I was asked recently why, as the Eclipse Evangelist, am I talking about WebSphere topics at the WebSphere Technical Exchange. The answer is quite simple: I agreed to do these talks before I became an employee of the Eclipse Foundation. And, while these talks are generally pro-IBM, they're not anti-anybody so I don't believe that I'm stepping on anybody's toes. I'll talk a little bit more about how this is true over the next couple of days.
Anyway, suffice to say that after this conference appearance, the only pro-anything I'll be doing is pro-Eclipse.
Talk number two that I'm delivering at WTE is concerned with programming model extensions (PMEs) that are available as part of WebSphere Application Server 6.0. I'm going to provide a roadmap of all the programming model extensions and focus particularly on three: Startup beans, Work Manager, and Distributed Map (which is part of the Dynamic Cache PME). I'll discuss how these PMEs fit into the J2EE picture and how you can reduce the risk associated with using these proprietary technologies as part of your J2EE application.[Read More]
Eclipse hints, tips, and random musings
From archive: October 2005 X
Eclipse Foundation Executive Director Mike Milinkovich announced today that Ward Cunningham has joined the Eclipse Foundation.
This is huge. Big. Massive. Heck, the opportunity to work with folks like Ward was one of the big reasons for my joining the Eclipse Foundation in the first place (though I really had no idea when I joined that Ward specifically would also be coming aboard).
There is a lot of information about Ward on the c2 Wiki. You might find it useful to start with theTenWordLine.[Read More]
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On Wednesday I listed some of the talks that I'm delivering at the WebSphere Technical Exchange (WTE). I mentioned that I am pretty excited about the Iterative Development talk. I always love talking about software development.
I wrote a little while back about the differences between interative and incremental development. That's the sort of thing that I'm covering in this talk. It's essentially about taking the approach of "growing" J2EE applciations using agile software development techniques with Rational Applciation Developer. There's a lot of talk about how to use JUnit as part the process.
I make no attempt to hide the fact that I really like agile methods in general and Extreme Programming in particular. I think that there's a lot of good stuff in the talk and that it's well worth your time attending.[Read More]
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Today is the last day for speakers to get their presentations in for the WebSphere Technical Exchange in Miami, Florida from October 31-November 4, 2005. I'm presenting four talks:
The good news is that I've managed to upload three of these completed talks already. The bad news is that I'm still frantically assembling the fourth. But it'll get done and it'll be great. I promise.
I'm pretty excited about the iterative development talk. One thing that I really like about the WTE conference is the fact that the selection committee understands that talks that do not necessarily have a product focus contain valuable information that folks need to hear. Of course, I guess it helps that the selection committee is staffed by folks from IBM Software Services for WebSphere who are (in my now-unbiased opinion) some of the smartest folks around.
If you haven't already signed up for the WTE and you care about WebSphere, I encourage you to do so. There's a lot of great speakers presenting who have information that you need to hear. I'd love to give you a couple of names of folks that you really should go listen to, but as I review the speaker list, it seems that pretty much all of them are 'must sees'.
As I understand it, the main reason why we need to get these talks in so far ahead of the conference is so that the organizers can print out copies of the presentations and make CDs for distribution to the conference attendees. I hope that I'm wrong, but this is the way that things have been done in the past. As a concerned citizen of the environment, it pains me that they provide printed copies of the notes. It always pains me more to see the room full of unclaimed printed copies at the end of the conference. At some point, I imagine that a huge number of these printed copies end up in some landfill. I like to believe that all the extras are recycled and become newspapers or egg cartons or something. For that matter, I wonder how many of the CDs that they burn will end up in the landfill? As I look around my office, I cannot find a printed copy of any notes from any presentations I've ever attended. I wonder if it's fair to assume that pretty much every printed copy eventually ends up round-filed.
Anyway, I encourage you to attend. For those that do attend, I encourage you to add something to your evaluation that discourages the organizers from killing any more trees or pressing any more CDs than are necessary for next year's conference. They're nice people; they're just doing what they think you want.[Read More]
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