Last Friday we discussed a number of topics, but the only technical subject that came up was the naming for the BAM API. I’ll discuss that first. As you may know, we’ve been working on BAM for sometime now and even given a few talks on it. We’re using it extensively for the internals of the dynamic clustering implementation, but originally we were planning on making it a public API for games, finance, and other messaging based applications. That’s still the goal, but the other work on Resin 4.0 has pushed back the time line for the release of BAM at the user level.
After attending this week’s SF Java Meetup on Scala, I started comparing Scala’s actors and BAM agents/services. There are a lot of similar concepts, but this started us thinking about whether we shouldn’t rename the A in BAM, which currently stands for agent, to actor. Well, BAM can handle the duties of an actor, but it actually makes more sense to think of the building blocks as services. So it may turn out that like many architectural/standard acronyms, the letters of BAM won’t actually stand for anything. Anyway, we decided that our interfaces will have the prefix Bam*, while abstract classes will not. And the word “agent” is going away…
As for the non-technical points we touched on, probably the most relevant is the reorganization of the documentation. We’ve got a lot of docs, but they’re a bit scattered, so we’re planning on refining them and putting them into a book-like structure. There’ll be three parts to the book: an administrator guide, a developer guide, and a cookbook. As you may have noticed, we’re moving to a completely WebBeans-based configuration model. If you saw my post from last week, you know that tooling for WebBeans should be extremely useful and straightforward. Because of this, we may decide to create a doclet that outputs documentation of our configuration directly from the code!
A couple of other small topics came up this week as well. Many of you may know that we’ve been sending out a Caucho monthly email newsletter since last September, but we never actually had a formal way to sign up for it. We’ll this week we’ll be changing that by allowing you to sign up on the site and to view the past newsletters. Just keep checking the front page of caucho.com and you’ll see it as a new tab. The last thing that came up was our training course. The second class will be here in just over a week! There’s still a couple spots left, so if you’ve been putting off signing up, now it the time to do it. This week I’ll be putting in a few updates and polishing the material, so it should be a good one.