too…

While I was out there, I also spoke at the San Francisco JUG. I did my Spring/EJB 3 integration talk and shared talks with Talip Ozturk of Hazelcast. The talk went great and the crowd was great. Shaun Abram, the fellow independent consultant that invited me there blogged about the talk here. Vinay Nag blogged about it too here. Thanks guys!!

While I was at JavaOne, I also talked to Steve Montal, Scott Ferguson and Emil Ong about working on the EJB 3.1 Lite container of Resin for it’s impending Java EE 6 Web Profile certification next year (finally!!). Emil attended my SF JUG talk too and gave me very good feedback. The Resin guys rock! Caucho rocks and we’re sure to make some waves in server-side Java together in the next year :-).

Speaking at JavaOne 2009

Your humble author is very proud and excited to declare that he will be speaking at two sessions for JavaOne 2009! One of them is a technical session while the other is a birds-of-a-feather. The technical session is the JPA/database performance tuning talk I recently gave at the Harrisburg JUG. I am co-presenting the session with EJB 3 in Action lead author Debu Panda from Oracle. The birds-of-a-feather session is on the uses of embedded EJB 3 containers. I am co-presenting with David Blevins of Apache OpenEJB for this session. Apache OpenEJB is one of the originators of the EJB 3 embedded container concept being standardized in EJB 3.1. I will also try to be part of the EJB 3.1 and Java EE 6 “meet the experts” sessions that are very likely for JavaOne this year.

If you are attending JavaOne 2009, please do consider attending the sessions. I would love to chat with you. I and Debu will also try to schedule a JavaOne book signing via Manning. Remember, the lull of a recession is a great time to update skills and make new connections, not to mention taking a brief break in San Francisco away from work.

Speaking at TheServerSide Java Symposeum

I am very excited to say that I will be speaking at TheServerSide Java Symposium in March at Las Vegas. Over the past few months, I’ve developed a close relationship with the folks at TSS having written my EJB 3.1 Preview Series and Java EE 6 Preview article. I hope to be even more involved in online communities like TSS, JavaLobby and JavaRanch going forward.

I will be speaking on Spring/EJB 3 integration. This is the same talk I gave at the Connecticut JUG conference last year. Although I know a few folks that have done this kind of integration, the talk would be a great way for me to gauge community interest in this topic as a precursor to getting more engaged with an initiative for EJB 3.1 Lite native support on the Spring framework. I have been talking to the SpringSource folks about it and hope that the effort might be sponsored/supported by these folks. I am also giving a more informal “fire-side chat” on Java EE 6.

If you are attending the conference, please do consider coming to the sessions. I would love to chat with you on either topic or anything else you might want to talk about. Remember, the lull of a recession is a great time to update skills and make new connections, not to mention taking a brief break in Las Vegas away from work.

Spring JPA Support Talk at the Charleston JUG

On February 26th, I went back to the Charleston, SC JUG to fill in for a speaker that dropped out at the last minute. JUG leader Jason McDonald requested that I talk about Spring’s support for JPA (material we cover in the last chapter of EJB 3 in Action – “EJB 3 and Spring”; the talk updates the content to cover Spring 2.5). The code for the very hands-on presentation should be posted on the JUG’s website soon.

Jason let me know that the JUG needs more people involved in a leadership role since he is really being strained to manage the JUG on top of his already hectic schedule. If you live near the Charleston area, please consider getting in touch with Jason. The Charleston JUG is actually very well funded and organized thanks to Jason’s efforts and can fully sponsor speakers from across the country. It also has a great host in BenefitFocus (a major tech vendor for one of my Philadelphia based clients). Given the small number of JUGs in the South, it would be a shame to not see this one reach its full potential. I certainly enjoyed speaking there and would go back there again.

I also encourage you to become a member of the JUG and help it grow if you are a local Java developer. JUGs are a great vehicle for developing grassroots Java communities, not to mention for keeping up-to-date in a fast-paced industry and for developing life-long friendships with fellow developers.

