Posted by gsporar
on March 27, 2007 at 3:03 PM PDT
I spent most of last week in Las Vegas at TheServerSide Java Symposium. It was well done and informative. Read on for more details on what I enjoyed the most.
TheServerSide Java Symposium was
in Las Vegas on March 21-23 .
year was my first to speak (and attend, for that matter). It was
a well-organized conference with some top-notch content. The
sessions that I enjoyed the most were:
The Enterprise Service Bus: Do We Really Need It? By
Mark Richards of IBM. Mark is an excellent and
entertaining speaker. This presentation was similar (but
not identical) to a
presentation of his that is posted out
on InfoQ . The answer to the question in the title of the
presentation is, not surprisingly, "it depends" on your needs.
One of the real values of the presentation is Mark's deciphering
of the various vendors' descriptions of what an Enterprise
Service Bus actually is.
Measuring Up Performance by
Kirk Pepperdine . This presentation
is drawn from Kirk's consulting experience. He discussed performance
tuning anti-patterns. In other words, things that people do wrong
when they are attempting to solve performance problems. I recognized
my behavior in one of the anti-patterns that he described. I discussed
it the following day
during my presentation: Memory Leaks in Java Applications:
Different Tools for Different Types of Leaks .
Glassbox: Open Source Monitoring and Troubleshooting
by Ron Bodkin . I had heard of Glassbox
but had not had a chance to study it. Ron included some very nicely done
demos which helped highlight the value that Glassbox provides. I could see
using it to help do an initial narrowing-down of performance problems on a web
Effective Concurrent Java
and Java Performance Myths: "How do JVMs Really Work?" by
Brian Goetz . I had exchanged
emails with Brian, but had never met him before. He's an excellent
public speaker. Through a scheduling quirk, he ended up doing both his
talks on the same day - and he did the performance myths
talk twice. He was still going strong at the end of the day which was impressive.
Anyway, of all the material in the performance myths talk the most important
is this: advice on how to write Java code that performs well is short-lived because
the JVM keeps improving all the time. So
if someone gives you a tip, double-check to make sure it is still valid.
JRuby: Ruby-Tinted Classes
by Charles Nutter and
Thomas Enebo .
I don't know much about Ruby -
although I have
read some books about it .
To me there were two things that were really interesting about this presentation.
First, they started by doing a poll on usage of Ruby and a lot more hands
went up than a year ago (according to the presenters). Second, they included
a demo of the
Ruby support available in
the NetBeans IDE . For those of you
who have an interest in that Ruby support, be sure to come to NetBeans Day
on May 7 (it's free, but you do have to
register , more info.
Next up for TheServerSide Java Symposium: Barcelona in June . Necssito diccionari anglÃ¨s-catalÃ . :-)