Over a decade ago JBoss Inc was formed and back then the company was synonymous with J2EE and the JBoss Application Server. By 2006 and the Red Hat acquisition of JBoss we'd grown the projects to include Drools, jBPM, JBossESB, JBoss Portal and many others, but the predominate association of the term JBoss remained with Java Enterprise Edition and the application server. Over the last 8 years, however, Red Hat has grown the JBoss pantheon of projects and products significantly, so now it includes MRG-M, Data Virtualisation (through the acquisition of MetaMatrix), Fuse including A-MQ (through the acquisition of FuseSource and the associated projects), BPM (through the acquisition of Polymita and the work of our homegrown Drools and jBPM teams), BRMS (great vision and work by the expanded Drools team), mobile (with AeroGear, HTML5 and Objective-C), and other non-Java language support including JRuby, Clojure and Ceylon (putting Red Hat amongst the likes of Google and Apple pushing the frontiers of language development). Today in 2014, more than a decade since the term JBoss was first coined, it means so much more than Java let alone Java Enterprise Edition. Who knows what more it will mean in another decade?! Onward!
It doesn't seem like nearly 6 months ago when I mentioned that instead of a JUDCon preceding Summit as we've done in the past we'd have DevNation. Since then we've been looking at when and how to organise the new JUDCon and it was getting tricky to fit it in amongst the various conferences and workshops that also dot our collective landscape. One thing that we've always prided ourselves on is that JUDCon is "By Developers For Developers" and it has its roots in various larger project face-to-face meetings where we'd invite the communities to attend, give input and maybe listen to presentations. We still have those larger project meetings but we tend not to run them in the same way - not because we don't want to, but simply because JUDCon came along and made it easier to focus these kinds of things. So if we can't have a larger JUDCon at this time of year, why not go back to the original format? This is precisely what we've done this time around with JUDCon Boston 2014. It's a one day event being hosted just after the team meeting and with a focus this time on mobile, micro-presentations and a group hacking event not to be missed! If this is a success then I'd like to see us duplicate this if possible at many more such meetings around the world. If you're in or near Boston and want to come along, see the registration page!