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2014

Summit is over but the work goes on and the positive fallout from our annual event continues to grow! xPaaS was the highlight of the JBoss Keynote and Arun has written a nice piece on the topic - though he failed to mention the defunct laptop that we killed on stage to demonstrate the fault tolerance capabilities of the stack we showed!

 

IMAG0300.jpgEric also managed to find tim in his schedule to write up some of his experiences at Summit around xPaaS and jBPM/BPM Suite. He had a very busy time with demos, sessions and booth duty, so check it out! And he even managed to find time to produce his regular instalment in the Online Workshop Series.

 

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As usual Arun Gupta's been busy. As well as being at DevoxxFr he's written about the new NetBeans and WildFly integration a couple of times, the work done of the Java EE7 reference card, and of course the WildFly 8 and JBDS screencast!

 

OK so those are the highlights for this week. Onward!

I am writing this blog from the air - the beauty of modern air travel - an hour of Internet access is only $6. Gone are the days when you could truly disconnect, leveraging the excuse that you were flying!  Now when I am supposed to catch up on my reading?

 

We just wrapped up Red Hat Summit and DevNation 2014 in San Francisco - where thousands gathered to learn about the next generation of Open Source.

 

It is impossible to describe all that happened but I do suggest you check out a few photos and browse the Twitter or Google+ stream.

 

Twitter Photos

 

Keynote Photos:

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Demo Video:

The JBoss team takes the big stage at Red Hat Summit & DevNation 2014 with a demonstration of

 

 

  • xPaaS having being: aPaaS (apps), mPaaS (mobile),  iPaaS (integration),  bpmPaaS (process)
  • OpenStack for provisioning a private cloud (IaaS) across a few laptops.
  • OpenShift Enterprise (PaaS) for carving up those OpenStack created VMs into app-ready, developer-friendly containers.
  • JBoss Fuse Fabric (iPaaS) for dynamically, provisioning those containers with the necessary middleware components, turning them into custom business integration services.  Integrating Twitter to SalesForce to JBoss BPMS (bpmPaaS) based on jBPM and Drools.

 

Mark Little has a nice write-up on the keynote.

And you can watch the video recording on YouTube

 

We built an on-stage private cloud out of inexpensive laptops.  Checkout some of the tweets from the live event.

 

This is not demoware, try xPaaS for yourself now!

 

HackFest

It was particularly cool to have ARM send in several engineers and suit cases full of new toys (mbedhttps://mbed.org/) for us to play with at the Hackfest - like most of the technological transformations of the last several years - open source, open standards and now open hardware platforms are key catalysts to igniting the spark of technological creative.

 

Other notable announcements:

devnation-logo.pngBy the time you will read our editorial, there will be more or less than 24 hours left until the debut of DevNation, the open source, polyglot conference for application developers and maintainers. Its packed agenda features a stellar cast of technology experts, and it is collocated with the Red Hat Summit. So whether, you're packing for San Francisco, or are there already for the conference, we wish you a fun time attending the talks and mingling with your fellow developers. And if you're missing this year's edition (like for example I unfortunately do), don't worry - follow our upcoming posts and you will stay in the know, as we'll keep you updated with blog posts, articles and news, and you'll get to share even some of the fun!

 

And in other news:

 

