February 4, 2016
My G+ avatar is a Womby, a wombat.
Yesterday I was in a concall and Womby was mistaken for a squirrel (!). I educated the offending party but it took me a bit to find the correct references so I’m collecting them here:
- They are interesting animals
- A group of Wombats is called a Wisdom (ha! I didn’t know that!)
- They have history as jargon, particularly this and this
- At Sun, we used Wombat in the past in several projects, from as way back as JavaBeans and JSP and many other places. There the original instigator was Graham Hamilton (). Jerome Dochez (, ) and myself () also included Wombats. Graham, Jerome and I were all part of the original JavaBeans team and there also scattered references to other Java documents like ()
- I believe the “original” source of Wombats at DEC is via Datatrieve (DTR); see Datatrieve and Wombats (from IBPhoenix). Jim Starkey was the original designer of Datatrieve and, I believe, the original injector of Wombat.
Personally I was introduced to Wombats by Graham, who worked at DEC before joining Sun. I met Jim after the MySQL acquisition by Sun but didn’t realize his relationship to wombats at the time.
DTR was a 4GL language (not dissimilar to OpenEdge in spirit). Below is the output of
DTR> SET PLOTS SYS$SYSROOT:[SYSCOMMON.DTR.DTR$LIB.PLOTS]
DTR> PLOT WOMBAT
And here is Jim Starkey and Wombat
February 4, 2016
Just back from a very productive trip to Las Vegas for progressNEXT for Partners. My team had written the conference App using our technology stack (Rollbase + Telerik Platform + Modulus), and we also connected it with some RFID infrastructure using the AMTech platform.
I’ll write a proper description of what we did and how we did it, but in the meantime, check the photo album at Flickr.
January 18, 2016
GM’s Bolt – 200Miles BEV
I visited CES 2016 two weeks ago. I could only manage a day and a half so it was a somewhat rushed trip but worthy. I wrote a note on the trip at the Progress Blogs; check it as Virtual Reality and Other Impressions from CES 2016. The companion Flickr album is here.
I also checked the Four Seasons hotel for our progressNEXT event at the end of the month. We are working with partners on the conference app, using Telerik Next, Modulus and Rollbase for the basic app, plus some extra IOT goodies as a stretch goal (very tight schedule). I’ll report back.
October 11, 2015
HackMIT was a few weeks back, Sept 19 and 20, and Progress was a sponsor. Jen, Jeremiah and I went there to encourage the adoption of the Telerik Platform, NativeScript and Modulus.
Attendance was about 1000 students. The event was 24 hours, from Saturday at 10 am until Sunday at that time; a very civilized approach compared to previous events I’ve attended where hacking starts around 10 pm on Friday.
The event was at the Zesiger Sports center (map link). Akhil managed to make it to the event (but ended up being too busy for the actual hacking), so he is in some of the pictures (Flickr album and below); a couple of other students friends there were there, sometimes we connected, sometimes we didn’t (reminder to myself – don’t email, IM is the tool of choice for this generation!).
Akhil and me in front of the hacking space
Akhil, me and Jeremiah
Team FridgeBouncer and Jen. Their NativeScript app used Clarif.ai to track the content of your grocery bag and estimate the expiration date for its content.
1000 students buzzing
A great experience. And I think 24 hours is much better than 36 (hint to other organizers!). More pictures at my Flickr Album.
October 10, 2015
I visited Sao Paulo this Tuesday to attend and present at Progress Exchange CALA. It was a great experience, even considering that a red eye was involved. It was very nice to be back in Latin America – I had not been in many years and I’d never been in Brazil. It was a short visit due to personal and professional commitments but it was totally worth it.
The conference was very well attended; below is a picture of the keynote – in this one the presenter is Kim King; up in the front row are Colleen Smith, Jerry Rulli and Matt Gharegozlou. The pict two below is of Jerry presenting.
I gave two presentations, one on the Market Trends in IT (mostly emphasizing the tech trends), and another on The Impact of IOT. Nice attendance; the room for the first one was full, the second was about 2/3rds.
Plenty of contacts and good conversations. I was sad I could not stay longer; I had to high-tail out in another red eye to go to Boston the day after.
June 12, 2015
The summer interns are all here in Palo Alto. From left to right in the picture after me are Jasper, Antony and Shivali. They will be writing posts and creating open source samples. I will use this post to collect links to their work From Jasper:
March 6, 2015
It seems the old geomap server at maps.glassfish.org is no longer working, so below is a snapshot from March 2010:
We used to regularly provide updates on this via the geomap tag.
Recall that the dots represent IP addresses from the GlassFish admin console. The usual caveats apply, most notably that a single installation can be shown using multiple IP locations because of DHCP, that many installations can show as a single IP location because they are behind proxies and that not every user of GlassFish had this feature turned on.
February 15, 2015
Akhil Nistala was our Winter 2015 intern at Telerik’s most excellent office in downtown Palo Alto. Akhil is a Sophomore at MIT and he wrote an NativeScript Mobile App that could be used in a Hackathon to set up teams and to keep them connected. Very good progress, with more features in the planning stage for later in the year.
It was a real pleasure to have Akhil with us, even if for only 4 weeks. We all learned through his project and we are looking forward to future collaborations.
Akhil has documented his work through this blog. Check his posts:
You can keep up with Akhil at @therealakhil.
Most of last summer’s projects were captured at Summer 2014 Interns: Node.js, IOT, and more …. The current plans for this summer are at here.
February 15, 2015
I spent two days in early January visiting the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES is a very large show and 2 days is not enough to cover all of it so I focused on Tech East, at the Sands Expo. Our group plans to explore some IOT technologies this Summer in our Internship Program so I covered wearables, fitness / wellness / health, and automation, with at few quick diversions through other technologies in that space.
I could only visit very briefly Tech West, which meant I missed the Connected Car and could only skim through key vendors like Intel (they are getting very serious about IOT, the Curie seems very interesting), LG, and Qualcomm, but Tech East kept me plenty busy.
If interested check my report at the progress blog: Part I, Part II and also my Flickr Album.
February 15, 2015
The first internship slot for Summer 2015 is now public at the Progress Job Site. From the description:
The summer internship project will involve software development of different prototypes using NativeScript, Node.js, Telerik Platform, KendoUI, Rollbase and others, in the context of IOT. Other responsibilities will be assigned as necessary.
The intern position is full-time for the duration of 10 to 12 weeks during summer break.
Candidates from an accredited university and a computer science program will be considered.
The current list of potential project areas includes:
- Smart Glasses
- Wearables / Fitness / Health
- Connected Car
- Office / Home automation
The opening is for Palo Alto and the interns will work with me and other technical contributors at Progress, Telerik and Modulus. The exact number of openings is still work-in-progress, but apply to this req and I’ll shuffle when the others come online. If you want to see work from previous internships check out Summer 2014 and Winter 2015. More details for our plans for this summer are at Summer 2015.