Talend joins the JCP

One of the important differentiators between Apache CXF and some of it’s competitors has been it’s support for standards, both “on the wire” standards like SOAP and API standards like JAX-WS and JAX-RS. When Apache resigned from the JCP last year, there was a lot of concern about whether CXF would be able to continue to be involved with the defining and implementing the standards. As an Apache member, I fully support the actions that Apache took as there really wasn’t a good alternative. However, it did leave a gap in some of the projects abilities to participate in the specifications.

I’m happy to announce that Talend has joined the JCP to allow some of our contributors like myself and Sergey to continue being involved and help shape the future of the standards that CXF implements. The immediate benefit is that Sergey can jump into the JAX-RS 2.0 discussions and help make sure that JAX-RS 2.0 can meet the needs of CXF users. The combination of the JAX-WS and JAX-RS programming models in CXF is a great combination of technologies and making sure the CXF users needs are well represented is important.

For a more complete discussion of Talends thoughts, see Fabrice’s blog entry on Talends site. From my standpoint, the most important piece to understand is that this shows Talend is not just committed to supporting CXF and the other Apache projects we are involved in, but also in investing in making sure the projects continue to innovate and move forward to solve users needs and problems. That is one of the unique points that makes Talend special.

7000 commits later……

On July 22, 2005, I did my first commit into the Apache subversion repository. That commit was the first part of bringing Apache CXF (was called CeltixFire at the time) to Apache.

This morning, according to svnsearch, I committed my 7000th change. That’s a lot of changes. Kind of silly milestone, but I’m proud of it. I’m certainly happy to have had jobs that allow me to spend a lot of time working on the Apache projects as part of my job.

Off to starting working on some more commits…… 🙂

What do you want me to talk about?

Talend is conducting a survey to help prioritize various topics people might be interesting in learning about relating to the Apache projects that we support and participate in. This is a great opportunity for people to let us know where you think we need to provide better documentation, official training, webinars, etc… to help people become more proficient with the technologies.

Part of this information will also be used to help me determine what people are interested in hearing me (and my other team members) talk about in Webinars. We’re going to be starting a series of recorded Webinars on various topics and finding out what people would like to see is important in making sure they are relevant and interesting.

The survey is very short. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. I highly encourage folks interested in Apache CXF, Apache Camel, Apache Karaf, etc…. to take the survey and provide valuable feedback.