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Devoxx 08 Rumblings

Finally after an adventurous coach journey (yes i accept that i was stupid and hence took a coach), i finally arrived in Antwerp to attend the famous Devoxx conference in Antwerp (Antwerepen…. in Belgium way). It surely lived up to its hype and made me think how much i still don’t know about the new technologies..

Devoxx is the same Javapolis conference, but had to change the name due to objections from Sun. It is strange that they had to change the name, knowing the fact that Sun is also sponsoring the event. Maybe sun wants to pre-empt any attempt to use the name ‘Java’ by any group and hence this carrot and stick approach.

On day two, I attended the talk ActiveMQ and ServiceMix by Bruce Snyder. Bruce is an active proponent of open source solutions and one of the founding members of Apache Geronimo propject. These days he is busy talking in conferences about ActiveMQ and co-authoring a book on it which is supposed to come out in early part of next year (quoting him from conference). He started off the talk with basic features of ActiveMQ, its benefits and how to configure it. ActiveMQ is an open source message broker with support of JMS and Enterprise Integration patterns. Although it is open source, it is used by a lot of companies and seems to be an ideal choice to replace the age-old JMS systems.

I couldn’t imagine that the configuration of ActiveMQ is so simple (or maybe a delusion in my head) and with Spring 2.5 it has become much easier. ActiveMQ is something which has been in my mind for some time, since at my workplace they decided of changing their old JbossMQ system which was totally unreliable. I was thinking of proposing ActiveMQ as a suitable candidate as it seems to perfectly fit our needs.

Some cool features of ActiveMQ

  • Support for Java, C, C++, C#, Ruby, Perl, Python, PHP
  • Support for EIP (Enterprise Integration Patterns)
  • Support for JMS 1.1 and J2EE 1.4 with support for transient, persistent, transactional and XA messaging
  • Supports TCP, SSL, NIO, UDP, multicast, JGroups and JXTA transports
  • Master Slave Configurability and Clustering support


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