Special thanks to Spike Washburn and Jim McLoughlin for coming out to our group and talking about building and deploying JBoss applications in CloudBees.  And to those that people who braved the rain, they were fortunate to see an impressive magic show.

 

The tagline for the talk of 'From Zero to Continuous Deployment in minutes' was unbelievable true.  If you're like me and find yourself working on multiple projects throughout the year, a lot of the mundane tasks associated with these new projects revolve around the project bootstrap phase.  Setting up a new code repository, setting up a new maven repository for your custom artifacts, installing jenkins and Sonar, installing multiple dev/test/prod instances of JBoss and MySQL to support development activities.  All of this can take weeks - depending on whether or not the right resources are available.  But all of this accidental complexity is getting in the way of our ability to write code that takes your requirements and turns them into fully functional applications.

 

Spike showed us an alternative approach with CloudBees. In an one hour talk, he was able to deploy multiple new MySQL instance, a new JBoss AS 7 instance, 3 different applications, and switch between a dev and qa instance.  He even had time left to demonstrate true continuous deployment that was triggered by a git commit and a kicked off a Jenkins build that then deployed the new code base to a running JBoss AS 7 instance. 

 

Project Bootstrap will never be that same again.  Code Monkeys - start your IDEs.

Over the next few months we have a number of big talks coming up that I wanted to let you all know about.  Details for all of these are on our meet up site:  http://www.meetup.com/dc-jbug


18 April – CloudBees Workshop with Spike Washburn, VP of Engineering.

19 April – Partner Event with CapCloudDC .  Java PaaS with CloudBees

  9 May –  Developing Mobile Applications with OpenShift, MongoDB and Appcelerator.   Grant Shipley, PaaS Evangelist, Red Hat

10 May –  Partner Event with Cloud DC. Build your own privately hosted OpenShift.  Grant Shipley, PaaS Evangelist Red Hat
13 June – Ceylon : A new language for the JVM. Gavin King, Fellow, Jboss by Red Hat

 

Also in the tentative planning stages – a program in July on HornetQ messaging and a JBoss Application Server InstallFest in August.  Details about the programs will be forthcoming.  Unless noted on the calendar, we meet on the second Wednesday of each month and reserve time for networking and open forums.

 

Finally,  don't forget about the Jboss Users Developer Conference, Jboss World and Red Hat Summit conference in Boston, Massachusetts from June 25-June 29. 

 

Details about this are available at: http://www.redhat.com/summit/ and http://www.jboss.org/events/JUDCon/2012/boston