Mark Little

JBUG Scotland

Posted by Mark Little May 10, 2013

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Scotland JBUG earlier this week in Edinburgh. It was a great event and well attended.

 

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I gave a presentation on our roadmaps for various products as well as some of the technical direction. There were a lot of good questions and the presentation should be uploaded soon.

Mark Little

EE7 is approved

Posted by Mark Little May 2, 2013

It's official, Java EE7 has been approved overwhelmingly. This is great news, particularly for the updates to various components such as CDI and JMS. I'm proud of our continued association with the JCP and glad to see that we could get this out relatively on time. Now it's on to EE8. Furthermore, given the WildFly announcement last week, we'll be looking to implement EE7 as soon as possible.

 

And now for the annoying and frustrating aspect: it seems like we have no vote recorded! Whether through a fault in the system (it's happened before), forgetfulness (it's happened before) or insanity (no comment!) we appear to have no vote associated with EE7 and some related JSRs. If this is our fault then it's my fault, since I had the token to vote. I'm chasing this with Oracle at the moment, because I'm sure we did vote! But according to the records that didn't happen. If it turns out we didn't vote then a big Mea Culpa to the team and our communities!

 

For the record: we would have/should have/did vote Yes/Approved to all of them.

Mark Little

And the winner is ...

Posted by Mark Little Apr 19, 2013

It's hard to believe that it was so many months ago that we announced the voting for the rename of JBossAS at Devoxx:

 

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At the time we had hoped to announce the name, but we had simply far more suggestions for names from the community than we ever expected. If we had been able to announce the winner, I had hoped to stand up there with a series of envelopes in a very Oscar-like manner and say things like "And the nominations were ...", of course with suitable drum rolls etc. Well it didn't happen at Devoxx and so we announced the nominations (without drums or music) and that we would make the final publication of the new name in early 2013 at a suitable conference or workshop.

 

Once the voting was completed and we had a name, the search was on for such a suitable conference and workshop. We had several options, but it seemed only right that we make the announcement about our most significant community project at our most significant community conference: JUDCon. As fate would have it, JUDCon Brazil (the very first time we will be in Brazil with JUDCon) was the first such conference after the votes were tallied. Therefore, we now had our name and our event, which meant I could put all of this together into a suitable keynote presentation. If you were there (or are there, depending upon when you view this article), you'll know that the runners up were jBeret in 3rd place and BaseJump in 2nd place. But the overall winner was ... (imagine a drum roll please) ...

 

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You'll see new domains, forums, JIRAs etc. associated with the project coming on line over the following hours and a presence on github imminently. I'd like to thank everyone who submitted names and voted. I'd also like to thank everyone who has helped to make this transition an overall positive thing for the community of users and developers. And finally I'd like to thank our design team for doing such a great job with the logo.

 

This announcement, along with the other one I made last month around free EAP binaries, are probably two of the most significant things to happen to the project in a long time. I expect to see us all build upon these changes and continue to ensure that WildFly remains the top open source application server for developers and deployers alike. We'll be making a lot of other announcements over the coming months around WildFly and several of our other projects and products, so watch out. You'll also start to see a few other changes around our community developer efforts and JBoss.org, but I won't spoil the surprise just yet!

Over the years as JBoss and then Red Hat, we've tried very hard to ensure that we work as an open organisation helping our communities. Whether you're a paying customer using the subscription to get great support, or an organisation/individual who doesn't need support (maybe because you can self support) you're all important to the wider success of JBoss and enterprise open source. Now prior to Red Hat, we at JBoss would support pretty much any combination of projects and their versions, as well as the cross-product combination. Of course that couldn't scale indefinitely and when we were acquired by Red Hat we moved to a more stable and scalable solution: the products would only be based on a very specific version of each project at a given point. I won't go into the details of how we take the projects and create the products but suffice it to say that there's a lot of work done by the development teams, QE, docs and of course productisation. This work goes into the up stream community projects but it can take a while for us to create new community binaries that benefit from it, due mainly to the effort we have to put in to supporting our customers, building other releases etc.

 

Now it should not come as a surprise that open source is core to everything we do and everyone we employ. It's in our blood and we will do a lot to ensure it continues to be a success. Sometimes we hear that the community is lagging behind the products, or that we're not as responsive as some might want us to be because of our product focus. What we really want to do is give the best possible experiences to our customers and our wider community, with the best Java middleware implementations around. Therefore, we've been thinking long and hard about the problem and how to resolve it. It's not easy and there are a number of ways to try to tackle it. However, there is one solution we've come up with that I think allows us to continue to provide the best products and support to our customers whilst at the same time ensuring that our communities are able to benefit too in a much more timely manner. It is this solution that I want to announce today.

