Saturday, November 8, 2008

Colorado Software Summit 2008 CD-ROM

I received my copy of the post-conference CD-ROM for the Colorado Software Summit 2008 yesterday morning (Friday, November 7). This 670MB resource contains the latest versions of speakers' slides that include changes made during the conference in response to participants' feedback. For example, I added several slides to my presentations based on feedback and even included some slides specifically calling out the questions asked with answers. Later in this blog entry, I'll reference some of my previous blog entries that are tightly coupled with my slides and/or code examples on the CD-ROM.

There are several advantages to having each speaker present on each of his or her two topics three times each during the week. Besides the obvious advantages of reduced conflicts between an attendee's most desired sessions and the ability to hear from others which presentations are "must-see," a third advantage is that speakers can and often do include feedback from previous presentations of the same slides into the next presentation. The slides on the post-conference CD are often improved from the original slides provided on the pre-conference USB drive.

Besides the slides, several presenters provided the code examples they demonstrated. I am particularly looking forward to looking at and running the code examples that accompanied Matthew Wakeling's presentation "Performance Engineering from Scratch."

I was surprised at the number of photographs included on the CD-ROM. I submitted a relatively small number of photographs of the conference center and of the Keystone area, but one or more of the other contributors of photographs really went all out. There are over 350 photographs on the CD that include photographs of the sessions, of the attendees, and many of the beautiful scenery in the area.

I tried to include README.txt (or similarly named) files in each directory in the examples I included on the CD-ROM. There is a "jmx" directory under which all of my examples for "Java Management Extensions Circa 2008" presentation reside. All directories other than this "jmx" directory are related to examples for my other presentation (Applying Flash to Java: Flex and OpenLaszlo). These examples have a little more complicated directory structure because they involve Flex files, OpenLaszlo files, and other files related to the generation of a WAR file.

For most of the examples, the libraries or frameworks used need to be downloaded separately. For example, Flex and OpenLaszlo can be downloaded here and here respectively and SWFObject can be downloaded here. For the JMX examples, JMX 2 can be downloaded as described here, the ws-jmx-connector can be downloaded here (Early Access 4 just released), the Spring Framework can be downloaded here, OpenDMK can be downloaded here, Apache Commons Modeler can be downloaded here, and EasyMBean can be downloaded here.

Many of the examples on the CD-ROM have similar counterparts available on my blog. Some of these are highlighted next:

Examples: Applying Flash to Java: Flex and OpenLaszlo

* Flash to Flash Communication (Flex)
* OpenLaszlo ColorPicker
* OpenLaszlo Form Validator
* OpenLaszlo GradientView
* Laszlo RSS Reader
* Laszlo ToolTips

I showed other examples in the presentation, but did not blog on them because of their extreme simplicity and because the code included in the Flex 3 Language Reference and the Flex 3 Component Explorer provide similar examples.

Examples: Java Management Extensions Circa 2008

* Model MBeans Examples:
      + Direct/"Raw" Model MBeans
      + Spring Framework Model MBeans
      + EasyMBean Model MBeans
      + Apache Commons Modeler Model MBeans
* MXBean
* JMX 2 Annotations
* JMX 2 Querying
* JMX Connectors and Adapters
* JMX Web Services Connector
      + Basics of JMX Web Services Connector
      + With WinRM
      + Custom JMX Server with WinRM

I am looking forward to browsing the slides and examples on the Colorado Software Summit 2008 post-conference CD-ROM and continuing my learning of new things from the conference. By the way, Wayne has been posting previous Colorado Software Summit presentations on the conference website in the past. I recommend watching that page in case he continues that practice and posts 2008 presentations. All presentations from Colorado Software Summit 2007 are now available online.

UPDATE (18 November 2008): Chris Richardson has posted the slides from his presentations at Colorado Software Summit 2008 on his blog.

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