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EclipseDemoCamp An event of annual series of Eclipse Demo Camps is taking place in Hamburg again. The event was planned in November, but takes actually place in December. As usually Peter and Martinare responsible for the organization. To make it short:

If you want to attend, make sure you find a minute to write you name down in EclipseWiki. I suppose these kind of events is well-known. If you never heard of that – look at the interesting topics and the attendee list of more than one hundred people. You will have the opportunity to listen to the talks, to speak with interesting people and get some news from Eclipse Commiters and Users. In the end you usually get some food and bevereges, to make the atmosphere a little more relaxed. If you never been there it is worth to visit…

EclipseDemoCamp The Galileo Edition of Eclipse is already in the pipeline and the community is happy to celebrate this with a series of events. In Hamburg we do it in two ways – there are Eclipse DemoCamps and Eclipse Stammtisch. This time Peter and Martin managed to put both events together. To make it short:

Hotel East If you want to attend, make sure you find a minute to write you name down in EclipseWiki. I suppose these kind of events is well-known. If you never heard of that – I can only recomend to take part. You will have the opportunity to listen to the talks, to speak with interesting people and get some news from Eclipse Commiters and Users. In the end you usually get some food and bevereges, to make the atmosphere a little more relaxed. The location is a very descend place with wonderfull flair. If you never be there it is worth to visit…

On October 15th to 17th the Workshop on MDSD Today 2008 took place in the Nordakademie Elmshorn near Hamburg. This workshop was actually the sequel to two different workshops which were led by Frank Zimmermann (Nordakademie) and Simon Zambrovski (TUHH) the year before. For this years event, Peter Friese (Itemis) from Itemis joined the two for organizing the Workshop.


The workshop was divided into three parts: Day 1: Management Day, Day 2: Professional Day (Modeling Projects and Tutorials) and Day 3: Professional Day (Generator Tutorials). (See also MDSD08).

Ed MerksAxel UhlRalf Mueller

The first day was dominated by excellent key-note speeches given by the EMF lead Ed Merks Ph.D. and SAPs Dr. Axel Uhl. Ed was talking about misconceptions in understanding and applying model driven techniques. Axel on the other hand talked about the challenges that still lay on our way and need to be overcome. He discussed for example the different benefits and drawbacks of using different sorts of DSL (e.g. non-textual / textual) with respect to storing them in repositories, merging and refactoring (i.e. general tool-support). Birger Garbe and Stefan Reichert (both Lufthansa Systems consultants) talked about their experiences in applying MDSD in the field. Chances and riscs were explained and how they managed to overcome those riscs. Thomas Stahl of b+m Informatik gave a talk about how MDSD, BPM and SOA fit together, unfortunately he couldn’t give is planned speech “Experiences of 10 years of MDSD”. As one of the authors of the model-driven software development book and with the experience background he has, this would be have been clearly very interesting. The speech he gave instead was also interesting but took little different directions.

The second day was filled with two different tracks one could attend. One covered contributions coming from the fields of research and the industry. And in the other one Ed Merks gave an intro to the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF). After that, Ralf Möller of the Eclipse Foundation talked about innovation networks. The afternoon was filled with a tutorial on how to generate graphical editors using the GMF. The tutorial was given by Robert Wloch who jumped in for Jan Köhnlein (both itemis) who unfortunately got sick.

The third and last day was filled with a tutorial on xText, which was given by Peter Friese and Sven Efftinge (both itemis). Later Arno Haase (independant consultant) tought the audience how to do model-to-model and model-to-code transformations.


Summing up this was a very, very interesting event where the cremé dé la cremé of MDSD gathered and where people had the chance to ask, learn and get to know each other. Not only the speeches and tutorials were very interesting, funny but the overall event had socially a nice friendly touch. Some further pictures can be found in the FlickR gallaery.

The Workshop Proceedings can be obtained at amazon:
Proceedings of the Second Workshop on MDSD Today 2008 (engl.)

Ed Merks new book will be published sometime in the beginning of 2009, here is a link to the “old” (but still good) one:

Eclipse Modeling Framework (engl.)

Also I would like to mention the book by Arno Haase, Markus Völter, Thomas Stahl, Sven Efftinge:

Modellgetriebene Softwareentwicklung ( english version)


Yesterday, the second Adam Bien event in Lehmanns Bookstore took place. Again, the event was a full success. I arrived half-an-hour earlier and got a seat only in the tenth row.
Adam spoke about new features of EJB 3.1 and Glassfish. He showed examples running on a developer build of Glassfish V3, promising that the features will work without exceptions…
Here are some topics, I remember:

  • Singleton Beans: usefull a s a central point of the application, e.G. central cache etc…
  • Async Methods: allows asynchronous execution of time-consuming methods. Especially, it is possible to abort the execution
  • Deploying Beans in WARs: could be helpful for small applications
  • Global JNDI-Namespace
  • No interface view: simplifies the access to beans, if needed
  • EJBCOntainer.getEJBContainer().getContext(): allows external initialization of bean context, which is nice for testing

Later, Adam discussed some Core J2EE patters, that become absolete with EJB 3.1 and others which are still valid.

