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Wrapping up the week, wrapping up the month. It's time to look back at all major events that took place over the past seven days, and I am reminded, as always, of what a tremendous experience it is to live in the open source world. And, with JBoss it's easiest to tap into that - JBoss is everywhere, both technologically and geographically.

The first big story of the week is undoubtably, JUDCon India which took place earlier this week (Jan 24-25). With a strong participation (800 attendees) our first JUDCon in the Asia-Pacific zone has been a real success. Our colleagues Jaikiran Pai, Manik Surtani and Galder Zamarreno have published their impressions. The feedback of the attendees themselves is excellent as well: here are the stories published by Aravind Ajad and Nibin Varghese.


We're happy to read stuff like that that! Join us again, and remember, JBoss World and JUDCon Boston (June 2012) are getting closer and closer.


Meanwhile, you have a chance to meet us at FOSDEM 2012 (Feb 4-5, Brussels, Belgium) - here's the schedule of JBoss-themed talks. Max Andersen has also put together a summary of JBossians' participation at other two conferences: EclipseCon (March 26-29, Reston, Virginia) and MOW 12 (April 18-20, Billund, Denmark).







A couple of news regarding Hibernate: Steve Ebersole has been blogging about upcoming natural key support in 4.1. Incorporating natural keys (aka business keys) in your ORM design is a recommended practice, and this is important news, because so far this needed to be handled manually, using criteria or other mechanisms. Right now, it's all declarative and supported by the API. The other bit of news from the same area is provided by Hardy Ferentschik, in regards to the latest improvements to be found in Hibernate Metamodel Generator 1.2.0.CR1.


Mark Proctor has published a blog entry and an update on his implementation of Wumpus World, an artificial intelligence example in the form of an exploring game, illustrating the power of Drools outside the traditional business/financial setting. Now you don't have an excuse for not playing by the rules.


Very often the difference between being productive and struggling is provided by the tools that we use. JBoss Tools (and the integrated JBoss Developer Studio) have been fostering productivity for a long time, and they're living proof that a good IDE is much more than a fancy text editor with a compiler attached. Being able to have news, technologies, examples and quickstarts at your fingertips is one of the well-kept secrets of star developers. Len Di Maggio provides an overview of JBoss Central, a newly added feature which can be found in both JBoss Tools and JBoss Developer Studio, which provides access to all of these goodies - with a simple click.


For those of you who have followed closely the progress of Infinispan 5.1, the good news is that the final version (5.1.0.Final) is out - see the announcement here - pick it up and have lots of fun!


TorqueBox gets another beta, which brings it to v2.0.0.Beta3 - you can read more about the new features here.




While they are not at a conference, JBossians still love spreading the word about the good stuff (that we build):

  • Peter Larsen will speak at the DC JBUG about Teiid and JBoss Enterprise Data Services on February 8t
  • Ben Browning will speak at the Atlanta JBUG about TorqueBox on January 31st
  • Eric Schabell will speak at the Portugal JUG on February 16 about OpenShift and JBPM
  • Andrew Rubinger will speak at the Utah JUG on February 16 as well about Arquillian


That's all for this week - gather around next week for more updates!

Hello Again,

Welcome to our weekly run down of what is happening within the JBoss community.   One of the beauties of living in the open source world is that it is always changing.


Do you know somebody in India? No? Well, now you do.  JBoss'ers from around the world are converging on Bangalore for JUDCon India on January 24th.  JUDCons are our developer focused conferences - where our coders get to hang out with you!  This will be our largest developer event in JBoss history.

Check out the agenda for more information.



JBoss Developer Studio 5 M5 -  Have a love/hate relationship with Maven?  I do.  :-)  And even if you hate Maven, this latest version of JBoss includes a much improved JBoss Central with several new archetypes for kick starting your Java EE 6 projects.  Two of the most notable are an HTML5 archetype and the much improved OpenShift Express project Wizard.   Our tools include everything you need for using Maven with WTP-based projects - deploying to JBoss AS7 (or the cloud) is a simple drag & drop.   This is the fastest way to try your hand at HTML5 and mobile web development. Run the wizard, deploy to OpenShift then tweet your friends the URL for their phones - it only takes a few minutes and its FREE. 

Check out Max's blog for more information on M5.


Jonathan Halliday is brilliant in his rant on the "perils of trying to replace or do without bits of code that you don't understand".  He tosses out myth busters by clearly stating that Spring is not JTA nor JCA.  If you have ever had a computer go down (and who has not?) then you owe it to yourself to learn something about transactions.  Here is a tip: ACID is not (only) that stuff your parents played with in the 60's - see Steve Job's Bio for further details. 



