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Episode 45 - SpringSource's Ben Alex on Roo, a Java-based agile framework

Ben Alex carved out some time to talk to me about the SpringSource Roo project, a very interesting and different take on Convention over Configuration Frameworks.

All of the major prior frameworks seem to use dynamic and meta-programming tricks to get work done.  Ben's team focused on taking advantage of the Java platform, and hence Roo is a fast, java-and-AOP solution for getting things done using existing APIs like JPA and Spring's APIs.  Applications are built using a command-line shell (even with code completion, just hit tab!) but in the end, they are just maven-based Spring projects.

You can find out more about Roo itself by visiting

Mentioned in the podcast is the book "The Humane Interface" by Jeff Raskin.  Ben says that reading that book helped him form the basis for his ideas about Roo.

Ben Alex can be reached via twitter as @benalexau, and the #roo hashtag gets quite a workout.  We also suggest visiting the forums, as JIRA issues posted there are generally answered promptly. 

Chariot Solutions is a SpringSource education and consulting partner.

Direct download: ChariotTechCast-2009-11-19-Ben-Alex-Roo.mp3
Category:techcast -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Episode 44: Manik Surtani on JBoss Infinispan Distributed Data Grid and Cache

Today's guest is Manik Surtani, from the JBoss Infinispan project. 

Infinispan is a data grid project that grew out of JBoss Cache, and is able to dynamically ramp up and down cache nodes at will.  Manik discusses the various features of the engine, including querying, monitoring, scalability, and more.

Visit the Infinispan project site at

Infinispan tweets on the @Infinispan username, and you can watch all tweets related to Infinispan at #infinispan

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Direct download: ChariotTechCast-2009-11-17_Infinispan.mp3
Category:techcast -- posted at: 4:34pm EST

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