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JBoss World 2005 Conference - Day 1

Posted by tmarrs on February 28, 2005 at 8:00 PM PST

I'm here at the JBoss World 2005 Conference in Atlanta and I'll be providing daily coverage in my blog.

The conference started tonight with a welcome reception. I was surprised to see the level of vendor support for JBoss - these guys have come a long way in the last couple of years. The vendor list includes: Intel, HP, Iona, Novell, and Unisys. Both HP and Iona are now providing customer support for JBoss products. Novell and Unisys are adding JBoss-based products to their operating system and hardware product lines. There were two Open Source vendors as well: MySQL and JasperReports. MySQL is one of the most popular Open Source database platforms, and JasperReports (a SourceForge project) is a powerful reporting engine.

The notable attendees at the reception were:

Marc Fleury - JBoss President, who welcomed us to the conference.

Norman Richards - Co-author of XDoclet in Action. He's responsible for upgrading the core JBoss documentation you'll be seeing with JBoss 4.x

Richard Monson-Haefel - Currently with the Burton Group, he is the author of the popular EJB book for O'Reilly. He also wrote J2EE Web Services. Richard is moderating the JBoss customer panel on Day 2.

The Open Source community in general is gaining tremendous momentum in industry, and the level of enthusiasm for JBoss relfects this trend.

On Day 2, I'm looking forward to sessions on: EJB 3.0 & AOP, JBoss Portal, jBPM (an Open Source workflow engine). I'm also interested in learning about tuning and scaling the application server.

Tomorrow, I'll tell you about the opening keynote and the sessions that I attended.

Stay tuned.

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