 

What we are proposing to do is pretty simple: from the point where we start to productise the community project (e.g., AS7.1) we will release all product builds that we create as a result of this process into the community (e.g., EAP 6.0 Alpha 1, which is based on AS 7.1) so that all developers within our communities or with our customers can take advantage of them immediately. There will be no other community binaries for that major release of the community project after that point because the product builds are effectively a superset and we hope more beneficial to most developers. Of course community builds of the next major revision of the project will happen in parallel so you'll be able to contribute to and track those separately, so it's not a case of replacing community with product-only binaries. We're also changing the download processes and license for EAP so that it is as easy for developers to get hold of these bits as it is to get the community binaries. The net result is that everyone gets to experience the product whether or not they buy a full subscription with support. Now of course the value of the full subscription is much more than just the product binaries and support, and we all hope that people will want to migrate to a full subscription, but it's not going to be a requirement unless you want to put JBoss products into deployment. If you are a developer then you can use the same binaries as customers with this new subscription without having to worry about evaluation periods, or missing critical bug fixes.

 

I believe this is a great step in the evolution of JBoss/Red Hat and enterprise open source in general. We're continually breaking down barriers to adoption of open source and enterprise middleware, whether by making EE6 much more easily consumable via approaches such as AS7 and CDI, or pushing into new communities with efforts such as TorqueBox or Immutant. With this change that I have announced, we're now removing another barrier by ensuring that all of our communities can get access to our product releases!

 

Onward!

Mark Little

A new JavaChampion

Posted by Mark Little Feb 5, 2013

Back in May 2012 I announced that Charlie Nutter and Thomas Enebo were moving over to Red Hat. Since that time they've worked flat out on JRuby and collaborating with the TorqueBox team. But I'm really pleased to see that Charlie has also been given the title of Java Champion:

 

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Congratulations Charlie! Another high point for JBoss, Red Hat and the extended Java community.

Mark Little

Adventures in Pi Land

Posted by Mark Little Dec 31, 2012

Happy new year to those of you for whom the day has changed and of course to everyone else when it happens! I just wanted to cross-post a couple of articles I've written on some of the pet projects I've been working on over this festive holiday season. They're related to the Raspberry Pi, Fuse Fabric, Arjuna/JBossTS/Narayana, vert.x and MongoD. So if you're interested, check out part one and then part two. And once again, I hope everyone has/had a very happy new year!

Mark Little

Merry JBoss Christmas

Posted by Mark Little Dec 25, 2012

It's Christmas day and I know many of you will be busy opening presents, eating lunch or just sleeping off the night before! But I did want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2013. It's been a great year for JBoss/Red Hat, what with the release of EAP 6, 3 JUDCons, a couple of acquisitions and a partridge in a pear tree! All of those things (with the one obvious exception!) in conjunction with EAP+OpenShift, our mobile work around AeroGear, a larger than ever JBossWorld/Summit, our continued invasion of JavaOne, hiring some of the key JRuby developers, and much much more go to show that not only do we have our mojo back but that we are breaking down some of those old perceptions that the JBoss brand is only associated with the application server. Our communities have grown, with the addition of new projects such as CapeDwarf, and others have just continued their expansion, like Arquillian. But at the heart of all of this success is one common component: you, our community. I cannot over state how important our communities are to me personally, but also to JBoss and Red Hat. You help to ground us in the realities of what users want now and in the future, shaping middleware not just in the Java space but across many other languages. Whether you provide code to a project, provide feedback, give use cases, or somehow give some other kind of input, you are members of the JBoss family. And for that, I thank you! Here's to 2013!

Mark Little

OpenShift goes on premise!

Posted by Mark Little Nov 28, 2012

I've been talking and presenting about cloud and PaaS for a number of years and each time I do, I say pretty much the same thing (and I paraphrase): "I think private (on premise) PaaS will be more important than public PaaS". I won't go into the reasons why, except to encourage anyone interested to check out some of the older posts. That's not to suggest that public Cloud isn't important or useful, which is why Red Hat has been making great strides with our OpenShift offerings, which we're proud to ensure remain open source. Over the last year or more, we've seen Java added to OpenShift, as well as JBossAS and EAP, and many other languages and frameworks are there too. The number of applications running on OpenShift has grown significantly since we officially released it last year and our community has increased much more.

 

However, although there is still a lot more we want to do on public OpenShift, the feedback we have been getting from community and customers has been the need for an on-premise offering. The intention with any on-premise PaaS has got to be that it's a cloud and not just a rebadged virtualisation offering and I'm really pleased to see that we've stuck to our principles with the announcement of OpenShift Enterprise. All of the things you've heard about OpenShift, such as its mission critical security (based on SELinux), flexibilty (multiple languages, frameworks etc.) and scalability (including, cloud bursting eventually) will be part of OpenShift Enterprise, the first enterprise PaaS. So what about JBoss? Well as I've said several times before, if you want an enterprise PaaS then you need an enterprise infrastructure (middleware), so it shouldn't come as a surprise that your favourite JBoss technologies and products will be coming to OpenShift Enterprise. In fact EAP and EWS (the production versions of the application server and Tomcat) are available already.

