OSCON Java Day 5: Java Finale -- A Preview

by Steve Anglin

Related link: http://conferences.oreillynet.com/pub/w/15/track_java.html

The unofficial 2002 O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) Java conference wraps up on Friday with four sessions on NetBeans, Tomcat Clustering, JBoss, and Java for Mobile Devices/Mod_Perl.

NetBeans project lead Tim Boudreau will show you how to build applications based on the NetBeans Platform. If you program in Java, you are probably familiar with the NetBeans IDE. What you may be less familiar with is using the NetBeans core to build your own desktop applications. This session will cover the NetBeans APIs and some examples of how you can build more robust applications faster, using the NetBeans Platform to provide the basic infrastructure any large desktop application needs.

Next, Jason Brittain of CollabNet will talk about the Apache Jakarta Tomcat 4.0 clustering models and implementations. Eventually, one machine just isn't enough for high traffic sites that use Java servlets. Regardless of whether it's for better scalability or for fault tolerance, eventually your servlets will need to run on more than one server machine. To help you set up and maintain a clustered Tomcat 4 system, you should understand some of the details of the models and existing implementations of Tomcat 4 clustering infrastructure software. In addition to this session, you read the following article: Clustering with Tomcat.

After lunch, learn how JBoss 3.0 reduces development time and cost by Dain Sundstrom of the JBoss Group. JBoss has always been focused on making J2EE development painless and efficient. The most recent JBoss release, JBoss 3.0, includes several features that highlight how the efficiencies of J2EE (including a decrease in coding time, testing time and administration) can be fully realized. Certain core JBoss features will be discussed in detail with regard to providing an example of how to develop with these efficiencies in mind, including CMP 2.0, clustering,
hot-deployable services, and JMX.

And to cap it all off, Gunther Birznieks of eXtropia will talk about Java for mobile devices and/with Mod_Perl. This should be interesting to learn how Java 2ME and Mod_Perl come into play along with the WAP or other wireless protocols.

See you all there at these sessions. I will cover these sessions and wrap-it all up in our 2002 OSCON Java conference wrap-up report next week, to be published on ONJava.com.

Based on all the excitement over the many open source Java projects presented and taught at this year's OSCON, would you like to see an official OSCON Java Conference starting next year? Please share your views here.