We are getting some nice reviews of BRMS V7.0 and some interesting articles generally. James Taylor has written two very nice pieces on V7 on his JT on EDM blog. James' deep knowledge of BRMS is evident, because he "just gets it"... :-)
Billy Newport from the IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale team has also been experimenting with deploying JRules within a fault-tolerant (replicated memory) grid architecture. I've never met Billy personally but I feel like I know him well from my days at BEA Systems, and his many posts to theserverside! It's great to have talented engineers like Billy testing JRules to its limits and experimenting with new eXtreme use cases.
Internally the team has been simultaneously dealing with the last-minute minutiae of getting the release out of the door under IBM's product release process, and spending some time catching up on new technology. Towards the end of a release the development team enters what we call the "cool down period", during which we can experiment with any technology that catches the eye. It's an opportunity to step away from the coal face for a couple of weeks and build some technical proof-of-concepts or catch up with some training. After the rigors of dealing almost essentially with bug fixes for several months it is important for the engineers to stretch their coding muscles again, and get fired-up and creative before we start the NEXT release.
The Product Management team however is very busy at the moment, discussing the core user stories for our next release. Over the coming weeks the developers will be spending a lot of time with the PMs fleshing out the details of the stories, working on estimation, and finally release planning.
And so the wheel turns, and a new release cycle will soon be upon us...