Jazoon'09 presentation, books and numbers

Jazoon'09 is on its last day and it has been a great event that generated alot of interesting discussion, about lots of different Java technologies. The nice with all these social technologies like twitter and blogs is that the discussion overflows the physical event into the Internet so everyone can attend virtually.

Joonas presenting at Jazoon
Joonas held his "RIA Security - Broken by Design" presentation to over 100 attendees on a big big screen. The presentation is abit technical so those who want to revisit it can find it here along with the PayMate demo he used. Go ahead and try the techniques mentioned in the slides on the PayMate-application! Obviously those who didn't attend can also have a look, its a good example on the differences between client side and server driven RIA.

Jazoon-attendees might've gotten the biggest kick out of meeting James Gosling himself but we hope you take a look at our book afterwards :). Those not attending need not worry, you can still find it online here or order it in paperback from here. We have in fact given away 2500 copies of it during Jazoon and JavaOne!

Speaking of numbers, this new Vaadin-brand that we announced a little over a month ago has had a very positive response on the Internet as well as at these conferences! We have had 11 000 unique visitors on the site and over a thousand downloads of Vaadin, so welcome new users and thanks for coming! 

ps. Do a quick twitter search and see all the interesting discussions that are going on about Vaadin! 

From the Community: My Journey With Vaadin

We are today introducing a new "From the Community"-part to the blog where we let our users take the stage and tell their story about Vaadin. If you want to tell us about your Vaadin experiences or how you use it, let us know! First up is Phil to tell us about his experiences: 

I was introduced to Vaadin, then ITMILL Toolkit, perhaps a month or so ago.

I had been invited, at the last minute, to what I had expected to be another lame sales pitch and this was at the end of a week of increasingly pushy and lame pitches. Then we started, not with a huge amount of enthusiasm on my part I must confess, but at least the ITMILL people had ditched the ties and turned up with macs..

But first, before I digress, some brief background, I work as an IT architect, a title I am still to come to grips with, for a large Nordic company. I have a background in many programming languages and survived, though not entirely intact, the OO Uml period of the late 90s as my shelf of paperweights constantly remind me.


I don’t remember at what point in the meeting I stopped doodling on my notepad, but we went thru the normal procedure of introductions and slides with company overviews. Yack  yack toolkit, yack yack widgets.. and I have been thru a lot of techniques and widgets; GUI with VB, Swing, C#, jsp, jsf, struts, asp, dojo, wicket and so the list goes on, and no doubt some of you will be fans of some of them but they just weren’t for me.  Somewhere between the slides and the demo something caught my attention and I don’t exactly remember what,  but it was probably somewhere between ‘Open Source’ and ‘Server driven UI components in Java’ .  I had miraculously stumbled into a meeting with a non sales sales pitch, about a piece of software, which seemed at this point to be something quite unique. ..

So how, you might ask did I come to be writing here... My world involves writing business software, the sort that’s used by call centre staff and increasingly gets exposed to the web. I want to create applications using one language end to end, not some mishmash of varying languages and markup, I want a GUI like interface in a browser and I really don’t want to have to worry about the vagaries of  IE6, 7, 8, Firefox, Opera, Konqueror and the other tribe of browsers or indeed HTML brackets.

So here I am volunteering, with my best Open Source Advocate hat on, at the doors of ITMILL to write some entries on a journey using Vaadin.

I’ll try to cover it from 3 aspects:

  1. Technical.  And the normal group of questions you end up with; ‘easy to use’ , ‘comprehensive’ , ‘ scalable’,  ‘secure’... ‘Is this going to give me a quick start and not leave me frustrated’, ‘documentation’.
  2.  Business. Is there added business benefit from using Vaadin, cost of usage, support, training, licensing and our normal gamute of managerial questions.
  3. Academic. Related to Open Source and how is an open source, open and transparent company functioning in the wild.

Next time... The ubiquitous ‘Hello World’...

Vaadin at Jazoon'09

Vaadin will be attending to Jazoon'09 conference in Zurich on June 22-25.

If you are attending to the conference, mark my "RIA Security" -presentation to your conference schedule and stop by our booth.