Jazoon 2009: Day 3

Last day of this years Jazoon.

  • The Android Runtime Environment by Joerg Pleumann from Noser Engineering (which contribute a lot to the Android codebase)
  • Android Application Model by Dominik Gruntz
  • Ed Burns on JavaEE and JavaFX integration. Entertaining and interesting as usual. Thanks Ed !
  • Daniel Seiler on the ZK Ajax framework. Thanks for the confirmation of my choice of framework.

My final resume and feedback:

  • A very good location in terms of conference room quality, since this is a movie theatre with great accoustic and projection.
  • Good mix of topics and tracks. Anyone who is doing something with Java will find his cup of tea (eeer.. Java).
  • Some “famous” folks to get hands on them and discuss face to face.
  • As in all conferences: some speakers cannot present. Sorry to say so. It is boring to read slides with tons of text.
  • Not enough wireless “plugins”. Seems some of the attendees were operating datacentres during the conference and hacking away during the whole time. Thanks for not sharing wireless space.
  • Maybe a bit too expensive, but location, catering and speakers cost money I guess.
  • I will join this event again next year.

Jazoon 2009: Day 2

Skipping the keynote I joined the following sessions:

  • Securing AJAX Applications by Moritz Kuhn and Philipp Färber from AdNovum Informatik AG
  • A complete Tour of JSF 2.0 (again by Ed Burns)
  • SLF4J and logback by Ceki Gülcü from QOS.CH. I will definitely look at this logging framework soon as an powerful alternative to standard java.util.logging (link)
  • Short introduction to JavaFX Rich Internet Applications connecting to GlassFish Java EE 5 services by Ludovic Champenois from Sun Microsystems.
  • Gaming with JavaFX: Developing the Next Generation of Casual Games

New to Jazoon was the Jazoon Rookie Contest, where the 3 choosen finalists presenteded their concepts, ideas or application. This years winners is João Arthur Brunet Monteiro with quite an impressive wizard to verify sourcecode against design conventions (read more at jazoon.com).The day ended with Jazoon Party.

More info on Jazoon 2009 at jazoon.com.

Jazoon 2009: Day 0 – Glassfishday

Before the official start of the 3 day conference one could join either an OSGi conference or the Glassfish Community Day, I selected the later one and got some updates on Glassfish V3 and upcoming Java EE6. Alexis MP on Glassfish, its roadmap and features of the Enterprise Manager (you get as subscriber). Roberto Chinnici (JSR lead) on the the latest developments in EE6 due to be out in September this year. Marek Potociar on Metro, the Webservice stack in Glassfish. Jerome Doches on Glassfish V3 (now out as preview version). Ed Burns on JSF 2.0.

Definitely a day worth attending (even it was free), this year surely gonna be interesting with some new releases around the corner.


  • Polling the crowd I noticed the majority uses Eclipse, followed by Netbeans and some using IntelliJ IDEA.
  • Glassfish has the steepest download rate of all application server, the competing products are even declining. (Not sure about that)
  • Seems the final releas of Netbeans 6.7 will be out this week.
  • There will be a Netbeans 6.8. I thought we are walking towards version 7.

OSSPAC 2009 – Open Source in Singapore


– The first (of its kind in Singapore?) conference attracts developers, adopters and companies from Singapore and the neighboring countries to follow a diverse string of sessions, talks and labs for 3 days this week.
From some very general talks and keynotes to very specific technical sessions and labs everyone should have found his cup of tea. I was surprised by the small number of participants, despite Singapore being a technology hub (not in terms of OS..) and attending the SUN TechDays (blog entry) some 2..3 weeks back with a overwhelming number of people (a commercial roadshow at the fraction of the price, I know).
The conference reflects the OSS landscape in Singapore: Small and not very vivid (yet) as in other countries and cities around the world. Still a way to go ! It lives by participation ! I try to add to it.

I like to compare OS communities a bit with the arts scene, it starts very small, usually by individuals or small groups without any professional or commercial backing, eventually it would pick up pace and more people join in and ultimately companies to sponsor or finance it. It (the initial spark) cannot be engaged, enforced or bought.
Joining last years OS conference in Sydney Australia (blog entry), I found a very vivid and colorful event, some of that spirit could be injected here.

I really welcome the organizers effort to get this conference started, hoping this will be a regular event in the OSS community of Singapore. So far it was worth attending, some very good speakers and  I get to know some new people, companies and products.


  • A simpler conference location could bring down the price and allow more individuals to join.
  • Try to inject more interaction. (QA for keynotes)
  • Maybe you need a moderator for the individual tracks.
  • Where are the lightning talks ?
  • OSS conferences are not a place to wear ties.
  • The light (and sometimes the sound) setup was crap. But thats a general conference problem.

Conclusion (for me):

  • I will join again. OS is based on community and particpation.
  • Gonna hava mor detailed look at Jaspersoft BI and Ingres DB.
  • Signed up for Suse studio !

SUN Techdays Singapore 2009 résumé

2 days packed with sessions, demos and hands-on labs ! It was a SUN event, and SUN folks also learned to celebrate themselves with loud music and big-bang entertaining keynotes. Fine with me, part of the show. Obviously everything evolved around SUN technology and everything they support.

