Thursday, July 9, 2009

Seeding Cloud Computing: A Conversation With Java Champion Alan Williamson

This series of interviews spotlights Java Champions, individuals who have received special recognition from Java developers across industry, academia, Java User Groups (JUGs), and the larger community.

Bio: Alan Williamson, named the UK's first Java Champion in 2006, has spent more than 15 unusually productive years as a developer. He graduated with full honors in computer science from the University of Paisley in Scotland in 1994. He was for several years editor in chief of Java Developer's Journal, a major resource for the Java community. In 1998, he created the BlueDragon Java CFML runtime engine that, among other things, powers He works as a consultant to many startups and more recently cofounded aw2.0 Ltd, a software company specializing in deploying software solutions within cloud networks.

On November 20, 2008, he conducted the first-ever immersive cloud computing daylong boot camp, and in January of 2009, he was named editor of the new Cloud Computing Journal. (JSC): You are the cofounder of aw2.0 Ltd, a software company that specializes in deploying software solutions within cloud networks. On November 20, 2008, you conducted the first-ever immersive cloud computing boot camp for a day. How did it go?

Williamson: What a day! We prepared a whole day's worth of material, complete with hands-on demos and samples, but due to the sheer volume of people and the number of questions asked, we didn't get to half of our content.

People hear all the marketing hype, but they're desperate to know the finer details. Just what does the cloud mean to you, the developer? What does it mean when I spin up an image? How does it look? What can't I do? Those are the kinds of things we tried to answer.

One of the things that surprised many was just how "familiar" it was when it was demonstrated for real. Once we removed all the new fancy buzzwords, people could see what all the fuss was about. We've got another coming up in May '09 in Prague, with updated content, but by and large, it's another day of demystifying the cloud.

JSC: In September 2008, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said: "The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do... The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish... When is this idiocy going to stop?"

How do you respond to Ellison?........................................

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