Eric D. Schabell: December 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

JBoss year in review 2012

This has been quite a year for me, with a big jump to a new adventure from JBoss Solution Architect in the Benelux region to JBoss Technology Evangelist (JTE) in the JBoss Middleware Business Unit.

I could not be happier since making this move. I have been able to get a lot done for the field that I was not able to do like demos, howto blogs and more.

I love to write. It is that simple. I have been lucky enough to find time to write on all kinds of projects this year. Blogging was a big theme with seventy five (75) articles in 2012. You can find the JBoss content here, on and over at I have joined with Java Code Geeks site and was invited as a DZone MVB which means both sites republish content from my blog. I have published several articles at JAX online, several over at and a book called OpenShift Primer at I also lined up a Chinese translator and you will find links at the bottom of my articles that direct you to a translation.

I even found some time to work on a novella and a few short stories are in the works as I write this, all non-technical in nature. A writer writes, everything!

This year we got our first ever Red Hat / JBoss branded cycling gear. I logged over 2k km in places like the Veluwe, Limburg, Belgium and even participated in the ALS tour for a good cause (106km in 4,5 hours)!

I finally split out my tweeting on cycling to a new account @RedHatCycling, check it out if you want to keep up on my adventures on two wheels.

I sure got to move around this big old world this year, starting with the first 6 months as a JBoss SA and finishing with story telling trips as a JTE:

Looking forward to the coming year, with new products, new travels and new stories to tell! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

JBoss BRMS at the Radboud University Nijmegen for Business Rules guest lecture

Today I gave my annual guest lecture on Business Rules based on a real life open source product to the students of Stijn Hoppenbrowers. He invites me yearly to present a real world solution for the students to contrast the rather theoretical examples and projects that they have used up to that point.

They get a tour through the JBoss Business Rules Management System (BRMS) product and a live demo at the end where I display and demo what was discussed.

Here is the slide deck for those interested in following up:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Summary of JBug Netherlands OpenShift Primer session

Last week I spent and evening at the local Dutch Xebia offices talking to the Dutch JBoss User Group about OpenShift. This talk was based on my recently released OpenShift Primer book and included demos of various JBoss related applications and tooling.

There were participants from all over the Netherlands and they were enthusiastic about the content. After the meeting it was decided to have a follow on session that focused more on the Enterprise features and on-premise installation of OpenShift.

Slides provided here for those that want to give it a spin:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

OpenShift Primer book published today on Amazon and iBooks

It started a little over a year ago, the first talk that I coined the term 'OpenShift Primer' was given in Amsterdam. It was born from a need to get the general developer public up and running with Red Hat's OpenShift Platform as a Service (Paas) project. Not just up and running as in getting it installed, but actually getting started coding with real projects.

It is not just about real development projects, but about focusing on JBoss related projects. You will find a lot of examples and quick-starts related to JBoss projects in the Java section as this might be my favorite open source software community to demonstrate enterprise ready solutions.

I tied into this over the following year by adding more and more quick-starts, howto's and just plain fun examples to my github repository. This led to a few online articles and then a rather large talk in Boston called OpenShift State of the Union.

In the middle of this I started collecting the pieces together for this book. It is available via in e-book format only, pushed out to Amazon and iBooks. This is perfect timing for you to stuff some stockings for the holidays!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Video: SwitchYard Order Demo with JBoss EAP 6 on OpenShift

OpenShift with JBoss EAP 6 magic!
This video will show you how to setup an OpenShift instance (a.k.a. Gear) based on JBoss EAP6, add a SwitchYard cartridge, pull in my pre-configured OrderService demo project and deploy it all in about 6 minutes. It is based on the SwitchYard quick-start demo called Orders and can be found in the projects released code base.

I also discuss why you can't see your exposed services on the 18001 port due to OpenShift security blocking these ports. It is possible using the INTERNAL_IP to access these services from your running applications, such as this demo does. I also show you how to import the project into JBoss Developer Studio and setup the OpenShift server.

I hope this helps you get started with your very own SwitchYard ESB services. :)