The products, technology and key/buzzwords were clearly:

  • Cloudcomputing
  • Open Source
  • Open Solaris
  • Virtual Box
  • Netbeans
  • Glassfish
  • MySQL
  • JavaFX

Most of the sessions were useful, or at least you got an overview of some new stuff or ideas.The hands-on labs were not as good because the trainer(s) needed to spend some of the time helping people to install Netbeans or xyz plugins (which is an audience problem) and beyond that is not useful to let the attending folks read the instructions from a zip-file and DIY while the trainer is available for questions (in Singapore hardly anyone ask anything).
It is always good for networking (and free food) to join these kind of conferences. Btw, the conference fee was 80.- SGD for 2 days (hands-on lab extra 50.- SGD each)

My highlights:

  • Simon Ritter (blog) presenting Wii Remote with JavaFX and SunSpots Technology (link)
  • Carol MacDonald (blog) on JMaki, Comet, Grizzly and EJB (Spring vs. Seam vs.  plain JPA)


  • I will join the next TechDays.
  • I am installing OpenSolaris right now on a notebook (after checking with device detection tool, link).
  • I will continue to use the SUN (related) products that I already use (Netbeans, Glassfish, MySQL, Virtual Box)

SUN Tech Days Singapore 2009

The 2009 event in Singapore is open for registration (link). For an early bird fee of 40.00 SGD you can join the conference and attend up to 4 hands-on session for 50.00 SGD each.
The sessions cover:
– Learn to Build Reliable and Secure Web Services using JAX-WS and WSIT
– Building Rich Web applications with Ajax Framework
– Rich Client Applications: Getting Started with the JavaFX Preview SDK
– Exposing the Depths of Java Applications with DTrace

OSDC 2008

Half way through the conference (link),inclusive of one day Google Hackathon. A developer conference like this one offers a wide variety of characters and looks, some of them confirming the usual bias stereotype picture that non-techy people have of geeks, prgrammers and techies with long hairs and T-Shirts with some kind of IT related statement though. There are no ties and suits but lots of passionate guys (and few gals) following the various techy tracks. Amazing enough, I never saw so many people typing aways on some sort of shells and terminals on Linux or MAC Notebooks (Windoos?) during the session
and occasionally looking up and asking questions. There is also the usual religious discussions, views and jokes about the various OS and programming languages and specifically about open source against propietary software or companies supporting it or not.

On the first day, during the Google Hackathon, I get my hands dirty on Googles Social API, Google Maps and the Apps Engine. For the rest of the time there are at almost any time at least 3 different talks, sessions or presentations going on and to choose from. Some rather generic topics, some so narrow and focused on a certain feature, that you wont carry away a lot if you are not into it.
Among the highlight of this years conference so far were they keynotes by Larry Wall (the brain behind Perl, see Wikipedia link) and Chirs DiBona from Google California (handling some opensource related licensing stuff).
So bias we are occasionally towards developer and geeks, so much I enjoyed some of the very entertaining and teaching sessions, not to talk about the Lightning Talks which are an experience of a kind !

Roundup ITARC 2008 Singapore

Last monday and tuesday I attended the ITARC conference by IASA. Or in more descriptive words: The IT Architect Regional Conference organized by the International Association of Software Architects (Singapore chapter). IASA establish a association and community of IT architects worldwide with roughly 7000 plus members in 50 countries. Software architect is a profession performed by many but hardly recognized as such.

Drop by their website to learn more (link)

The conference: A 2 day marathon of sessions, talks and tracks covering a wide field of enterprise IT topics. It was worth joining, not only because 2 “celebrities” enlighten the crowd of about 100 people with their thoughts and experience in the domain. I was a bit disappointed though that the announced Grady Booch (inventor of UML) didnt show up in real, but in SecondLife (which didnt work out due to network problems or whatsoever). Of course he is busy and we cannot expect that he flies around the planet to share his experience, but the organizer should announce this way of presentation in advance, so everyone can adjust his expectations ! To be honest, I have the same value if I watch a video on InfoQ (link).
The second known IT expert was Scott Ambler, which I appreciate for his work and agile methodology. He appeared in real, but he is an experienced presenter and talker and has a strong standpoint, so in a QA session you can just throw questions at him without getting mouthful back.
What I dont like, is presenter show up for their presentation and otherwise you dont see them around to talk to them in between the sessions. Anyway, most of the other presentations were worth listening too and networking should be always on your agenda.

I want to highlight 2 more presentations which I really enjoyed:
Paul Glenn “Motivating Geeks” (link)
Prof Jill Slay “SCADA security architecture” (link)

And a last word to my fellow attendants:

– You should join this kind of conference because you are genuinely interested not because your boss sends you or you are eying on freebies and lucky-draws or early end and go shopping in the nearby shopping centers.
– Stop making phonecalls, reading your emails and talking during the session. Get out and do your business if you cant be offline for 45 minutes !
– You should become or work as an Architect because it is what you like to do, not because you find the title so cool on your namecard or hoping for a ridiculous high paycheck.
– Be interactive ! Ask questions and help the presenter when she or he polls around or tries to get attendants involved into the session (but thats a local culture thing, so unlikely thats going to change).

Looking forward to ITARC 2009…