 

This is a very exciting time to be involved in middleware and the Cloud. I'm pleased that we can finally push forward on the larger vision we've been talking about for so long. And what next? Well maybe we'll be able to bring some of that ubiquitous computing cloud into the picture eventually

 

Onward!!

Mark Little

Devoxx 2012

Posted by Mark Little Nov 18, 2012

Devoxx has always been one of my favourite conferences. Back when JavaOne was more product (and Sun) oriented, it was a bastion of independence and what was going on in the wider Java community. Even today, with JavaOne improving, it is still an important conference. And that's even though I prefer it's old name of JavaPolis (what's that they say about trying to please all of the people all of the time?) This year was even bigger for Red Hat/JBoss. Not only did we have our usual healthy mix of sessions on things ranging from Arquillian to Polyglot, but we were a key sponsor. We payed for the party at Noxx, which was a very interesting venue. We also co-sponsored the Hackergarten, which was a great opportunity to meet like minded developers and community members.

 

Importantly, we also used Devoxx as part of our renaming exercise for JBossAS. However, we did have to change our original plans slightly. Back at JavaOne when we announced the rename, we thought that we'd have started and ended the name collection weeks ago and had a select number of names voted upon by Devoxx. In fact I worried about how we would choose the final number of names to put up for vote from those suggested by the community. How wrong I was. We received over 2000 names and from that there were almost as many unique entries. There were only a few names we obviously couldn't take forward and even less from people who suggested keeping the original name. However, then we ran into the reality of copyright and trademark law! For each name our legal team had to do an exhaustive search to ensure we would not be treading on some other company's name or product. And this search takes time - proportional to the number of names!

 

What this meant was we simply had no way to get the names ready for vote until just before Devoxx. So we decided to repurpose our Devoxx announcement (at the start of the keynote) to telling people the above story and announcing the names for vote. Now just as some people may not have liked the rename of JavaPolis to Devoxx, Marathon to Snickers, Borland to Inprise, or Coco Pops to Choco Krispies, some also don't like the rename of JBossAS or the selection of names we've ended up with. But from the feedback we've received, including during the Devoxx BOF (more below), it seems that the majority of people so far get it or don't see it as too much of a problem and can work with one or more of the names. Now that we've added more descriptions around the various names (thanks to the AS team expanding on those submitted originally) I hope people can see the potential with them and give it a chance. (If you feel otherwise, then feel free to email me as I value your feedback.)

 

After the keynote, Ray and I had a session where we tried to give an overview of all things JBoss related. We decided to reuse this years JBossWorld keynote, but without the audience participation in the demo. Ray did a great job of re-running the demo with bots playing the various roles and this was great too, since it shows how much we've simplified the testing and simulation of complex applications. And of course there was the BOF, which really could have run even longer if we'd had the room longer. There was a lot of good discussion and community involvement, as well as beer! And because we're good community members, we let our beer spill over into the adjacent BOFs

 

In conclusion, Devoxx was a great success. Our sessions went well. The community gave us a lot of great feedback. I got a chance to meet new people and friends. And the general vibrancy around the conference made a fitting conclusion to 4 months of travelling!

So Ray and I just finished our stint at the Devoxx keynote this morning to announce the names for voting. The video should be up soon but in case you don't get a good view of the Dilbert cartoon we used to explain the situation to the audience, here's the link. We were struggling with how best to let people know the difficulties in taking 1800+ submissions and getting them through the legal process, when Dilbert came to our rescue. I don't think we could have put it any more succinctly as this, so why bother?! Anyway, the voting process is now open and we'll be updating the pages on JBoss.org to try to add more flavour/meaning to the names that we eventually managed to get from the great submissions.

 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a name. There were many great names, but unfortunately we couldn't select the majority of them for reasons mentioned in the above cartoon. But the ones we have are good and I'm sure we can get behind whatever is eventually selected and make it a worthy successor to the JBossAS name! So get voting.

 

Onward!!

Mark Little

CME and QCon

Posted by Mark Little Nov 11, 2012

I'm just back from giving two very different presentations in the space of 4 days. The first was at the CME Technology Conference in Chicago, where I was invited to give the keynote. I gave an updated version of our vision of where cloud computing meets ubiquitous computing meets mobile. The room was packed and from the questions during and after, it went down well. The rest of the conference was interesting too, especially as many of the talks added more detail to some of the things I could only hint at within the keynote.

 

Then it was off to San Francisco and QCon. We were in the industrial track again this year, which had to be expanded to two tracks given the explosion of QCon attendance. Another result of their increased popularity was the move to another hotel, which had the added benefit of allowing everyone a chance to meet much more between sessions. I hope they do something similar for London, since the conference facilities they use there are too much of a rabbit warren.

