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On January 11th, we held our normal monthly meeting on the subject of RHQ and JBoss Operarions Network.  Alan Santos and Ian Springer were on hand to show some of the new GWT-goodness and cool features in RHQ and JON.  Drift management, Inventoring of Platforms, Services and Servers, Alerts and Events, and many more. The insight provided by RHQ was eye-opening to many of the members and quickly started the wheels turning in few people's head about how they could replace their propriertary monitoring and alerting systems with this open source product.


Next up in the group was Steve Sturtevant of OC Systems with his demonstration of the extensibility of RHQ.  His product, RTI performance, provides the ability to do root-cause analysis of applications by providing insight into the business transactions and correlating to the system resources that RHQ/JON identifies. To see more what RTI is and see how it works, you can checkout the series of videos on YouTube.:


Kudos to the RHQ-Project team as the features in 4.0 as well as the new GUI are excellent.  I for one can't wait to take RHQ for a spin and put that Drift management to test.   I am also impressed the RTI performance add in.  The ability to quickly identify long running transactions and pin-point the resources involved is a much welcome addition.

On Jan 19, the DC Area JBoss Users Group ( held a joint program with the DC/Northern Virginia Java Users Group (  This joint program, JBoss at 7: A new App Server, new Tools and a new Attitude (,  was a great opportunity to show the larger DC Java community how far Java development has come in productivity.


Dan Allen presented to both of our groups to demonstrate the extensive set of frameworks and tools that are now available to today's Java developers.  With the power of Forge, OpenShift, and Arquillian, the audience was shown the speed and ease in which new Java applications can be created, tested, and deployed into production.  The java-bloat of 2000 is clearly gone. Dan left them clamoring for more ... and some homework.


After all, it's open source and one of the advantages of open source is that you don't have to take someone else's word for it, you get to do it yourself.  So fortunately, Dan has made his tutorial available for all to take things out for a drive themselves -


Thanks to all the JBoss developers and community for creating such a jaw-dropping, time-saving, productive set of tools.  And thanks Dan Allen for helping to evangelize the open source way as done by JBoss. 

If you missed DevIgnition 2011, you missed out on a great talk by Toby Crawley.  His slides are available out at Slideshare.  Some time in the near future DevIginition is supposed to post the videos from all of the talks.