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.
A few folks have been asking what the hell's happened to me, and I realized that I have not posted anything here for like 6 months. Well, the truth is, apart from recently becoming a father, I've been quite busy with a really exciting new project. And yeah, my head is full of a hundred interesting things I could blog about, but, unfortunately, the new project is super-duper secret for now, so I'll have to keep a lid on it until we're ready for an alpha release (perhaps another 6 months from now).
Via TSS, I found this excellent post. Unfortunately, while I appreciate the sentiment (hell, I'm not so young and commitment-free no more), I'm simply not convinced that these things are actually myths. Sure, age discrimination sucks, I guess, and I'd like them to be myths, but is it really a myth that:
With the release of Java EE 6, I've seen a number of recurring, but rather curious, arguments against upgrading to the new platform. These are usually deployed by folks who are using a homegrown stack consisting of a servlet engine like Tomcat or Jetty together with a number of open source frameworks like Hibernate and Spring.
Since the release of Weld and Java EE 6, there's been a heap of activity in the Weld user forum, and especially a lot of questions about problems related to framework development. You can do some kinds of generic programming in CDI just using managed beans, producer methods and InjectionPoint. But if you want to get serious, you're eventually going to have to embrace the portable extension SPI. Here's a couple of examples of how people are using this SPI.