A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the first JBoss Users Conference held in Latin America. I’m not sure there’s a better place than a JUDCon where JBoss users, community members and core developers can get together and talk, work, and socialize.
JUDCon Brazil 2013 was very successful and really well attended — much like the other seven previous JUDCons. I met in person a lot of people that before this I had only known online as part of the JBoss communities or even by reputation. Plus, I was able to meet quite a few of the folks that work at Red Hat in Brazil.
I gave two talks at the conference. The first was about ModeShape 3 and was an introduction to using ModeShape as a consistent, in-memory, hierarchical database. I covered how you can make your content adhere to a schema, be completely schema-less, or something in between. I also talked about sequencing and federation, two features that are unique to ModeShape.
My second talk was an overview of the JBoss Enterprise Data Services (EDS) platform, which one of Red Hat’s supported middleware platforms that allows you to virtualize your existing databases and data services into unified virtual databases. In effect, you can turn the data you have into the information you need, in real-time. Applications see these virtual databases just as regular database, and they use JPA, JDBC, ODBC, or web services (RESTful and SOAP) to query and update the data. But as the applications interact with the virtual database, EDS transparently operates against the actual underlying (and heterogeneous) data stores and services. It really is a very cool piece of technology.
The slides for these talks are not yet online, but hopefully they’ll be available in the next few weeks. When they are, I’ll let you know.
And finally, the big news of the conference was that JBoss announced the new name for JBoss Application Servers: WildFly.