Well just a quick update what has been going on lately.
Last week I completed (and cleared) the Certified JBoss
test was quite interesting and a good followup to the the JBoss for Advanced
J2EE Developer course I attended a couple of weeks
interesting to write an open-book certification, where you get 24h to complete
the test (taking it at home). I recommend the course to anyone looking for the
nitty-gritty details about JBoss AS (although you can pick up the information
by reading the JBoss AS
certification really doesn’t tell you anything, it can be a good edge to get
Joined a JSR expert group..
Since I joined the JCP almost 10months ago, I have been more of a lurker (I
haven’t participated actively in any JSRs). The time of change is here, some
months ago I requested to join the
JSR299 (WebBeans) expert group, and
yesterday I got the approvement email. The JSR is really interesting, for
those unfamiliar with it it’s basically
Seam in a standardized way (the JSR is
lead by Gavin King).
Work, work, work..
It has been real busy week at work (both client wise and internally). My
current project is nearing it’s end (implementation wise) and I have had more
time to actually do some coding in the project (ie less meetings, management,
mentoring). I’ve been concentrating on verifying the overall architecture
against the requirements. Also quite a bit of refactoring, moving out some
common JSF functionalites to reusable components, this have given me a good
chance to really dive into the JSF spec. Hopefully I will make these
components available in some form over the coming months, it’s not exactly
rocket-science component but usefully small tidbits.
I have also been busy on weekends, late nights migrating the infrastructure
from old hardware/software to new servers. To this stage we been quite
successfully and we have deprecated some applications, and old hardware. And I
have begun to extend, and introduce a SSO solution to our business critical
applications (most of them homegrown, and on diffent platforms such as .NET,
J2EE, and classic ASP). We settled on CAS which seems to be a proven solution, but we are not
quite there yet. We need to plug this into a Microsoft Active Directory for
the authentication store, any suggestions here are very much welcome.