Gavin King leads the Ceylon project at Red Hat. Gavin is the creator of
Hibernate, a popular object/relational persistence
solution for Java, and the Seam Framework, an
application framework for enterprise Java. He's contributed to the Java
Community Process as JBoss and then Red Hat representative for the EJB and
JPA specifications and as lead of the
Gavin now works full time on Ceylon, polishing the language specification,
developing the compiler frontend, and thinking about the SDK and future of
the platform. He's still a fan of Java, and of other languages, especially
Smalltalk, Python, and ML.
Just had an interesting discussion on firstname.lastname@example.org, started by David Cherryhomes, which saw me stupidly insistingthat something can't be done when in fact, now that I think about it, /I realize I've actually done it before/, and that even the Hibernate AdminApp example uses this pattern!
This item is a prediction about the future. Predicting the future is a dangerous business, and exposes the author to ridicule in both the future and present. Nevertheless, articulating a /nice/ vision of the future can help bring about that future.
Now that the EJB 3.0 early draft is
it's definitely time to move on from all the recent politics, and start
thinking about what we can actually /do/ with this stuff. EJB is the only Java
standard which addresses server-side /business logic/, and is thus central
to J2EE. The EJB spec committee recognizes that EJB has fallen short of achieving
some of its ambitious goals, and is in need of an overhaul. This overhaul
has focused very much upon ease of use, primarily via simplification of the
requirements upon bean implementors. However, the spec committe also identified
a number of critical functional enhancements that facilitate ease of use and
the elimination of certain J2EE anti-patterns.
Another blogger, who will remain unmentionable, is upset that some of the guys at JBoss are beginning to throw the term AO around. According to him, the AOP community is just terribly attached to their P, and quite concerned that JBoss might be about to dominate the world with their P-less aspects.
Recently, we've started to hear complaints that we don't put enough effort into free support in the Hibernate forums. This really kinda hurts, since everyone /used/ to comment that we gave such /great/ support, and since I still spend hours most days reading and responding to forum posts. I don't get paid for this, and I rarely get thanked for it either (even by the people I do get time to respond to). I've been doing this for almost three years now.
Hibernate is great at representing strongly-typed, static object models. Not all applications are like this. Metadata-driven applications define entity type information in the database. Both the object model and the relational model support dynamic addition of new types, and perhaps even redefinition of existing types. Actually, most complex applications contain a mix of both static models and dynamic models.