The opening session was interesting. The new CEO definitely wants to shake things up. On the good side, he wants SGHE to start acting like one company, which make a lot of sense. On the scary side, he seems to want to release more things, faster – that can be taxing for us unless they do things very well. Maya Angelou was very good too. I’m glad I got to hear her speak.
Next, I went to the UDC Technical Opening session. This was an interesting session. They appear to be moving to a Java mid-tier with an RIA client (Flex or AJAX) for many things. With the Java-tier they mentioned the Spring library and Hibernate for object-relational mapping. This is very flexible architecture, but they are signalling a shift from Oracle – I think- if you use an ORM you should be able to choose your own database. For ID management, they’re using SPML and mentioned extending CAS. The Luminis 5 preview mentioned some good improvements, plus a shift away from uPortal. We should start looking at true Portlet/JSR-168 development for channels. Here are some othe keywords that came up – Apache CXF, TerraCotta (for caching) and JackRabbit as a simple CMS. Also, Luminis 5 is sticking with Tomcat which is fine for me. For UI development, they basically said start ramping up your Flex skills as well as straight HTML/CSS. They also said to get familiar with Eclipse as well as Flex Builder (which is built on Eclipse or can be installed as a plugin) and possibly Aptana – which is also available as standalone or an Eclipse plugin.
To cap off the day, Anita, Erin, Joanne and I met with Mark Zimmerman, LInda Jessup and Melissa King to discuss EM. I also told Melissa that we’d love to start helping with a dev kit – either beta or pre-release. Erin and I spoke with some people from Univeristy of San Diego and Sherri Z. from Lehigh.