Java BarCamp Paris 4th ed. : Cloud and DDD

A big success! It was full of people in the great Google’s office. 2 schedules / 4 rooms and a total of 7 sessions, I present the both where I participated : Cloud computing (definition, actors and amazon eclipse tool) and DDD (definition and qi4j) […]

A big success! It was full of people in the great Google’s office. 2 schedules / 4 rooms and a total of 7 sessions, I present the both where I participated :

Cloud computing
Not really a Java subject but it attract people. We tried to define the cloud computing and we fixed that there is 3 offers :

  • IAAS (Infrastructure as a Service): this is typical Amazon services products, S3 for storage and EC2 for virtualized servers. Amazon offer very basic service now with a very powerful management tool in Eclipse plug-in (see the demo). There is also Elastic Grid proposing to develop and deploy easily on the Amazon infrastructure, GoGrid an Amazon concurrent. I believe that the recent IBM / Sun merge will create new offerings.
  • SAAS (Software as a Service): we find a lot of solutions (often based on the previous offer), for example Amazon SimpleDB, Amazon SQS, Google Apps, Microsoft Azure Services CloudMQ, ZumoDrive … and I could continue like a long time…
  • PAAS (Platform as a Service): is hosting the application on a common and scalable platform, it is typically Google AppEngine, it is possible to deploy all yours web application if you know Python. Microsoft probably has a deal in Azure (I should have a look) and Sun has just launched Zembly.

A lot of discussion on what about offline, security, and where is java in the cloud. For me offline mode is really important in a world of increasingly nomad people. Cloud is primarily storage space allowing me to share my data between my devices, then an area of services, and finally deployment platform of my apps.
Finished managing a backup that is never done, losed time finding  a way to share data and finally used USB key, now my data are in the cloud and synchronized on all my devices. I have set up Zumodrive in my company and it’s very cool, the documents are shared even outside the company and I don’t care about backup.
Security is the most bigger difficulty for acceptance in the company, I hear the same remarks when talking about the payment on Internet ten years ago. All these services are secure and there is no zero risk.
Java have his place in the cloud on client and server side. The multi platform aspect facilitates the developments on the client (eg: ZumoDrive client is in Java), I want to see more and more Java APIs « cloud-ready » facilitating the integration of service in code. Similarly on the server side I look forward to Google AppEngine in Java.
Finally the advantage of cloud computing is primarily economic, smalls company are the first customers and have found lower cost and flexible capabilities.

DDD (Domain Driven Design)
I had little success at the last barcamp with this subject, this time it was proposed by others much more stronger than me and have made relevant arguments on the benefits of the concept. One of the important point raised we used talking too much technical and framework implementation than focus more on the reality, something that we tend to forget wanting to put our new framework in our code. I talked about Qi4j, that is not pure DDD implementation, but is for me the best way to modelling reality. I want make a demo of my medical record implemented with Qi4j to really prove that this approach is relevant.
Of course I’m convinced that a DDD refactoring of an existing code is difficult. DDD is a best practice and a new way of development vision. Have to follow for sure …

Thank you again to the organizers. It is always a good opportunity to exchange. And i hope Google will open their doors as often as possible;)