I had a blast at The ServerSide.com Symposium. I spoke with Gavin King of hibernate fame, Erik Hatcher of Apache Jakarta fame, Howard Lewis Ship of tapestry fame , Mike Cannon-Brookes of OpenSymphony, and a few others to the wee hours of the morning. Being around all of these Java OpenSource leaders has inspired me to get more involved in open source development. Right now I am working on the Mastering Struts book, and then the Java Tools for Extreme Programming 2nd edition. Oh yeah.... I am going to be a father again so I don't know when, but I know I will.
I also want to get up to speed on Hibernate as soon as possible. It seems like something I would use. I currently use EJB CMP CMR 2.x. I am not that thrilled about JDO. This is the one open source project I would be most likely to get involved in.
I currently use Struts for my J2EE web component framework, but in the future I will look into WebWork (part of OpenSymphony) and/or Tapestry. It is interesting that both WebWork and Tapestry use Ognl as their expression language. Ognl was developed right here in Tucson by a guy that Erik Hatcher and I worked with.... Drew Davidson of Ognl and WebOgnl Fame .
I could only stay Friday. I had to leave Sat. It had been a while since I had seen my family. I was in Chicago on biz before I went to Boston. I did read through most of the slides. I kept hearing about Aspects, Aspects, and Aspects! I guess I have to bite the bullet and start messing around with Aspects too.
Some other points of note.... Erik Hatcher gave a really solid talk on Advanced Struts. I learned a few more tricks. Thanks Erik. Vincent Massol of Cactus fame gave a great talk on Unit testing, Cactus and Mock Objects. I did not see his Maven talk, but I did look throught the slides. Maven is defintely something I will use in the near future. Vincent is a genious.
I did not get to see Crazy Bob talk but I read through his slides on JMX and Aspects. Very cool stuff.
All in all, I had a blast at The ServerSide Symposium, The talent level of the speakers was truly stellar.