I got the opportunity recently to go to Lyon (haven't been there in about 2 decades!) and present at INSA/CITI as well as give a session at the local JUG. Before I set off I was asked a few questions so that they could post an interview with me. If you're interested, then the interview is here.
I'm hoping that CITI and the Lyon JUG will eventually post the presentations I gave as they're a little bit too big to attach here. However, here's the first slide from my presentation at CITI:
And here's the equivalent from my JUG presentation:
Fortunately in this and age of social networking, I didn't have to worry about taking pictures of the event: others did that for me and I include them here along with my gratitude:
For those people who weren't there and want to see the last slide in more detail, here it is:
I want to thank everyone who attended both presentations and gave me some good questions to answer and things to think about on my journey home. I also want to thank Julien Ponge and Alexis Hassler for inviting me and arranging everything. I do want to do it again!
Back in 2009 I wrote about how it was sad in some ways that Sun had been acquired by Oracle. 4 years later, we now hear that GlassFish is being relegated to the domain of the Reference Implementation. Once again I have mixed feelings about this event. Despite GlassFish being seen as a competitor to our own offerings, there was always a grudging respect for what that team had done, and several of them now work for Red Hat, often as a direct result of those efforts. So in that regard it is sad to see it go. However, what worries me the most about this turn of events isn't so much about the technology, but rather what signals this could send to their open source communities. I will leave that mainly as an exercise to the reader, but it doesn't really take a massive leap to be concerned if you are a member of those communities. Now I'm not going to suggest that Red Hat's projects such as WildFly, or any other open source vendor, are necessarily a better home for those community members who feel that it is time to move on, but I would hope that they would at least take a look and judge us on our track record.