  • Marian Buenosayres' post provides a preview of the Drools and JBPM public training in San Francisco - an exercise of saving a cat, all done by the rules!
  • Eric Schabell continues publishing new episodes for the JBoss BRMS online workshop - the one this week is focusing on creating guided rules using the guided rule editor. An interesting read not only for developers, but especially for business analysts too.
  • Eric has also put together a series of OpenShift-focused examples and tutorials, grouped together in the OpenShift Primer, the second revised edition of which he is announcing in a blog post;
  • Heiko Rupp announces the creation of a distinct project, rhq-metrics, under the RHQ umbrella, focusing specifically on metrics, allowing the production and consumption of common metrics, regardless of what the project using them is;
  • Mark Little talks about the relationship between Red Hat in general and JBoss in particular, and academia, especially in the context of the awarding of a Centre for Doctoral Training to the University of Newcastle, the proposal for which was in the field of Big Data and Analytics.
  • Tristan Tarrant has provided an overview of the Access Control features added to Infinispan 7.0.0.Alpha3, allowing to secure the access to the data in the data grid;
  • You can find out about upcoming (free! as in free attendance!) Red Hat product (JBoss Integration, BRMS, JBoss Way) workshops in Atlanta, Dallas and Montreal in late April/early May from Arun Gupta's post;
  • Have you heard of Heartbleed? Are you afraid of it? Anil Saldhana's post explains why JBoss community projects aren't affected by it, and what other precautions should you take;
  • It's not Heartbleed, but it still matters - Brian Leathem shows you how to deal with CVE-2014-0335 by upgrading to Richfaces 4.3.6.Final;

 

  • The Infinispan documentation has been updated, including the clustered cache tutorial - as highlighted by Dan Berindei;
  • Max Andersen announces that JBoss Tools has a new address JBoss Tools  - Home! So update your bookmarks and keep in touch with your favourite IDE!
  • Bela Ban's post shows you how to run JGroups on Google Compute Engine;
  • If you are interested in joining the RHQ team, they have an opening - read Tobias Heute's post.

 

Releases

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Rapid Java EE Development Using Forge 2

 

Arun Gupta has spent time this week putting together a screen cast to show how easy it is to create a Java EE application using the Forge 2 Command Line Interface.  Arun demonstrates how to easily create JPA entities, add Bean Validation, include JSF scaffolding and REST endpoints and finally how to deploy the working application to JBoss EAP running on OpenShift.

 

Immutant 2 in the Works

 

The Immutant team are starting their development efforts on Immutant 2 with their main aim being the provision of a set of libraries, one for each of the commodity services, that are independent of the application server. This will allow you to embed those libraries in your application without requiring a "container" to be fully functional.  For those looking to take advantage of some of the container's facilities, such as as security, monitoring, clustering and more, it will also be possible to deploy your application into a stock WildFly or EAP container without the need to modify your application code.

 

Cleaning up Old JIRAs

 

Managing an Open Source project that has been going on for over 10 years presents a number of unique problems, one of which is how to deal with any old JIRAs that have been created.  This is a problem currently being faced by the Hibernate ORM team who find themselves with over 3000 outstanding issues, most of which they believe are no longer relevant to the current codebase.  The team has recently given some thought on this problem and have come up with a proposal.  If this topic is of interest to you then be sure to check out their post and add your thoughts to the discussion.

 

On the Road

 

San Francisco is going to be a very busy place over the next few weeks with the arrival of DevNation, April 13th-17th, and Red Hat Summit, April 14th-17th.  DevNation will have a very strong focus on the developer community with presentations on technologies such as Camel, SwitchYard, Drools, jBPM and many more.  The majority of the presentations will be given by those who are experts in technologies, providing a fantastic opportunity to discuss, in person, any topics that may be of interest.  Friday 11th of April will also see Mark Proctor giving a presentation at Square, discussing what is currently happening within the Drools projects.

 

The Red Hat offices in Amsterdam will be hosting a series of Hackathons over the next few months, providing an opportunity for some hands-on experience with various technologies.   The first Hackathon takes place next Thursday, April 10th, however spaces are limited so be sure to register before they run out.

 

Eric recently spent some time in Toronto, Canada, where he had the honour of giving a presentation on JBoss Rules and BPM at the Toronto Java Users Group.  He was joined on stage by Jonathan Feurth who was giving a presentation on Thread Safety.  Eric was also in Toronto for a partner workshop where he gave presentations based on his series of online workshop posts, the latest instalment of which covers the steps necessary for creating a Domain Specific Language.

 

New Releases