Speaking at JBossWorld 2010
Titled "Spring+JBoss: So Happy Together", the talk was demo-driven and covered how to effectively use Spring with Hibernate/JPA, JSF, Hibernate Validator, RESTEasy/JAX-RS, JBossWS/JAX-WS, JBoss Transactions, JBoss Messaging, Drools, jBPM, and JBoss Snowdrop/Spring Deployer/EJB 3 on JBoss AS. The talk went very well and I got excellent feedback on it. I was originally supposed to co-present the talk with Marius Bogoevici of JBoss but he could not attend at the last minute due to budget issues. He helped out with the demo a great deal so it was really a shame. If I get a chance, I plan to repeat the talk with a more Java EE-centric, vendor-neutral flavor with a title along the lines of "Spring Java EE 6 Support" and run it on GlassFish. Ideally, it would be great to co-present with someone from SpringSource.
While at JBossWorld, I met up with the usual suspects in the JBoss gang including Dan Allen, Emmanuel Bernard, Bill Burke, Jay Balunas and Pete Muir. I also got to meet Lincoln Baxter and Andrew Rubinger for the first time and thought they were great additions to the JBoss team.
I expected Boston to be a little on the boring side as far as music with any serious hard edge. As it turns out there are a few good places to go to in Boston including The Church (literally an old abandoned Church) at Fenway and the Middle East in Central Square. The Middle East in particular plays alternative, punk, goth, rock and metal (kind of like Trocadero in Philly). I lucked out and there was a decent Nu Metal gig to go to on the one evening I actually had a chance to get out.