Monday, December 8, 2008

Demystifying Enhanced Data Integrator with some Demos

The Enhanced SUN Data Integrator lays foundation stone for providing a platform that would facilitate data movement virtually between wide variety of data sources and targets.

Typically Enhanced Data Integrator would work in three different modes :

  1. Basic ETL Mode : Data movement from a relational source to a relational target database.
  2. Advanced ETL Mode : Data movement from any data source (File and JDBC) to a relational data target. This also supports generation of staging database for injecting data into SUN MDM Projects (Project Mural).
  3. Bulk Loader Mode : Supports data loading for delimited files having well replicated relational targets. This is typically useful for loading indexed data (from project Mural) into its target schema/database.

To get the flavor of this, here are couple of videos from the Enhanced SUN Data Integrator bean bag that demos basic and advanced data integrator modes :

SUN Data Integrator - Basic ETL


SUN Data Integrator - Advanced ETL

Enhanced SUN Data Integrator projects can be created with Glassfish ESB RC1 builds under SOA catagory. You can download the installer here

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Get your data dancing to your tunes with SUN Data Integrator (ETL)

SUN Data Integrator (SUN ETL), is getting ready to be even more user friendly with its revamped wizard experience from NetBeans IDE.SUN_Data_Integrator

The new experience will provide users with an option to craft ETL (Extract – Transform - Load) collaborations from data residing in disparate data sources like flat-files, csv-files,  spread sheets (XLS) and relational database tables. It would also support sourcing data from RSS feeds and some simple HTML web tables. User will be able to craft ETL collaborations by selecting combination of such data sources and moving source data to some target database.

Wide variety of relational databases  are supported by SUN Data Integrator of which some of the common once are MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Derby, PostgreSQL etc.

SUN Data Integrator can run as a JBI service (JSR 208 compliant) on the Glassfish Application Server thus enabling Data Integration/ETL as a SOA enabled service. It is also one of the key component for Project Mural (SUN MDM Suite) where it facilitates raw data loading from source systems into the MDM infrastructure. It is also used for loading indexed data (from MDM Project ) to its targeted database platform.

The Enhanced ETL projects also supports generating portable/re-useable ETL packages which could be used/re-used from command-line for simultaneous data loading  from various distributed host machines to a specified target database.

Here is how the integrated story would look like :


Stay tunes to find out more on this topic.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

SUN Shines in the list of Best employers survey ‘08’

SUN Microsystems fared up 19th (read top 20) in Best employers survey for the year 2008.  People voted in favor of Work-Life Balance as the top criterion for their sustained loyalty towards their respective employers.

According to research firm IDC and Dataquest, with the growing average experience in this relatively young software industry, work-life balance seems to be getting one of the top reasons in terms of employee satisfaction followed by compensation and benefits, growth opportunities, overseas exp. and location of the company to state a few.

Having personally witnessed, SUN Microsystems in India keeps its employees motivated at work by embedding work-life balance tactics into its internal policies. The company encourages telecommuting and pays out internet charges used for official purpose. Office wide WIFI, break out rooms, flexible work timings ensure employees are not tied down to their desk and can work from the corner of their comfort. New to the list are employee wellness initiatives through which company pays its employees to sweat out at a GYM of their choice. The open culture at this open source software company justifies the ranking its awarded. Congratulations SUN !

Complete Article on this survey can be read here.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Link your blogs with related content using Sphere

Sphere (now an AOL subsidiary), provides a novel way of linking blogs with contextually relevant content from the web.

You could virtually spin your site as an information hub for your readers by embedding your blogs with Sphere widgets. The approach is bi-directional. Your readers get to read more on the topics that you publish and your blogs get listed into related searches on other blogs.

This synergy helps a great deal to enhance site interaction which results in acquiring new readers.

Here is how it looks on my blog :


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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Master "Data" Management : Its not about "Data" or Technology ?

... de facto, MDM is about the business. Its about improving the business processes.

