Friday, 30 September 2011

Madrid Java Users Group (Madrid JUG), Meeting of

View of meeting room with audience
Go to university campus here in Madrid for the (second? third?) meeting of the Madrid JUG. Two presentations, "Groovy for Java programmers" by Alberto Vilches, organizer of the upcoming Greach event for Groovy people, and "Architecure for a scalable vertical search engine with Hadoop" by Iván de Prado Alonso of Datasalt.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Oracle Enterprise Java Developer Day Madrid

The Java Developer's Day event consisted of two "community" speakers, and three from Oracle Spain. The community participation was first by Alvaro Sánchez Mariscal from Cuore, the Spanish Oracle Users forum, and then by Alfredo Casado of the online forum javaHispano. I wonder why they do their presentation slides in English when they speak in Spanish. found this rather confusing, especially when they skip from one slide to the next. Enrique Martín of Oracle evidently knows all about in-memory data grids, but it seems a difficult subject to bring to life for an audience. There were two "hand-on" sessions using Oracle VirtualBox. Yesterday I spent an hour downloading the massive amounts of data needed for this and installing the system on my laptop, only for DVDs to be handed out during the session so people could install it on the day, and then to find that the sessions were so rushed that there was hardly time to follow it on the speaker's screen let alone get any hands-on experience.

The room was cramped with twice the number of people it should have accommodated, and most people had to use their laptops, yes, on their laps, many sitting in the aisle. There were no partner trade stands in the lobby. It seemed a rather half-hearted affair, like Oracle was trying to avoid being seen to do nothing rather than showing any enthusiasm. The real action lately has been around the newly-formed Madrid JUG which is planning a meeting again this month after the summer break.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Workshop on Agile Project Management, Madrid

Attended a workshop here in Madrid on Agile Project Management, given by Ángel Águeda Barrero of QRP Management Methods International. After so many years now of the trend towards agile development, I still hear so many people here in Madrid complain about clients' reluctance to embrace it. I wonder whether it's a cultural thing, about Spanish corporate culture, or whether it's the same elsewhere. Interestingly, Ángel mentioned that some Spanish government ministries have done projects using agile methodologies. He also mentioned it's use for some defence projects in the UK. The talk covered the different methodologies especially DSDM Atern and Scrum, but not much about Lean, or Extreme Programming, though, as it was more about methodologies with a wider scope. QRP offer training courses in Agile Project Management.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Reading Java Peristence with Hibernate

Cover of book Java Persistence with HibernateI just read the first chapter of this book. The field has become much more complex since I read the previous edition, Hibernate in Action way back in 2006. Now there it covers EJB 3.0 and Java Persistence API. And twice as long. And I think I need to read it all again, as so much has changed, and now with annotations. What with the new third edition of Spring in Action winging or sailing its way across the Atlantic I won't be short of summer reading this year.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Spanish Software Company Caught Up In Fraud Investigation

One of Spain's leading software development companies, Microgénesis, has been caught up in action by Spanish anti-corruption investigation. The Spanish performing rights, royalties collection and anti-piracy body SGAE saw its board of directors arested and taken away for questioning and their files seized during a raid on their headquarters in Madrid last week. The president of the SGAE was taken away in handcuffs by the police but later released pending charges. Microgénesis, which boasts many large and well-known clients, was part of a network of companies run by the organisation and members of the directors' families, which received funds from the SGAE. According to reports in online newspaper Público the directors of the firm, which has been operating for 19 years, and is well known for open-source solutions and use of agile methodologies, were arrested as part of the investigation.

Blog Resuscitated

After three years of silence I feel the urge once again to communicate through the medium of this blog. Once more I have something interesting to say, and I'm free to say it. At the time of the last post it was the management of my then employer, Fundosa Technosite who obliged me to desist from writing anything more. That decision was symptomatic of the increasing "dumbing down" of the Accessibility Department, and the drift away from any kind of innovation, into an endless run of monotonous and not very useful reports on website accessibility, and the loss of the pioneering spirit that had motivated the team in the preceding years. In the end I was glad to have been given the push earlier this year, and the opportunity to move into more interesting fields.