Enterprise Java Architecture Workshop

In 2002 The Middleware Company set out to create an advanced course on Enterprise Java Beans for senior technical contributors.  The resulting course, named “EJB For Architects” was presented dozens of times in 2002 and 2003 in a small classroom setting, i.e. with 6-15 participants.  

In 2004 re-invented the materials as an Enterprise Java Architecture Workshop. We widened the scope beyond EJB technology. We have continually evolved the material in response to feedback from participants and in response to changing technologies and best practices.

At the end of 2004, we held the first workshop in London at the Hilton Olympia Hotel.  The workshop was titled “The Server Side Enterprise Java Architecture Workshop”. It was a smashing success with 43 attendees.  The larger format and expanded scope really did work well.

Also at the end of 2004, The Middleware Company was sold.  The Server Side and The Server Side Symposium were continued by the new owners but all educational and research activities of The Middleware Company were discontinued.  We negotiated to own the Enterprise Java Workshop and are now able to continue it in 2005 and beyond.

In 2005 we held the workshop for the first time in Spanish in Madrid with the cooperation of Altana, S.L.  Due to excellent response in Madrid we repeated the workshop in Spain in February of 2006.

We are in the process of setting up other public venues for the workshop for 2006 and beyond.  Please take our poll to voice your opinion of when and where you’d like to see the workshop offered.

Some Observervations

After giving the EJB For Architect's Course dozens of times in 2002 and 2003 we made several observations:

  • There is a great, unmet demand for educational and intellectual events for senior technical contributors.

  • We needed to widen the scope beyond EJBs.

  • The experiences of all of the participants, as well as the leader are a valuable asset of the workshop.  Just providing the venue for this to happen has value -- of course, we go far beyond that.

  • The interactive, project-oriented, nature of the material works much better with larger diverse groups.

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