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BEA Hosts dev2dev Days Events Worldwide

BEA Hosts dev2dev Days Events Worldwide

The BEA (http://dev2dev.bea.com) dev2dev Team went global this fall with the first-ever "dev2dev Days" events taking place (with sold-out crowds!) in 11 cities. This one-day, code-level training event offered developers, development managers, and architects a comprehensive look at the new BEA WebLogic Platform 7.0, as well as a peek into some upcoming BEA technology releases. Created by the BEA dev2dev team and BEA Education Services, these events are part of BEA's ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the developer community and ease the complexity of J2EE development. Stops on the tour included Beijing, Boston, Frankfurt, London, Mumbai, New York, Rome, San Francisco, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Vienna, VA. Additional events are being planned in Brazil, Mexico, Israel, The Netherlands, and Washington, DC.

Integration and Web Services
Dev2dev Days presentations and demonstrations were centered around a fictitious company but modeled on a typical, real-world enterprise scenario involving custom application development; integrating legacy systems; connecting with partners, customers, and suppliers; automating manual processes; portal development, and more. Presenters walked through the business drivers - and the cast of characters involved in just about any enterprise IT scenario - for technology infrastructure and change, and then architected, built, and integrated the desired solution from the ground up. The original architecture, laden with disparate and unconnected systems and manual-intensive business processes, was converted to a standards-based distributed system that seamlessly connects a variety of data, applications, and users - and is flexible and easily managed.

The technologies highlighted during the demonstrations included Web services as a key integration enabler; business process management for documenting, modeling, and executing business processes; workflow design, monitoring, and administration; the J2CA architecture for standards-based application connectivity; and portals for "user integration" and personalization. The BEA technologies used included WebLogic Server 7.0, WebLogic Workshop, WebLogic Integration, and WebLogic Portal.

Event presenters were BEA's Tyler Jewell, director of technical evangelism; Michael Smith Jr., principal technologist; and Sam Ramji, Web services architect; each of whom brought their unique enterprise and technologies expertise to the training.

BEA Partners Offer Perspectives
Dev2dev Days featured an impressive lineup of software and hardware vendors who sponsored the global road show. Attendees heard presentations from experts at HP, TogetherSoft, and Intel, and had a chance to see demos and throw hard questions at representatives from these vendors, as well as experts from Borland, Sitraka, and Rational Software over lunch and breaks. The speakers from Intel discussed optimizing performance for WebLogic Server on Intel-based architecture and tuning the WebLogic jrockit VM, and provided a look at the Itanium and Xeon processor roadmap, plus an intriguing preview of new hyper-threading technology. HP's presentation focused on "designing and developing for manageability," emphasizing the importance of building for manageability from the start.

TogetherSoft focused on the tight integration between Together Control Center and BEA WebLogic Workshop, as presenters demonstrated quick and simple steps to build, deploy, and test a Java Web Service leveraging the new TogetherSoft ControlCenter Accelerator for WebLogic Workshop.

SYS-CON Media, Sams Publishing, and Java Magazin were media sponsors.

Education, Code, and Free Stuff
Attendees received an impressive array of materials, including WebLogic Platform 7.0 evaluation software, a WebLogic Server 7.0 self-study course from BEA Education and discounts on other training, a copy of WebLogic Developers Journal, a dev2dev T-shirt, and a CD with all the code samples, demos, and presentations from the event, including a detailed demonstration guide - so developers could test drive the sample application at home. They were also among the first to snag a copy of WebLogic Workshop Kick Start from Sams Publishing - the first book to focus on BEA's new Web services development framework and runtime environment.

Did You Miss Out?!
To get more information on dev2dev Days, or to review sponsor presentations, visit http://dev2dev.bea.com/dev2devdays.jsp. Developers interested in similar training should contact their regional sales and marketing team for future events or check out the "Introduction to WebLogic Platform 7.0" eLearning course from BEA Education Services (http://education.bea.com).

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