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From Matt Hogstrom <m...@hogstrom.org>
Subject Atlanta JUG
Date Wed, 18 Oct 2006 03:25:02 GMT
I had the opportunity to speak to some folks at the Atlanta JUG  
tonight and thought I'd share the feedback.

First off, the JUG was held at the Atlanta Holiday Inn and was  
located in two adjacent rooms.  I can't recall the exact number but I  
think there were about 60 people in attendance.  It was one of the  
better organized JUG's I've had the opportunity to attend.  Burr  
Sutter was an excellent host and did a great job pulling the event  
together.

There were a few folks who figured this was JBoss country and that it  
might be a "dangerous" trip :)  I'm happy to report there were  
several JBoss employees at the JUG but they were very welcoming and  
we had a great chat after the event.  It was interesting swapping  
stories about Open Source and comparing and contrasting the JBoss  
model versus Apache.  I really enjoyed it.

All in all people were really interested in Geronimo and had most of  
their experience on JBoss.  They liked the modular architecture and  
some of the things that were coming in 1.2 (caching, 1.5 support, and  
possible OpenJPA).  They also liked the Yoko option to give  
flexibility in changing VMs.  I was surprised that many of the folks  
used CORBA and this was an important function for them.  I was also  
surprised when several of the folks indicated that they used EJBs and  
XA 2-phase commit.  I told them about D Jencks Tx Manager and told  
them I'd relay their level of interest.

There were several people that were interested in JEE 5 support and I  
told them that D Blevins and folks were working away and we'd like to  
get something in their hands sooner than later.

There was also a short discussion about why GBeans (from one of the  
JBoss guys) and we talked about the progression of GBeans and pointed  
them to the dev list and Dain for the more detailed discussion.  They  
seemed to understand our additional requirements and the conversation  
was again really productive.

Someone came up to me and mentioned that Intalio was shipping  
Geronimo and using it.  I didn't know this.

All in all it was a great meeting and in Atlanta people are waiting  
to see great things from Geronimo.  Just thought I'd provide the  
feedback.

Cheers.

Matt Hogstrom
matt@hogstrom.org




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