This is what Tony Fisher, President and CEO of DataFlux says in response to one of the articles that said that 89% of MDM initiatives are started with the notion to rectify inadequacies of data-management infrastructure.

He said, MDM strategy should start with identifying what business problem is being solved followed by streamlining business processes that are part of this problem. Starting with rectifying data is like starting on the wrong side which will just lead to building another data silo, this time called "MDM".

This is an interesting take on MDM and you can read the full article here.

DataFlux is a prominent MDM vendor that sells Data Governance, Data Quality and Master Data Management solutions.

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Get your favorite live TV and Radio channels at your desktop


Delicast is the directory of the streaming media freely available on the Internet. With this, your could quickly locate your favorite international radio and live international television channel and play it in the media player on your desktop.

The site is multilingual and displays the country specific channel listings.

So next time when you are traveling abroad and need to catch up with telecast on your national television, keep this handy!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Google Chrome - A Search Centric Browser

 imageGoogle Chrome, an open source browser from Google, became available for downloads today. It must be just a few minutes past the moment that I noticed a link on Google  search page and downloaded the brand new browser.

Here are some of the key differentiators :

  • Its based on the theme which Google does the best .. Search!!
  • Browser has a combined search and address bar. Browser starts suggesting possible addresses as user starts entering web links or search strings.
  • Each new tab that opens on the browser provides a snapshot of most visited sites, book marks and recent searches.
  • User can search the browsing history instead of looking for it in the drop-down list. Also, users can use incognito window for private browsing where no browsing history is registered.
  • The tabs on the parent browser window can be pulled in and out to form separate windows or tab groups.
  • Each browser tab works as an independent process which means that if a site crashes on one tab, it would leave rest of the tabs intact while bringing down the tab on which a site crashed !!
  • The browser has softness of Apple's Safari and a punch on Mozilla's Firefox. It can  inherits the configuration from the installed browser.


Here is some more info of interest ....

  • Its an open source browser !
  • It uses components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox.
  • Beta released is for windows, Mac and Linux versions would gradually follow
  • Its build over V8, a more powerful java script engine!

With a simple yet winning look and feel, its a browser that you would certainly like to try and decide like other Google products.

Google Chrome can be downloaded here

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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Web 2.0 Style for Printed Newspapers

If you consider user participation as one of the primary ingredient of Web 2.0, Daily Newspapers in India are making a beeline on that route.  web2.0_News

Printed newspapers in India are encouraging Citizen Journalism where readers  contribute to the columns with social and civic issues, eye-opening photography and touching true experiences and stories.

The approach works wonders as it allows reporting of news right from the true source of its creation. It also reduces the load on official reporters and encourages collaboration with the common man. Typically, 5-10 percent of print seem to be originating in the hands of readers these days.

Thanks to the technology as people equipped with cell phone cameras, SMSs, PDAs with wireless Internet and mobile computing are able to catch the action live and report it on proper channel within no time.

Here are some of the interesting examples from a reputed Indian Daily ...

READER REPORTER : Crumbling Bangalore Roads



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Online Storage : We All Need One

Online Data Storage is one of the safest ways of securing your critical data from any accidental digital loss or theft while you're on the move. This also helps to backup critical personal data and share them either selectively or publicly.  image

With plummeting cost of storage media, there are many online alternatives available that are free for use.

Blogs can use this smartly as a distribution media for artifacts that they wish to share (example).

Here is the list of some of the best known web storage sites.

Choose your data insurance policy from here ...

