Back to the future with Java and Retroweaver

Java 5 (also known as Java 1.5) was a fairly major release that makes using Java a lot quicker , easier and cleaner (click here for a full list of the new features, including Meta-Data , concurrency, Generic Types, Profiling , integrated JMX Admin facilities and XML support as part of the java core.).
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The problem is that a lot of Application Servers still require the previous (1.4) Version. Even if you’re running on a Server (such as JBoss) that does fully support Java 5, the chances are upgrading an existing application will take a lot of time , mainly in testing effort to make sure nothing has broken. As Java matures, running on older versions will become more and more of an issue.
So, how do you get the benefit of the latest features , without losing the known stability of the previous version. One solution is Retroweaver which allows you to write in Java 5, and deploy in Java 1.4.
Thanks to Joe Walker’s Blog (Him of DWR fame) for putting me on to this one.

Business Process Management is Service Orientated Architectures Killer Application

Ismael Ghalimi has put it in a nutshell:

BPM is Soaps Killer Application

  • BPM or Business Process Management , is the art / science of capturing what your staff actually do in an IT system (and hopefully help them do their job better in the process).
  • SOA or Service Orientated Architecture is designing your system as a set of endpoints (e.g. Login, get bank balance, transfer money, logout). Most systems already have this functionality, although maybe not clearly laid out.

Ismael goes into more detail , but the idea is that BPM (think Visio Diagram) allows you to draw your workflow. Each step on the workflow is carried out put an action / endpoint provided by some system (using the SOA type design).

25,000 People Download Mans Brain from Internet

Yes, it’s incredible , but true. Red Piranha is everything (well , not exactly everything) that I’ve learnt in 7 years of Java consulting, all wrapped up in a nice easy to go bundle. It’s Enterprise software that gets knowledge out of people’s heads and into a PC (no , it’s not as painful as it sounds!).
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I hadn’t checked the stats for a while , so I’m astonished to learn that 25,000 people have downloaded a copy from sourceforge. What’s more amazing is that these downloads are for version 1 – a sort of ‘mini Google’. As I write this post the latest (beta) version is being made available to developers. This moves it firmly into the Enterprise Web 2.0 space, adding workflow, rules and rich internet application capabilities (including Ajax and mashups) – more on this blogpost.

By the way , if you’re looking for more information on Enterprise Web 2.0 , you can check out Jerry Bowles blog on this area.

Security Seminar in Dublin on 7th September 2006

Brian Honan of BH Consulting passed on news of a Security Seminar in the Burlington Hotel Dublin on the 7th September 2006. If you’re interested in attending , contact Brian directly. The seminar is part of Global Security Week, ( The seminar is free and open to all who wish to attend.

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This year, the theme for Global Security Week is IDENTITY THEFT and as part of this years event a free seminar on Combating Identity Theft will be held on Thursday the 7ths of September at 2:00 p.m. in the Burlington hotel. The purpose of the seminar is to make individuals and companies aware of the threats posed by Identity Theft and how to protect yourself and your company from becoming a victim of this fast growing crime. The US Treasury Department in a recent report says that cyber crime has now outgrown illegal drug sales in annual proceeds, netting an estimated $105 billion in 2004. A recent report published in the Unitised Kingdom shows that companies in the UK have lost over STG£50 million as a result of company identity theft in 2005 alone.

Highlighting the dangers posed by Identity Theft and how individuals and companies can best prevent becoming victims of this crime will be speakers from the following organisations:

  • The Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation
  • ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency)
  • The Companies Registration Office

The agenda for the day is ;

14:00 – 14:15 Introduction
14:15 – 15:15 Identity Theft in the Real World – Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation Protecting your online identity – Garda Computer Crime Unit
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee
15:30 – 16:00 Identity theft – ENISA (the European Network and Information Security Agency)
16:00 – 16:30 Protecting your Company’s identity including demonstration of CORE – Companies Registration Office
16:30 – 16:50 Panel Discussion – How Best to Combat Identity Theft – Panel will include speakers from the day
16:50 – 17:00 Close
The seminar will be hosted in the Burlington Hotel on Thursday the 7th of September from 2:00 p.m. Registration is open to anyone concerned with Identity Theft and places can be booked by simply replying to this email or contacting us on 01 4404065


Global Security Week is a global security awareness initiative in the week leading up to September 11th every year. The idea is simply to coordinate and encourage a wide variety of security-related awareness activities worldwide in that week, taking advantage of the obvious focus on security by the world’s media.

The theme for this year’s Global Security Week is identity theft. During the week, September 4th to 10th 2006, a number of events, workshops and awareness raising activities will take place worldwide to educate, inform and better prepare people to tackle the growing problem of identity theft.

Global Security Week is a public awareness initiative, not a commercial or political venture. We are not trying to obtain funding, de-rail other security awareness activities, nor focus on any particular aspect of security (such as terrorism, information security or physical security). Global Security Week is deliberately designed to be a broadly-scoped event but with a long-term aim to become the main focus for security awareness activities in years to come.

Against a backdrop of global terrorism and organised crime, security in general (and information security in particular) has become a vitally-important sociological and business issue. Commercial and governmental organisations are investing heavily in technical security controls but the security problems caused by people remain largely unaddressed.

Whilst responsible businesses and individuals employ a wide range of security measures, the global Internet community suffers as a result of those irresponsible businesses and home users who remain largely unaware of security. Hackers and spammers frequently take control of insecure Internet-connected systems, for example, to use as platforms for their attacks. Raising the general level of security awareness is the only feasible means of addressing this issue.

For more information about Global Security Week please visit