It’s the last day of TSSJS here in Las Vegas and it’s been a really successful and fun conference so far. The skill level of the attendees is great, meaning a lot of meaningful conversations on the industry and trends in development. On Wednesday, our CEO Steve Montal gave a quick 5 minute overview of our current and upcoming technologies like Resin 4 with Java CanDI and cloud support as well as Quercus. There was a lot to pack in, but even this short speech garnered us a lot of attention. We also handed out our Resin 4 whitepaper which I think was well-received.
Thursday was a particularly interesting day because of talks at the beginning and end. Rod Johnson started out with a talk on Spring, where he (once again) declared JavaEE unnecessary and overly complicated. He claimed that an acquisition of Sun by IBM would be meaningless to developers, because nobody cares what they do anyway. It was a bit controversial to say the least. The part that irked me the most was that he claimed that SpringSource is the only independent application server vendor left… Caucho has been around for 10 years and is going strong, even in this economy. We predate Tomcat and SpringSource, so I think Rod was mistaken on this point.
At the end of the day, Reza Rahman lead a discussion of the direction and progress of JavaEE 6. We’re targeting the Web Profile and we’re participating in the JSR-299 (Java CanDI) expert group, so naturally we were interested in the community’s opinion of the new standard. There was an interesting debate on the contents of the Web Profile, with a lot people arguing for a profile that does not include a view technology. Reza explained that the view of the committee was that a JavaEE certified project needs to be able to build a complete application out of the box without add-ons, yet not prevent add-ons. The Web Profile is targeted at the 80% of developers who don’t need the extra bells and whistles of the full profile.
It turns out that the only thing holding up JavaEE 6 is the debate over Java CanDI and whether it should be included. There are not a lot of complaints about the technology itself, but rather its scope. What I found interesting is that while this topic seemed to be very contentious within the JEE 6 EG, the attendees of this session just wanted Java CanDI in. Its utility was apparent to them and they didn’t care about the political debate, they just want it in. Of course, that’s just what I heard…
Update: If you want the Java EE 6 spec committee to include Java CanDI (aka JCDI, aka JSR-299), let them know at firstname.lastname@example.org