  • Use Your GMail account as a storage media and map it as an extension drive on your Windows Explorer. Use Option1 or Option2 for this.
  • ESnips is another good alternative. It Offers 5 GB of free storage. Allows access controls and provides widgets for rapid bulk upload to the site.
  • XDrive from AOL offers 5 GB of space free with Desktop Data backup widgets.
  • Skydrive is a offering from Microsoft with 5 GB of free storage.
  • ADrive offers 50 GB of free storage.
  • Mozy is another good alternative for Data Backups. This EMC Company offers unlimited, automatic data backups of your PC at a very small monthly expense.
  • is a paid service, however, Box Lite is available with 1 GB of free storage.
  • DropBoks offers 1 GB of free storage with uploads as big as 50MB in size.
  • AllmyData offers 1 GB of free storage.
  • OnmiDrive is a storage aggregator that brings your web and desktop files to a single storage point. It also allows editing of office documents online.
  • Openomy offers 1 GB of free data storage. It also provides developer APIs to access data in a REST-based way.
  • Filesanywhere allows you to upload and share files through email links. 1 GB is offered for free accounts.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Express JSON as Database Table from Enterprise Data Mashup

Project Mural offers an option to express data output from Enterprise Data Mashup (EDM) Service as JSON (Java Script Object Notation).

While JSON naturally gels well with the Java Scripts, there might be a requirement to process JSON with Java Utilities.


Here is a Java based JSON Parser for Project Mural Data Mashup Service that can help you do the following :

  • Visualize your JSON output from Data Mashup service more legibly as well laid table.
  • Convert JSON output into String table that can be viewed as a table into a different platform say, Mobile or a Handheld device.
  • Create Axion Database Tables with JSON data. Later use this to export data into some other database or use this into another Mashup.

You can download the JSON Viewer and the Source Code for this utility and here is how you can use it.

  1. Download and Unzip
  2. From MuralDataMashupViewer, Execute the Main class as follows
  3. Execute one of the following commands. Set your java path if not already done.
  • java-jar JsonFromMashup.jar <Data Mashup Service URL>
  • java-jar JsonFromMashup.jar <Data Mashup Service URL> <DBName> <DBPath>


<Data Mashup Service URL> : URL of your running Data Mashup Service (refer)

<DBName> : Name of the Database to be created containing JSON table

<DBPath> : Absolute path of the location where database needs to be created.

While the former expresses the JSON from service as a table on your output screen, latter also creates a database with JSON data from service that can be user with any other application. The screen shot shows JSON table created in NetBeans DataView abut JSON table expression on the user window.

Also See :

How to Build Server Side Data Mashup using Project Mural

Enterprise Data Mashup with Project Mural

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Get your hands dirty with Mural Hands-On-Lab

Project Mural comprehensive suite bundles components that must inter-work to help user build a functional Master Data Management (MDM) solutions.

Following are the set of core components bundled in the suite :

Being the first open source community focused on MDM, it offers participative platform for the community based development and also encourages contributions in terms of pragmatic MDM solutions based on Mural technologies.

If you wish to take a deep dive into how some of these components can build a MDM solution for you, here is the place to start ....

Mural Hands-On-Lab starts from pulling out the data from a data source and transforming/loading it to a staging area using data integrator. It also shows how a simple master index model can be build that could consume the data from the staging. The lab also highlights how cleanser and profiler can be used on the source data before it could be processed to generate indexed database.

Note that the lab content is based on current implementations. As the components are rapidly evolving, the lab content may need upgrades which will be done in the phased manner.

The hands-on-lab zip can be downloaded here.

Rich set of Mural documentation and training tutorials are also available for a quick start.

Mural Installers can be downloaded from here.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

NetBeans Database Explorer gets a facelift

NetBeans 6.5 will soon be witnessing a much needed change in its Database explorer capabilities which can be accessed from the NetBeans Services Tab.NetBeans-65

Database explorer, predominantly, has been a database query tool with minimal graphically supported SQL on the site. User, however, is provided with SQL interface from where SQL commands can be authored to perform database operations.

The brand new DataView NetBeans module provides many new features for existing NetBeans database explorer besides providing contemporary look and feel to the existing explorer.

Here is the concise list of some cool features that are being introduced in NetBeans 6.5 DB Explorer. The features will be available with NetBeans 6.5 Milestone 2 Release.

