SAM SIG: Lightweight Containers, Open Source and Agile Methodologies



  • Rapid Web Application Development


    Presentation Overview

    Open-source alternatives to basic web application building blocks like web servers and servlet engines have been around for some years and have gained widespread acceptance in the industry. But the more complex elements of the application server stack like transaction management continue to be considered the domain of commercial software companies. This presentation explores the new phenomenon of lightweight application servers or containers and presents a case study where a lightweight container (the Spring framework) was used as a platform to facilitate the integration of multiple open-source applications including Tomcat, Castor XML and Hibernate. The case study also focusses on the use of Agile methodologies and how lightweight containers help adapt an architecture to the frequent changes in functionality and direction that are a by-product of Agile methods.


    About the Presenter

    Paddu Ramachandran

    Paddu is a Senior Technical Architect at the San Francisco office of Avenue A | Razorfish, with 8 years of experience developing enterprise web applications for organizations such as the US Navy, Cisco, Sun and Genentech. His latest areas of interest include rich Internet application interfaces and lightweight alternatives to J2EE application servers. He leveraged the latter in the recent ground-up development and launch of DNA Direct, offering consumers the opportunity to evaluate and order personalized genetic testing.


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    Cubberley Community Center

    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1

    Palo Alto, CA


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