JPA/Database Tuning Talk at the Harrisburg JUG

On February 19th, I did one of my most favorite talks at the Harrisburg JUG. Titled “Keeping a Relational Perspective for Optimizing JPA”, the talk is about some of the database centric performance tuning techniques I’ve utilized for JPA (and the persistence tier in general) over the years. I am very glad I finally found a JUG interested in this relatively advanced talk!

As usual, the Harrisburg crowd was great and I’m proud to say I once worked in the central PA area. Indeed, it seems to be one of the few areas in PA that seems to be enjoying vibrant economic growth, despite national trends recently.

Java EE 6 Preview at the NYC JUG

On January 26th, I went back to the NYC JUG to give a preview of Java EE 6. Despite the unmistakable market crash in the NYC area, turnout was very good and folks seemed relatively upbeat.

I went out for Dinner with JUG leader Dario and some of the other JUG members after the talk. The NYC JUG is always a pleasure because of the quality and dynamism of the crowd. I look forward to going back there soon after I get some of the things that have been on my plate done (like updating the EJB 3 in Action code samples for JBoss 5 and GlassFish v2 as well as writing IDE setup instructions for Eclipse/NetBeans that a lot of readers have been asking us for).

Java EE 6 Preview at the NoVA JUG

I did my Java EE 6 preview talk at the NoVA JUG on January 8th. It was really great to see that the JUG has grown significantly since I spoke there last. The feedback from this crucial metropolitan area was great and the talk was very interactive.

My good friend Dan Allen, the author of Seam in Action showed up for the meeting and did a great job explaining some of the JSR 299 (aka WebBeans, aka Java Contexts and Dependency Injection) functionality. I was a little sad to hear that he has abandoned the independent consulting path in favor of joining the JBoss team. He is now very active with JSR 299 and appears to be getting ready to write JCDI in Action via Manning. I wish him the best of the luck on the book. I think he did a great job on Seam in Action.

EJB 3.1 Talk at the NYC JUG

I gave a preview of EJB 3.1 at the NYC JUG on the 6th of November. I have to say this was one of the best speaking experiences I’ve had in a while. True to the intent of the talk, the crowd was very interactive and asked a number of excellent questions. The feedback on the EJB 3.1 changes was very positive and there were a number of EJB 3 in Action readers there. It was clear this was a crowd of people with a much deeper level of professionalism than the run-of-the-mill “just a paycheck” types. It was great to see and I look forward to my next talk for the JUG on Java EE 6!

EJB 3 Primer at the Charleston JUG

On October 28th, I traveled all the way south to beautiful Charleston, SC to give a slightly belated EJB 3 primer! JUG leader Jason McDonald is trying hard to grow the fledgling Charleston JUG. The turnout was less than what we were expecting, but it was a pleasure to speak to the small group nonetheless.

Since this was my first time in the “deep south” I didn’t quite know what to expect. As it turns out, the folks in Charleston are true to the image of southern hospitality. And Charleston really is “the last bastion of southern charm and elegance”. I definitely look forward to speaking in Charleston again and wish the JUG the best of luck.

Java EE 6 and EJB 3/Spring 2.5 Integration Talks in Connecticut

On October 21st, the CT JUG lead by Ryan Cuprak helds its first ever Java Conference. The conference was a very good success and I think met an important need for the large number of Java developers in the greater Connecticut area.

I gave my Java EE 6 preview talk, as well as my brand new talk about integrating EJB 3 and Spring 2.5. Both talks were very well received and the EJB 3/Spring 2.5 integration talk generated a lot of lively discussion. Since the talk, a number of people asked for the source code for the very hand-on talk. It is downloadable from the CT JUG website here.

There were a number of other excellent talks given at the conference. Doug Clark from Oracle spoke on Coherence support for their open source JPA implementations (TopLink, EclipseLink) and Rossen Stoyanchev from SpringSource talked about Spring 2.5 as well as 3.0. JUG leader Ryan Cuprak himself gave a Seam talk to a full-house crowd.