Saturday, October 25, 2008

Microsoft Joins AMQP working group

 Decision to join AMQP Working Group based on commitment to
openness,interoperability and providing customer choice.

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft
Corp. today announced that it is joining the Advanced Message
Queuing Protocol (AMQP) Working Group, an organization
focused on the development of the AMQP specification. Microsoft
is joining the AMQP Working Group at the request of its members,
including several of Microsoft's customers in the financial services
industry, in order to support the development of an open industry
standard for ubiquitous messaging.

AMQP is a specification for platform-neutral, open standards-based
business messaging. The primary goal of AMQP is to enable the
communications necessary for business processes. AMQP Working
Group members are collaborating on specifications for messaging
infrastructure that provide businesses with a simple and more
powerful way of connecting messaging-dependent applications both
within and between firms. By joining the AMQP Working Group,
Microsoft is seeking to contribute toward the development of such
solutions and to enable greater customer choice in the marketplace.

"Customers are seeking scalable solutions with lower costs that will
allow messaging within the enterprise and outside the corporate
infrastructure," said Sam Ramji, senior director of platform strategy
at Microsoft. "By joining the AMQP Working Group, Microsoft is
aiming to contribute to the development of the specification in ways
that will best promote interoperability for existing market
implementations and provide customers with increased choice."

Message-based transports with security and transactional integrity
are a vital infrastructure component throughout institutions. As
Microsoft continues to provide vertical industry solutions, AMQP will
provide an alternative to current messaging options. The AMQP
specification and related implementations may provide greater
interoperability for a number of vertical scenarios in addition to
financial services, insurance and healthcare, among others.

AMQP Working Group members embraced the news of Microsoft's
decision to join.

"The AMQP Working Group is doing great work to facilitate open
and interoperable standards for messaging infrastructure across
platforms," said Adrian Kunzle, head of Engineering and
Architecture at J.P. Morgan."We welcome Microsoft's commitment
as another step toward AMQP becoming the preferred connectivity
for business messaging on the Internet."

"Cisco has long been a proponent of open industry standards that
benefit our customers," said Pranta Das, technical leader for Cisco
Systems Inc. and member of the AMQP Working Group. "We are
pleased to welcome Microsoft to the AMQP Working Group as we
continue to develop open specifications for messaging."

Paul Fremantle, chief technology officer of WSO2 Inc., another
working group participant, noted: "We welcome Microsoft's
commitment to openness and the AMQP messaging specification.
Their participation will be valuable to our efforts to support the
development of interoperability solutions across heterogeneous
IT environments."

Members of the AMQP Working Group are Cisco, Credit Suisse,
Deutsche Boerse Systems, Envoy Technologies Inc., The Goldman
Sachs Group Inc.,iMatix Corporation, IONA Technologies,
J.P. Morgan, Novell, Rabbit Technologies Ltd., Red Hat Inc.,
TWIST Process Innovations Ltd., WSO2 and
29West Inc.

More information about Microsoft's interoperability efforts can be
found at

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

ApacheCon US 2008 New Orleans

ApacheCon is a week of open source goodness straight from the source of the Apache Software Foundation, featuring intense training classes over two days followed by three days of more than 60 sessions by the creators of open source software such as the Apache httpd webserver, Tomcat, Lucene, Hadoop and more.

Unable to attend ApacheCon? No Problem!

Just register for the live streaming and follow the event live from your own PC. After the live transmission, you can view repeats of the talks, whenever and as often as you like.

ApacheCon US 2008 features:

  • Over a dozen Training Workshops from industry experts -- half-day, full-day and two-day classes are offered.
  • More than 60 1-Hour Sessions on System Admin, Enterprise Web Services, Open Source & Business and more.
  • For the first time, attendees may join Apache Committers at the Hackathon
  • The Fast Feather Track returns, featuring short and to-the-point updates on the latest emerging technology from Apache
  • The standing-room-only Business Panel returns to kick-off the Business Track
  • Attendee-organized Birds of a Feather sessions bring together like-minded people
  • An ApacheCon favorite, Lightning Talks are fast, furious, and fun!
  • World-class Keynotes and vendor Expo

Done with Google Summer of Code 2008

I'm really proud to inform everyone that I have completed my Google Summer of Code project this year and that is the first time I'm doing the Gsoc. I'm really satisfying the way I have completed it and I kept on writing code continuously and the important thing is that I never left stuff to handle at the end and kept on doing things in a continuous manner.
Next important thing happen to me is adding another project for my committing list which is Apache Qpid, previously I had committing rights for Apache Axis2C, Apache Axis2, Rampart/C and WS-Commons, now I'm happy to have committing rights for Apache Qpid which is the project which I most likely to being with. I have already committed the code in to SVN and change the build. I thought of writing a blog post in order to thank all the people who helped me over this.
First I got this oppurtunity simply because I was expose in to the open source world when I was in my internship at WSO2.I have to thank to the university and all the staff members and all my colleagues in my batch. Then I have to thank to people who personally advice me to select WSO2 for the internship who are Vajira Ginneliya (my cousin) and Dinesh Premalal (Senior student from my university and currently reading for his MSc). Thank you very much all the employees at WSO2 for helping me to have a great time during my internship.
Then I have to thank all the people who helped me to make my Gsoc proposal a success, first I have to thank Rajith Athapaththu (who works for RedHat in Canada). He was the one who adviced on how to make my proposal effecive and he kept on helping me for the whole period of time I spent with Gsoc and thanks Rajith Ayya for your assist and I really really appriciate. And next important people were Aidan Skinner, Marnie McCormack and Martin Ritchie who were my mentors and I think I'm the most luckies guy with Gsoc to have mentors like them, and if I wasn't get Aidans help I might not be able to complet my Gsoc in this way so BIG THANK YOU FOR AIDAN....THANKS DUDE THANKS A LOT.I shouldn't forget the Qpid developers community and they were very helpful for me whenever they can and I really appriciate your great assist and thank you very much for being helpful for me during last couple of months.I have to give a special thanks for Leslie Hawthorn from Googles side and she was always in our side and helped emmensely to make everybodies project success. And thanks for Google for organizing the event and allowing us to get in to open source world with a great exposure.I'm always reminding all my family members whom always there with me my Mom Dad and three bros.
I will be working with Qpid community as much as possible simply because I love that and that's my pleasure to contribute towards ASF.