After the talk, I spoke with Adam about the OSGi as a module architecture inside JEE application, which seems interesting to me.

The pictures are as usual available in my FlickR Gallery.

Marco published a video on Loroma.

JUGHHThe holiday season is over and we can enjoy an event every week. After Maven 2, Eclipse Stammtisch and reasoning on modularity an event on enterprise systems can be visited. It seems that after the last visit on Java EE 5 Hacking Adam want to tell something on Java EE 6 Hacking…

This session will be interactive / openspace like. He will walk through the new EJB 3.1 APIs and explain some interesting stuff as well. It is the logical conduction of the first JUG HH session in May 2008.

Location: Lehmanns Fachbuchhandlung (Hamburg Hauptbahnhof), Kurze Mühren 6, 20095 Hamburg

Date and Time: 16.09.2008, 20:00
Topic: Productive Java EE 6 – Rethinking Best Practices And Bashing On Patterns, Cluster One

Abstract: Java EE 6 is great, but many questions like:

  • Are DAOs dead?
  • Do JSF really suck?
  • Are anemic JPA-entities a best practice?
  • Are XML deployment descriptors legacy?
  • Are EJBs lightweight?
  • How to test EJBs?
  • Is layering an antipattern?
  • Do we need factories?
  • How to integrate with RESTFul services?
  • Is it possible to deploy EJBs into a …WAR?
  • Are “plain old web containers” dead?
  • Services or Objects – what is the way to go?

still remain open. These and many other questions will be discussed interactively with …code.

Speaker: Adam Bien

About the speaker: Java Champion Adam Bien is a self-employed consultant, lecturer, software architect, developer, and author in the enterprise Java sector in Germany who implements Java technology on a large scale. He is also the author of several books and articles on Java and J2EE technology, as well as distributed Java programming. His books include J2EE Patterns, J2EE HotSpots, Java EE 5 Architectures, Enterprise Architectures, Enterprise Java Frameworks, SOA Expert Knowledge, and Struts, all published in German.

As BEA technical director, Bien is also a member of the NetBeans Dream Team; an Expert Group member of the Java Community Process for EJB 3.1, JPA 2.0, and Java EE 6; and involved in embedded Java, Grid, and P2P technology. He currently works as an architect and developer in several J2EE-Java EE Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) and EAI component architecture projects for the Java EE platform and .NET.


Yesterday, the OSGi session took place in Hotel East in Hamburg. Peter Kriens, the OSGi evangelist showed a wonderful Zen Presentation on OSGi. I wrote a lot during his talk which happens to me very seldom. Here are the core statements I understood:

  • The core difference between usual plugin architectures and OSGi is that OSGi concentrates on collaboration of the components.
  • OSGi delivers a controlled environment, in which the question if a component runs or not can be answered in beforehand.
  • OSGi bundles use metadata (about versions, dependencies, etc) to predict an error, not discover it in runtime.
  • OSGi has a very narrow API containing the minimal common part.
  • OSGi consists of module, life cycle and services layers. The initially developed services layer required smart class loading mechanisms (module layer).
  1. The module layer is desigend to control the class loading machanisms (e.G. structureal class loader hierarchies instead of a linear classpath)
  2. Life cycle layer adds a management API (e.G. inform the others about installation event)
  3. Separation of concerns is promoted by definition of services for different tasks.
  • Services are used for decoupling of system parts (This is a standard application of service-orientation).
  • OSGI makes dependencies explicit (private, import, export)
  • OSGI tries to make the system managable, taking dynamics and lifecycle as fisrst-class citizens
  • OSGI will be extended to support distribution: the team works on policies, SLAs, etc…

I liked the talk and the way how Peter Kriens addressed the problems of OO. I was confirmed in some ideas about coupling that will be layed out in my thesis. After the presentation we had a delicious meal and wraped up the evening with interesting discussion about pros and contras of OSGi. Peter Friese showed me some remote OSGi staff, he was playing with. The lack of documentation in this area makes it a little difficult, but I hope he will post some news on it. As usual, you can find other pictures in my FlickR gallery.

hotel eastThe organizers of the upcoming OSGI event selected a promiment Hamburg’s nightlife location. The location is a evidence of modern design. The entire hotel is equipped with non-standard items in various forms and colors and commemorates on Dali and Gaudi in the same time.

Topic: Why Modularity is Important

When: September 9th, 2008, 19:00 CET, Registration required

Where: East Hotel Hamburg, Simon-von-Utrecht-Strasse 31, 20359 Hamburg / Germany

Abstract: Many developers are finding out that modularity has a significant influence on the development process. But unfortunately, Java has no concept of modularity, all JARs are placed on a linear classpath. Many projects have developed in-house plugin frameworks to achieve some modularity. The OSGi Service Platform is a standards based framework used by many projects. Some of the best known projects that use OSGi are Spring and Eclipse. There are many open source projects and commercial companies that have implemented the specifications: Apache Felix, Knopflerfish, Eclipse Foundation, ProSyst, IBM, Siemens, Hitachi, Samsung, etc. This presentation will analyze the problems with (the lack of) Java modularity and explain how OSGi provides many benefits for the development process as well as make the applications itself easier to maintain and extend.

Author: Peter Kriens