A Flock of Floating Vaadins

Henrik Paul
On Feb 14, 2011 9:41:00 PM


All over 100 of us boarded a slightly delayed cruiser from Turku, Finland, on its way to Stockholm, Sweden - the promised city of JFokus 2011.

We were quickly ushered into a grand auditorium with standing Vaadin banners on display all over, with traditional Finnish joiku music as ambient music, setting up a mystical mood. Without delay, our CEO Joonas took the stage, and presented the schedule for today:

  • 20:55 Arun Gupta, Oracle (OSGi and Java EE Hybrid Applications Using GlassFish)
  • pause 21:35
  • 21:50 David Chandler, Google (Inside Google Web Toolkit)
  • 22:30 Joonas Lehtinen, Vaadin (The Beginning)
  • break 22:40
  • 23:10 Artur Signell, Vaadin (Recent Developments and Roadmap for Vaadin)
  • break 23:45
  • 23:55 doors close

Arun Gupta, Oracle

We were first treated with an opening presentation on OSGi and how it relates to Java EE and GlassFish. He described how OSGi works in general, and then went on how GlassFish is built on it, and what implications that has regarding to modifying a GlassFish instance's features. Arun then continued to wrap up with how OSGi can be used in a numerous of example cases, in a wide range of enterpriseness.

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David Chandler, Google

Arguably a more familiar thing to Vaadin users was David Chandler's presentation about Google Web Toolkit, or GWT as we all have learned to know it. His talk started off with how to speed up your GWT compilation (excluding the use of Development Mode). He then continued with a more general presentation of the various benefits of using GWT in general.

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Joonas Lehtinen, Vaadin

Before our break, Joonas jumped in to tell about how Vaadin got its very first lines of code, back in '01, with the name "Millstone", and mentioned how this Java framework relates to Perl. Vaadin Pro Account beta mentioned, a kind of commercial support side (more info about this in the near future).

Artur Signell, Vaadin

The night was wrapped with Artur's presentation of the near past, and near future. The status of Directory and WYSIWYG editor were mentioned, but the real highlight was a live demonstration of how well Vaadin is now integrated with Spring Roo, illustrated by creating a new conference management application right in front of us. His speech wrapped up with a sneak peek on the progress of Vaadin 7

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To be continued...

Even though this yet isn't a goodbye, since we're going to continue our way to JFokus; on the behalf of the whole Vaadin team, I want to cordially thank all those who took part of the largest yet and historic first-time-ever Vaadin meetup on the Baltic Sea!

Henrik Paul
Henrik Paul works as a Scrum Master at Vaadin's product development. He has been working at Vaadin since 2008 with basically anything and everything, except in sales or administration. He's one of those annoying guys who is never satisfied with the status quo, and questions established practices constantly.
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