  1. Sort results based on a column
  2. Edit data from a query and commit changes
  3. Display number of returned records
  4. Pagination, Option to set page size
  5. Copy selected records with/without HEADER detail
  6. Generate SQL script for CREATE, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE statements from resultset data.
  7. New records can be INSERTED in the table using a graphical panel.
  8. Delete Selected rows
  9. Truncate the table
  10. Optimized pagination for MySQL and Postgres

Apart from this, some of the advanced features like suppressing edit buttons and row editing when data is being fetched from multiple tables are part of the recent enhancements.

Also, SQL editor has been empowered by advanced features like SQL Code Completion and SQL History to enthrall the users.

Here is the glimpse of added tooling on the SQL Editor viz-a-viz the existing one.

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Sun SOA/MDM team is the prime contributor of this functionality to the NetBeans design community.

If you are looking for some more details on this feature, you can get it here.

You may also like to review some more New and Note Worthy NetBeans 6.5 Milestone 2 features.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How to build Server Side Data Mashup using Project Mural

Here is step-by-step write-up on how SUN's Open Source Master Data Management (MDM) Suite can be used to build Server Side Data Mashup without practically writing any code!
Please note that Data Mashup technology at SUN is being constantly evolved even as you are reading this blog. Intent of this write up is to give readers a detailed peek into existing capabilities and what it could offer when made available in the coming Mural releases.
Here's the use case to aid the concept being explained ...

Sandra owns a small laboratory equipment shop in Denver. Her suppliers have levied a 2% additional tax on the transportation cost which varies based on the distance of delivery. (gas is expensive and nothing is free). Sandra is looking out to optimize her profit margins by sourcing more from near by dealers. She needs a service that gives her distance of delivery of her suppliers. She has her supplier data on a spread sheet and she is able to Google out delivery point address of all lab equipment vendors in the US from Internet (each with unique state allotted vendor ids). Lets see how data mashup can help her with the cost cutting mission.

1. NetBeans IDE
2. Glassfish App Server
3. SUN Data Integrator and SUN Data Mashup Service Engine (JBI Runtime)
4. SUN Data Integrator and SUN Data Mashup Design time environment NetBeans Modules

Step 1: Identify your data sources

There are two data sources involved here.

  • Spreadsheet (Data format available with Sandra)
  • A text file with csv data (Data from Internet)


Step 2: Create Mashup Database 

  1. Launch your NetBeans IDE
  2. Go to Tools --> Mashup Database --> Create Mashup Database.create-mashupdb
  3. Name the database appropriately for the project/service it serves. Say Finish. A success message confirms that the database was created

Step 3: Add External table (Spread Sheet) to the created mashup database

As the database involved here is non-relational, data needs to be staged into a relational database so as to use it into a federated data pool.

  1. Go to Tools --> Mashup Database --> Add External Tables ...add-ext-table-1
  2. Add the spread sheet data into the mashup database
  3. Browse to the xls folder and select the file. Add it into Selected table list.add-ext-table-2
  4. Ensure that correct table type is listed by verifying the highlighted blocks. add-ext-table-3
  5. Preview the data and say next.
    add-ext-table-4 add-ext-table-5
  6. Edit the column properties by double clicking on the column fields in the table. Press enter when done. The changes get reflected in preview table window.add-ext-table-7
  7. Press Finish and look out for success message to confirm that the table was added.

Step 4: Add External table (Text File) to the created mashup database

As the database involved here is non-relational, data needs to be staged into a relational database so as to use it into a federated data pool.

  1. Go to Tools --> Mashup Database --> Add External Tables ...
  2. Add Text file (delimited) data into the mashup database
  3. Browse to the folder with text file. Select and add it into table list. Go to Next.add-ext-table-8
  4. Ensure that correct table type is listed by verifying the highlighted blocks.add-ext-table-9
  5. Change the table Metadata properties like default precision, delimiter etc suitable for file setting. Preview if the data in the text file is parsed properly and say 'Next'.add-ext-table-10
  6. Change the default column names to some appropriate names. Say Finish.add-ext-table-11
  7. Look out for success message to confirm that the table was added.

