Back in Silicon Valley

21 April 2006 » Potpourri, Travel, Web development

Wow. You seriously cannot throw a rock in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, or Santa Clara without hitting an IT company office building. I passed countless one story complexes on an ill-fated trip to find a supermarket in the area tonight, and accidentally ended up in an Infinite Loop last night after overshooting the driveway to the place I was going to have dinner.

Update: I’ve added pictures from my trip to Sonoma to the existing California gallery.

Public draft: Developing PHP Applications for IBM Data Servers

IBM has provided a public draft of the Redbook I wrote with a team of specialists in San Jose earlier this year. The book is undergoing a final editorial process to fix grammar, spelling and layout issues and to incorporate input from technical reviewers.

Please give it a read and pass your comments on to the editors via the feedback link on that page.

These pages are Web versions of IBM Redbooks- and Redpapers-in-progress. They are published here for those who need the information now and may contain spelling, layout and grammatical errors.

This material has not been submitted to any formal IBM test and is published AS IS. It has not been the subject of rigorous review. Your feedback is welcomed to improve the usefulness of the material to others.

Technology of the day: WAS CE

Last October IBM announced a free version WebSphere based on Apache Geronimo, called WebSphere Application Server Community Edition. They’ve just released a minor upgrade, version 1.0.1.1, and updated the developerWorks introductory guide accordingly.

Basically, WAS CE is a J2EE 1.4 Web and EJB container which integrates the integration done by Geronimo of many Apache subprojects into a single package. It’s useful for getting an enterprise Java development and deployment environment up and running fast without having to put all the pieces together yourself. As a free app server, it also lowers barriers for small businesses and non-profits (and the freelancers who support them) to take advantage of J2EE.

It seems that IBM is promoting it quite a bit this week, and have launched an odd ad campaign over at SourceForge (I challenge you to find the only two instances of “IBM” on that page).

If I have time this weekend, I think I’ll give it a test drive and see if I can shoehorn PHP in there somewhere. That would be a truly useful development environment.

On a related note, WAS 6.1 was announced the day after I finally installed WAS 6.0 on one of the department servers. I love when that happens.

Exciting cricket match, I think

09 April 2006 » Potpourri

I would love to understand what’s going on here.

Shahriar Nafees hit his maiden century as Test minnows Bangladesh battered Australia’s bowling attack in Fatullah.

The scorecard isn’t much help either.

Technology of the day: OpenLaszlo

I first heard about OpenLaszlo last summer, but the goofy name immediately kept me from looking at it. After reading a slew of developerWorks articles, however, I got some encouragement to give it a chance.

You write a set of XML tags, pepper it with some JavaScript, then compile it to a Flash-compatible format. You can also serve it on the fly from a Java application server to take advantage of network functionality.

Some resources:

Very cool.

California

01 April 2006 » Photos

I’ve posted pictures from my six week trip to the Bay Area.