 

Anyway, the talk I gave this year was based on the polyglot talk that Bob and I gave at JBossWorld. There were about 30 or so people in the room, which is good given the other tracks they had at the same time. And importantly, the audience asked a lot of questions throughout the presentation on our strategy, community interactions, and JBossEverywhere. I hope that some of them were interested enough to get involved with what we are doing and perhaps even start some similar projects in languages we can't cover at the moment. QCon takes immediate feedback from the attendees and then sends it to the presenter; the results of that were overwhelmingly positive too, so I'm hopeful that the projects I mentioned will see some benefits.

 

It's Devoxx in the next few days and raft of presentations and tutorials by JBoss people. I've got a keynote to give and maybe more. But once it's over that will mark the end of almost 4 months solid travel and presentations. Well almost ... There's one more to give in Boston in December, but then I'll be close to Christmas vacation and a chance to rest as well as catch up on some of my personal projects that have not had the attention they deserve recently, such as STM, mobile and Erlang.

Mark Little

JBossAS renaming update

Posted by Mark Little Nov 7, 2012

I just wanted to post a quick status update on the renaming of the core JBoss Application Server project. As you all know, we asked for the community to send in their suggestions for a new name a few weeks back. We were overwhelmed with the number of names we received (well over 1500!) With the benefit of hindsight this shouldn't have been a surprise, but the amount of names we received were a lot more than we expected. Unfortunately this has had an impact on our timescales. Whereas originally we thought that we'd be putting up the more popular names for a community vote by now, that hasn't been possible because we have had to go through these names and check them against trademark infringements etc. This takes a lot of time, proportional to the number of names we received and we're only just drawing that phase to a conclusion. So what this means is that rather than announce the results of the vote at Devoxx next week, we'll be announcing the names that we're going to vote on. At this stage we're looking at a voting period of a few weeks and that then takes us into the Christmas holidays, so we'll probably make the final announcement early in 2013.

I'm going to be giving the keynote at the Red Hat Developer Day in London in a couple of days time. You should come along and hear what we have to offer to developers and also what we'd like developers to help us with. I'll try and hang around as long as possible to speak to people, but unfortunately I'm actually on holiday this week and it's my wife's birthday the day of the event! So apologies in advance if I miss you this time around.

I'm just back from speaking at CLASS (Cloud Assisted Services) Conference in Bled, Slovenia, where I was asked to speak on the Red Hat vision on Cloud. Ales was also there talking about CapeDwarf and Trustin gave a tutorial on building applications on top of Infinispan. There were a lot of other speakers talking about their experiences and vision for Cloud, and it was good to meet some of them and see that our thoughts are in line with those of others. Unfortunately I was only able to spend a couple of days in the area and just one day at the conference, but it was still worth attending. Some areas of interest included listening to Ken Ducatel speaking about what the EU have planned in terms of security and authentication standards for all cloud vendors operating wthin the area, and then real world Cloud uses from Kate at Argonne National Laboratories and Christine from AmpLab.

 

But another important reason for attending the conference was that it was my first time in Slovenia and to meet the entire team based in the area. I was already impressed with the team (hey, they're JBoss engineers, so what else should you expect ?), but Slovenia was much more beautiful that I had expected. Upon reflection, if I'd done my homework or been awake on the flight from Paris to Ljubljana airport, I'd have seen much of this from the air. However, I didn't and it was a very pleasant surprise. I hope to have further opportunities to visit the area in the future and next time I'll spend more than a couple of days!

 

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Mark Little

JavaOne 2012

Posted by Mark Little Oct 10, 2012

I'm just back from JavaOne, where once again we had a great turn out for JBoss related sessions (almost a dozen!) I'm sure the other speakers will post blogs, if they haven't already, to give everyone an idea of how the event and their sessions went. My own were well attended and judging by the various comments in the talks and afterwards seemed to appeal (slides should be made available on the JavaOne site soon). I know that the "meet the EE7 experts" session was also well attended, but this time I was in the audience and Pete Muir did a great job of explaining some of the things we'd like to see improved in the standards as well as the way in which they're managed.

 

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Of course one of the things that has quickly become a tradition with JBoss (and a success) is our booth and the booth sessions/presentations that we do. There were 21 sessions this year and every time I swung past the booth it was packed! Many of them were recorded so they'll be online eventually, but this picture I took gives you an idea of the level of interest.

 

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And of course another tradition is the JBoss Party. We held it this year at the MOMA and although it was slow to get going, it quickly gained the momentum that is typically associated with out parties!

 

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Overall the feeling throughout JavaOne was great and I think JBoss and Red Hat participation was key to this. So here's looking forward to next year!

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