Last weekend I attended the No Fluff Just Stuff Atlanta as a speaker. The series has a wide set of topics ranging from front-end development to ESB. There was something for everyone doing enterprise computing. I especially enjoyed the general session talk “No I Won’t Tell You Which Web Framework to Use…” by Scott Davis and Neal Ford’s presentation “Building DSLs in Static and Dynamic Languages.”
One recurring theme gaining momentum this year is turning Java into a platform for creating and using other languages. Java 6 introduced inherent support for hosting dynamic languages (see also Apache’s Bsf). It’s interesting to see how people are using or plan to use dynamic languages in their development. Groovy/Grails are definitely catching people’s attention. I heard less of Rails and more of Grails (hmmm…. it could be because I of my own bias). While Grails provides a world class web framework, the focus is also on “how to use Groovy as the glue code to quickly integrate the heavier static Java components at the edge layers.”
My JMX Presentation
People are still interested in JMX. If anything, just out of curiosity to see what JMX is about. Not suprisingly, more and more people are using JConsole (which is good). But, not too many folks realize that, they too, can create apps that can expose management components in JConsole. So, I will continue to talk about Jmx.