Step Verification

  • Verify that the database was created in the NetBeans Services Tab with tables and columns.
  • Right click on the table and 'View Data' to see if the data from spread sheet and CSV file in available in the database.


Step 5: Creating Mashup Project using NetBeans

  1. On the NetBeans menu, go to File --> New Project --> SOA --> EDM Module --> Next
  2. Name your mashup project and select the location where you want the project to be created. Finish the wizard.
  3. Observer the Mashup project being created at the specified location. Project also shows up as active project on the NetBeans projects tab
  4. On the NetBeans Project tab, browse to the Mashup Project (SandraEDMApp for this demo). Right click on the 'defaultpackage' node and select New --> Others --> SOA --> EDM --> Next on the pop-up.create-proj-3
  5. Name the EDM file (SandraEDM for this project ) and Finish the wizard. A blank canvas is created on the active NetBeans window. Also, observe that SandraEDM.edm is created under default package of your SandraEDMApp project.


Step 6: Creating Data Join

Till the previous step, we have achieved bringing the diverse data into a common staging area. In order to create federated view, data in the staging tables need to be federated. Here is how it can be done by creating data joins.

  1. From the NetBeans palette, drag-and-drop the join operator on the mashup canvas.
  2. Create New Join View editor comes up on this action.
  3. Press "All" button on the editor to join all the tables.
    Note that join preview gives an option of editing join types i.e. inner, outer etc.create-join-1
  4. Select OK to finish the wizard. Canvas will be added with additional root join widget.
  5. Open Properties panel on NetBeans and select Root Join Widget by clicking over it.
  6. Edit the join condition by edit button on Join condition property.create-join-2
  7. For this case join condition is (SANDRA_DATA.VENDORID = SUPPLIER_ADDRESS.VENDORID) where vendorid was the Licence Id for the vendor.
  8. Do not forget to insert the Runtime Input Argument into the mashup design. You can insert the argument (arg_0 which is the default value) as shown below.add_input_arg
  9. Save the project. Right click on the project and select Build Project. Observer that SandraEDM.wsdl is created below in the project node.
  10. Your Data Mashup is ready to be deployed as a service !!

Step 7: Deploy Data Mashup in Glassfish App Server

  1. To create a composite application, go to NetBeans files menu. Under Files, select --> New Project --> SOA --> Composite Application -- Next.
  2. Select Project Location and Name for the Composite Application Project. For this project, name being selected is SandraEDMCompApp.
  3. Select Finish. Observe that the Composite App project is created on the NetBeans Projects tab. Also observer that a casa (composite application service assembly) editor opens up in the NetBeans.
  4. Now add Mashup Application to the JBI modules of the composite app. Right-click on the JBI Modules and select Add JBI Module.. from the list. Select SandraEDMApp project in the list shown and say Add Project Jar File. Observe EDM app being added as JBI Module in the Composite App.deploy-proj-1
  5. From the casa editor palette, drag and drop the HTTP WSDL bindings into the editor and build the comp app once. An end point for connection to SandraEDMApp comes up on the editor.
  6. Connect the HTTP consumer endpoint to the SandraEDMApp endpoint.deploy-proj-2
  7. Build the Composite App project once again.

Step 8: Tweaking the Composite App wsdl

* Note that this step would eventually be removed but this is what is needed for now.

  1. Double click and open the wsdl generated in SandraEDMCompApp --> Process files --> SandraEDMCompApp.wsdl
  2. Here is how to tweak the wsdl :
  • Include part into node <http:operation location="(part)"/>
  • change <http:urlEncoded/> to <http:urlReplacement/>
  • Change the http service url to include a concerete port instaed of the default port from where mashup service can be accessed i.e. replace ${HttpDefaultPort} with <available port no on the host>. For this project, I am using 9097

Right click on the Composite Application project and Deploy the Application. Look for the success message and verify the same on the Glassfish Application Server.

