TheServerSide has a good record of picking nice spots for their conferences, and this year’s Java Symposium in Prague is no exception.
It’s looking to be a fun event, as I’m going to meet not just lots of old friends, but also the winners of our first OpenSpaces developer contest. I’ve already written about the contest and some of the submissions in a previous post. If you haven’t already, check it out ,as we decided to continue with the contest next year and use TSSJS as an opportunity for attendees to apply for “early bird scholarships” worth $1,000 each — all this at an award ceremony we’re holding in Prague during the show. Besides free booze and food at this event, we’re going to show a nice video featuring the judges of the competition. Those who worked with Alit through the current competition will probably be happy to know that she is going lead this part of the show together with John Davis who was one of the Judges.
I’m going to be there with some of my colleagues from GigaSpaces, namely Shay Banon and Uri Cohen.
My presentation is titled Getting ready for the cloud but it really talks about the next wave in distributed computing in which clouds plays an important role and have the potential of changing many of the things we used to do in the past.
Banon will be talking about some of the work that he’s been doing with Mule, Lucerne/Compass and Spring in his session Beyond Data Grids. I’ve seen him discussing some of these topics in Las Vegas this year, so I know it’s going to be really interesting. Last time it sparked many questions about how clustering technologies can deal with scaling challenges, how in-memory data grids can replace or co-exist with traditional databases, and how they can be applied to different frameworks given real life examples.
Uri is going to talk about his experience in building scalable web 2.0 applications using Ajax, Tomcat and Spring MVC, and running on the Amazon EC2 cloud. He will discuss specific patterns for dealing with Ajax scaling issues, and also provide patterns and tips for moving from a tier-based to a scale-out model based on recent work he’s done with JBoss and, of course, GigaSpaces.
The TSS event is also going to be a good opportunity for us to expose some of our latest development in our upcoming 6.5 release,such as the new Service Virtualization Framework (based on Spring Remoting), Dynamic language support, extended support for hibernate and enhanced database integration, built-in Maven support, support for Spring 2.5 annotations and enhanced administrative and real-time monitoring.
Mule users will also benefit from our extensive support for the Mule ESB. We’re also going to show some of the latest developments with EC2 and cloud computing environments. Even though TSS events tends to be Java-centric, I believe that Java users will be happy to learn about our interoperability among Java, C++ and .Net. For those unfamiliar with it, I would recommend giving it a closer look as it provides high performance and an extremely simple alternative for making the language barrier pretty much obsolete.
There is much more to it than I can cover in this post. In fact, we realized that an entire post will not be enough to cover all the relevant content of our 6.5 release, so expect to see several dedicated posts in the coming weeks — here and on the GigaSpaces Blog — covering different aspects of new features, including some “behind-the-scenes” stories. Stay tuned!