was yet again a really cool and fun conference. I just returned back
home, from the 2nd annual CamelOne conference, held in downtown Boston.
It was a 2 day packed with great talks with a balanced mix of technical
, cloud stuff, and showcases of integration in the real world.
|CamelOne speaker podium|
The feedback of the conference was really good, as you can see from the image below.
|Feedback wall from CamelOne attendees|
engineering team was present, and on the end of the 2nd day, Debbie, got us together for a photo session.
|The FuseSource Engineering Team|
CamelOne 2012 - Day 1
So back the the 1st day. This year Jonathan and I was asked to do the
opening key note, with our Camel story, and where the Camel project is
today, and some thoughts about how Camel could be riding the cloud in the
near future. Jonathan and I wanted to tell our Camel story
with a sense of humor. I can say mission accomplished when the slide
with the lovely Camel picture was shown. And no the picture is not
retouched, it was found using google image search.
|Apache Camel is a project that stands out|
After the keynote I gave a talk about how to get started riding the
Camel. The talk is a practical focus talk so I was sharing the time
50/50 between slides and live coding. As all sessions were recorded,
and we can all watch them later, as they will be posted on the CamelOne
website, free for anymore to watch. A professional production company is
currently processing the videos. They should be ready in weeks from
now. I will blog when the videos are online
.Free Apache/Fuse Resources
Jonathan was next after my talk, and his talk was a natural progress
from mine talk. As he gave a rundown how you can run and deploy Camel
applications in the ESB server
. Jonathan showed how this works
in practice as well.
I got engaged in a number of hallway conversations, and didn't have the
chance to attend a session at every slot. It was really great to meet
so many happy Camel users, and hear their stories, where the Camel is
riding in the real world. Also I was told that more and more commercial
vendors is adapting Camel and embedding it internally in their
gave his first of two talks today.
|Kai Wahner giving a talk about choosing Integration Frameworks|
He was talking about his experience with evaluating Apache Camel, Spring
Integration, and Mule ESB. I guess Camel was in favor at a Camel
James gave the ending general session of the first day.
|James Strachan giving ending key note on 1st day|
As always a pleasure to watch James
talk with such a enthusiasm. His talk was a technical talk addressed to
the developers how to develop and get Camel riding in the cloud. He
gave a tour of the cool and awesome much improved Fuse IDE
2.1 product. It now has even more Camel crack for runtime insight. As
well as easier deployment for both local jvms, remove machines, and as
well the clouds.
On the 2nd day, we have Gabe Zichermann giving a very entertaining keynote, about gamification.
|Gabe talking about Gamification|
The idea of getting people engaged, based on the ideas of computer
games. But applying them in a real life processes. For example a company
managed to get its employees go to the gym, based on teaming up, and
competing against your co-workers.
In Sweden they have traffic cameras, using reverse sychology, by
enlisting people in a lottery, if they are within speed limits. However
people above the speed limit will of course still get a fine, and not
participate in the lottery.
I have heard good buzz about Stan Lewis and Dhirajs talk
about how to manage, monitor and provision a cluster of machines, in a data centre or the cloud. Dhiraj showed how Fuse HQ
could monitor the Camel applications running on numerous machines. And
how that worked as well when Stan did a rolling upgrade on the fly,
leaving Fuse HQ being able to compare and display a "before" vs. "after"
Likewise the tweets about Charles Moulliard
were very positive. Seems like people wanted to go and play with
websockets, and the Camel. This is definitly cool. So Camel 2.10 is a
much anticipated release, having the websocket
component out of the box.
Kai was on the stage again, giving a talk about using Apache Camel with
BPM (Avtiviti). Kai gave us a rundown of the differences between Camel
and Activiti, and where they overlap. As well when you should use either
one, or both of them. In Kais talk he give live demos which is a nice
change in the flow, to see the "code" for real. Activiti and Camel
together seems powerful. And the Activiti designer looks beautiful.
Did you know that Camel is help protecting the Canadians. Mike Gingell
from General Dynamics Canada gave us a rundown of how they have been
successful by using open source integration technologies from Apache
The Camel is helping in cool stuff such as with the marine to detect
torpedo attacks, with satellite surveillance of the north poles, and to
keep track of personel and whatnot.
|Torpedo Warning System. Slide from Mike Gingell, General Dynamics Canada,|
Mike gave a really great talk, and also took us through how his team is
battling uphill in a traditionally conservative organization where
software projects take millions of $ and years to just get started. They
have been on the open source road for about 5 years, and jumped on
Apache ServiceMix when it became OSGi based. And the Camel has been
riding all along together with ActiveMQ and CXF
. So the Camel is help
protecting Jonathan Anstey, who lives in New Foundland, Canada. Must be
cool to know that the software he works on every day, is now serving
the people of Canada.
The ending keynote, was a real treat to all of us. Felix Ehmn from CERN
gave us a very interesting talk how CERN is using ActiveMQ
control room, to monitor the most complex machine man have ever built -
the Large Hadron Collider; eg the 27km circle where they smash atoms
together and see what happens.
|Felix giving ending keynote, about CERN using ActiveMQ|
There is 85.000 devices, which they need the monitor. Its everything,
from censors on the collider, to fire alarms, door buttons and
whatnot. CERN is definitily a cool place. In fact the coolest place on
earth as well, as they need to cool down the collider, to 1 degree
kelvin. That is - 272 degrees celsius.
Like CERN, the CamelOne conference was very cool.
I discovered a number of other blogs covering the CamelOne
Hope to see you in 2013 at the next CamelOne conference.
As David Reiser tweeted, the conference was awesome.
|David liked the conference|