It’s becoming a regular feature of life here in DSI: my colleague Yagiz makes the long trek West to San Francisco to JavaOne, and I head East to [tag]Antwerp[/tag] for [tag]SpringOne[/tag]. Antwerp is pretty much due East of Cork, but despite similar latitudes its weather is (perhaps no surprise to Irish readers) much better. I left torrential Summer rains behind and found cloud-covered but dry and warm conditions on my arrival.
Last year, Yagiz and I were presenting at SpringOne – a distraction in many ways from some of the content of the conference itself. This year there are no such distractions. The conference is spread across three days, and I have questions! The principle questions I came armed with were
- What’s the big deal about [tag]OSGi[/tag] – what does it promise from a development environment point of view (its run-time role is clearer).
- What is the future of [tag]Spring.NET[/tag]. Our .NET architect Stan is contributing now to the Spring.NET codebase, and I’d like to hear from Messrs Pollack and Seovic about what the news at Interface 21 means for their work.
- Who is using annotations and why (as opposed to XML config)?
as well as a few others supplied by my colleagues.
The keynote from [tag]Rod Johnson[/tag] and others is very comforting to .NET developers. Rod wasn’t talking for more than 5 minutes before he introduced Mark Pollack onto the stage to give a demo of the use of Spring.NET. First big difference this year is the presence of video cameras. From August, most of this conferences talks will be available on Parleys.com.
“Spring is as much a collection of best practices as it is a Java technology”
“Spring.NET an integral part of the Spring portfolio.”
I guess this is a statement of serious intent with regards to Spring .NET.
Rod made an interesting analogy to explain the Spring Framework’s place in the development world. He calls it The Eclipse Effect: Eclipse shows a potential advantage of convergence on a solution, rather than a larger set of competing solutions. It allows for innovation and competition within the solution. So Rod clearly sees (and backs up his view using consultant opinion) that Spring is now the de facto platform for enterprise development.
Most of the keynote has been about how Interface 21’s 10 Million VC funds are going to be used. It all boils down to this: The money is being ploughed back into making I21 a professional organization with real PR, Sales, Marketing and Admin capacity on top of the existing technical expertise. This means lots of new hires. Rod is moving to the Silicon Valley, where a new corporate presence will be established. The UK will remain the centre of code development, based in Southampton.
Remaining on a business theme (which has featured in a surprisingly high percentage of the keynote so far – I wonder how this is going down with a principally technical audience) i21 will begin to roll out strategic partnership, including partnerships with ISVs. Something to keep a sharp eye on there for sure.
The keynote is wrapping up on technical themes: Spring Batch, [tag]Spring WebFlow[/tag] and [tag]Spring IDE[/tag] being the more prominent.
Compared to last year, where SpringMVC was referred to in great detail, Webflow appears more central this year. Very importantly, there is support for JSF 1.1 as part of this tool.
More later, and over the following days.