The Infinispan gang continues to roll out the features and the blogs with Mircea Markus delivering a great post on transaction enhancements in Infinispan 5.0.


What is a "Guided Decision Table"?  I didn't know either until I watched these videos by Michael Anstis.   The JBoss Drools team has been rocking the RIA with an incredibly feature rich user application called Guvnor.  A Web-based UI that non-programmers can use to create business rules, processes and "spreadsheets", I mean decision tables.


The title says it all Hibernate Search 4.1 is coming - our very own Sanne "The Ice Man" Grinovero just tagged Alpha1, specifically focused on upgrading core dependencies like Lucene, Infinispan and JGroups.  We make Hibernate happen - how is that for a tag line?


I would also like to call your attention to Weld 2.0's first alpha release.  Weld is the reference implementation for Contexts and Dependency Injection for Java EE.  This release is the first one focused on CDI 1.1 - the next version beyond EE6.  See the future, happening now.



Have you had a JBoss'er visit your JUG recently?  Our team is always on the move and getting out into the greater Java community.  Eric Schabell published a great post about his evening with the YaJUG in Luxembourg.


Ben Browning will be visiting the Atlanta JBUG to talk up TorqueBox, January 31st - Ruby on Rails on JBoss.  


Happy New Year to all you JBoss users and developers out there! Welcome to 2012 and we have let a week slip by without a weekly editorial, if you were a sharp reader and paying attention you would have noted that a lot has happened in the last few weeks. So hold on to your hat, we are off and running with a heap of news that will get you back on track for a great start to 2012!



Feb 4. 2012 there will a JBoss room hosting anyone who want to turn up at FOSDEM 12', lots of core developers will be there along and some pretty cool sessions. Talks on Drools Planner, jBPM, JBoss AS7, OpenShift and much more!


If you are in Luxembourg next week you can pop into the YaJUG event for some jBPM and OpenShift magicat their Java User Group on Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012.


Submissions to JBoss World 2012 is ongoing for a few more days, so get your thinking hat on and send in your proposal for a great session and we can then meet you in Boston this year! ;-)


Blogs / Articles

The jBPM Form Builder is heating up with an update report from Marian Buenosayres.


Michael Anstis reports that Guided Decision Tables now support BRL columns, "Work has been completed to allow BRL fragments to be used as both (or either) Condition and Action columns in the Guided Decision Table within Guvnor."


Want to get started with the BPMN2 native Eclipse visual editor? Eric D. Schabell posted a short how to online for integrating it into your Eclipse IDE.


Steve Ebersole discusses the changes to registering event listeners, "4.0 changes the way event listeners get registered to leverage some added capabilities, namely services and integrators."


Switchyard project shouts out to the world that they are the first to jump on the "Flux Capacitor" bandwagon in the blog by "Is it auspicious to say that SwitchYard now uses "Flux Capacitor"? Well, yes! Because that is the code name ofJBoss AS 7.1.0.CR1. The nightly builds of SwitchYard now uses Flux Capacitor. How cool is that?"


TorqueBox 2.0 now has its screencasts available on iTunes reports Lance Ball.


Heiko Rupp shows us some really awesome graphs that he has done using D3.js and the REST API in RHQ as he states, "Now that the RHQ REST api can expose raw numerical metrics for the last 7 days, it is possible to create additional graphs for numerics. As before I have used D3.js to create the following graphs." He will also walk you through analyzing your metrics with Rtoo!


Interested in how to configure Infinispan and all the changes to their configuration setup has you stumped? No worries, Pete Muir has sorted this out for you in his blog post!


Someone finally will be explaining multi-server management at JAX2012, that will be Serge Pagop if his abstract is accepted, "Domain mode is one of the most demanded application server architecture in today production environment. But some users mix in their daily jargon the multi-server management domain mode with high availability. In this session, we will learn about the domain mode and high availability in JBoss EAP 6, their differences and look at the ways in a high level how you can leverage high availability with JBoss EAP 6." He has also posted a starter episode on JBoss AS 7.1, JMS and EJB's for those wanting a quickstart.


Max Andersen spent some time sorting out the most round-about-way to deploy an application to OpenShift... it looks like he found it! A must read for all you coders out there with a tablet!


Finally, Mark Little of JBoss fame had some time on his hands and a new Android phone doing nothing in the corner of his desk, so he ported JBossTS to it... you gotta ask yourself... ;-)






Have a great week, weekend and code onwards into 2012!

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