Step 9: Accessing the Mashup Service.

Open the browser and hit the following URL

where is the ip address of the host running the service.

Observe that the federated view of the data in two different data sources is reported in JSON format.


Note that the output data format can be changed to xml or webrowset by changing mashup-engine properties and redeploying the same into Glassfish JBI services.

Step 10: Using the Data from Mashup Service

The JSON output from the service can be parsed using standard JSON parsers in any application. The Vendor addresses can be parsed and fed into a Google Locator service and approximate distance to business addresses can be fetched. Based on this, Sandra (hope we still remember her !) can get some crucial insight about sourcing her business from near-by vendors. By the virtue of being a JBI service, data can also be sent over to other services using SUN Enterprise Service Bus.

Database files used to create this Mashup can be downloaded from here.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Generate PDF like a breeze !


It is often desirable to have a desktop utility that could generate PDF out of documents that you read in various formats or share them with your team.

Here is an open source utility that you could download and install that does this job just right!

PDF Creator installs itself on your windows machine just like any other printer on your network. Thus, when you print, the printable content (document, web page, image etc.) gets converted into pdf document and can be saved to your file system.

Of course, Open Office also provides you with a pdf generator for the documents that you can open there but PDF Creator does it like a breeze!

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Enterprise Data Mashup with Project Mural

If I have to explain data mashup to someone in the simplest terms, here is what I would say ...
When data from more than one data source (can be heterogeneous sources i.e. RSS, HTML, Spread Sheet, RDBMS , Flat Files, Web Services etc.) is federated and integrated into a single application which can be exposed as a web-service, a Data Mashup is said to   Mural-logo-web have been created. The mashup service created in such a way can be of a completely different character vis-a-vis services or sources that contributed data into this mashup. In other words, data mashup potentially can offer a completely different brand of service by the virtue of federated data that could make the available data more meaningful for the end user.
Broadly speaking, data can be federated into a mashup either on the client side as is done by Yahoo Pipes or it can be done on the Server Side using Open Data Services components from Project Mural
Project Mural offers support for building Server Side Data Mashup. Being fully integrated with NetBeans IDE, it allows syndication of data from various enterprise level data sources and exposes it as a web service.  Data Mashup Service engine is a JSR208 (JBI) compliant service that can be deployed in the Glassfish application server. NetBeans also provides for complete graphical support for editing SQL joins between the federated data tables and also supports orchestration of service using BPEL editor.
Project Mural Data Mashup can be build using all Netbeans supported relational data sources. Apart from this, it also supports non-relational sources like Spread Sheets, Flat Files, HTML, RSS and XML by creating relational mappings using the user friendly wizards.
Information provided by the Mashup service is in JSON,XML and WebRowSet format currently. This data can be placed on the enterprise service bus using Open ESB components. Plenty of cool features are planned around this effort in Project Mural in the coming releases.
Stay Tuned and Watch out for more in this category ....
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Project MURAL : Master Data Management (MDM) goes Open Source

Project Mural is yet another ambitions offering from SUN that was formally announced to the community somewhere in the beginning of June '08 along with the availability of Java CAPS 6.

With this, SUN becomes the First open source MDM software vendor to offer gamut of functionality that empowers various transformational initiatives like CDI (Customer Data Integration), PIM (Product Information Management), Building data services using SOA and creating Enterprise Data mashups.

The suite offers variety of functionality under the single hood. Data management capabilities such as ETL (Extract - Transform - Load), Data Quality (Rules based profiling and cleansing), Matching, Standardization/Normalization, Single entity view generation (called Master Data) from variety of distributed data sources, generation of federated data queries using data mashups are some of it to name a few.

MDM Suite leverages the infrastructure of well established communities like NetBeans, GlassFish and OpenESB as seen in the poster.

The initiatives directly affect the enterprise bottom line by providing indexed, de-duplicated view of distributed data which is cleansed of human errors and free of anomalies.

A lot can be read about it on the following official links.

PROJECT MURAL : Master Data Management (MDM) goes Open Source at Blogged
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Monday, May 26, 2008

What makes Open Source Communities Thrive

Today I attended a session by David Axmark - Co-founder of MySQL, one of the most popular enterprise level database which was recently bought over by SUN and has been open sourced.

The session was one of the general information session which covered, high level design, road map, community development etc about MySQL. David strongly advocated "open source" strategy for his database technology. I liked his thoughts about open-sourcing and here are some of the take aways ...

Faster Turn around for product defects : Bugs reported on the propritory software take ages to resolve (most of the times). Bugs once reported get into vendors tracking database and most of the times user does not have a mechanism to see the status and contact the designer working on it. On the contrary, bugs filed against open source software are open source as well. Community can see the bugs and anyone is free to pick up the bugs and drive them to resolution. In most of the cases, this is fast, transparent and robust

Faster time to market : Contributions to open source is not bound to any release cycle or does not result out of any market forecasts. Community developers often use the open source code base to add on value added features and support as and when it appears relevant to them. In the bargain, as the community gets active around the product, product gets feature rich exponentially. To cite an example, SQL Server supports almost all languages including the recent once like ruby etc.

Quality Aspects : Open Source products are built under strict community vigilance. 100 balls are watching every moment to any changes being done. This adds quality to the contributed source that finally makes it to the production.

On being asked about what does it take to build a successful open source community like MySQL, he said ....

A. The product must address the real problem for which people still struggle to have a good solution.

B. Resort to short but relevant and quick product updates. Typically , come up with releases that have one big increment and hundreds of small but relevant updates to start with.

C. Complement the offerings with good documentation and easily accessible binary downloads so that the product can be quickly accessed, configured and used. Its a good idea to maintain a 15 or 20 min time threshold to what user would need to get started with the product. Complex configurations and heavy installations are deterrents to early inceptions to some otherwise great products.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Sun JavaOne 2008, San Francisco, USA : A picturesque summary

Ever imagined dressing up yourself with an expensive embroidered shirt and then hiding it behind a high neck black coat. This, by no means, demeans the worthiness of the shirt you possess however, your inability to sport it to the outside world definitely makes your pricey possessions lose its steam.

SUN Java One Conference is all about this. This is the confluence where geeks and gurus of technology industry around the world meet up and exhibit their latest and greatest products and inventions on a common platform provided by SUN Microsystems.

I was fortunate to be part of SUN Java One 2008 this year. Java One was held at San Francisco, Moscone center between 6th - 9th May, 2008.

Here are some of the things that I did there :

1. Conducted Pod Duties on the Project Mural Pod.

2. Spoke to Pod visitors at length about Open Source MDM (Master Data Management) offering and role of Project Mural in packaging all these together. Mural Pod witnessed variety of visitors that varied from CTOs, CEOs, Startup founders, journalists, analysts, students, technology freelancers, tech freaks and last but not the least, goodies seekers !

3. Running visitors through Sync Demo put up by the team at the Project Mural pod.

4. Delivered a community cornet Talk on Project Mural with Srinivasan Rengarajan (Mural Architect). The talk was well received by the attendees.

5. Meeting with Students from SJSU (San Jose State University) and their Dean, Dr Dan Harkey, to discuss about the ongoing engagements on research projects with them.

See Students and Mural Community for more details.
Also see Blogs from Sandeep Konchady, Mural community coordinator at SJSU.

6. Attended general session by James Gosling, co-inventor of Java.

7. Proctored following Java One Hands - on - Labs:
  • Plug into GlassFish™ V3 With JavaServer™ Faces and jMaki
  • SIP Performance benchmarking
  • Adding Convergence of media to your Java EE application using NetBeans and Sailfin.

8. Visited other pods and spent some time to understand the offerings from other open source vendors.

Here are some pictures that explains the grandeur and exuberance at Java One Pavilion :

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