Archive for February, 2009

Running on full

February 24, 2009     |     posted by gluecon

As I work through the Glue agenda, I’m finding myself in a position of having WAY too much to cover and not enough room. I don’t mean that in a “i’ve got to cram my sponsor’s product pitches onto the agenda” sense; I mean it in a “there is just too much to cover — purely topically” sense.

Here’s what I’m looking at (both on the agenda and floating around in my head):

1. This whole area of app development frameworks/environments. I mean everything from Azure to Google App Engine to Tweetapp (a framework for developing twitter apps *on* Google app engine) to Morph Labs to you name it.

2. App hosting, measuring, reporting, governance, etc . Here I mean everything from cloud hosting to things like Engine Yard’s vertebra stuff (hey – engine yard – call me back!), to Appistry’s stuff to the myriad other cloud offerings out there (SOASTA, New Relic, etc) — and, by the way, there is virtually NO overlap in offerings.

3. The whole API – REST universe. And, man, is this one big! From leveraging API infrastructure (best buy) to the shifting landscape of SOA to WOA (and REST) to aggregating and standardizing APIs – yikes.

4. Data Portability/Continuity. Coghead anyone? There are *serious* interop issues in the Glue universe that aren’t so much about interop-in (interacting) as interop-out (getting your stuff if something dies).

5. Virtualization, Context, Identity, Social Data — the list seems endless.

6. Did I mention things like webhooks, cloud databases, or evolving client-server models?

When I start a new conference, it’s always nice to have a big, chunky problem-set, so that you know you’ll have something with legs to run. The trick is to put fences down very carefully (if at all) early on.

Glue’s problem-set revolves around the massive shift happening as all of our applications move to the web as platform — and I guess I’ve reached the point where I’m seeing just how BIG big is.

The truth is, I’ve got enough content to go “5-wide” (5 concurrent sessions at a time). That won’t happen this year, so some things won’t make the cut. But for Glue 2010- watch out.

Hey look – I know it’s tough out there, and I know the vibe in a lot of places is emphasizing the complete lack of innovation. But if you dig in to what developers are actually working on right now, the innovation is off the charts. Don’t sit on your hands at home; don’t let ‘em get ya down; come join us.

Getting the worm

February 24, 2009     |     posted by gluecon

[sidenote: Has it really been weeks since I've posted here? Apologies. Please remember that those of you that care can find me on Twitter -- either @gluecon (the official twitter stream) or @defrag (which contains my random, non-sensical ramblings). ]

I was thinking this morning — when someone says something about “getting the worm,” my brain flashes back to one night of particularly bad decision-making with a friend in Georgia that included a bottle of mezcal and the quest for the insect at the bottom — however, for most people in the conference business, “getting the worm,” more likely triggers thoughts of “early bird pricing.”

This post, then, is not about mezcal, but rather about the early bird discount for Glue. Namely, that it’s set to expire on the 28th — after which the price will go from $395 to $495. Yeah, it’s only 100 bucks, and yea, that still makes Glue the best conference deal you’ll find this spring (check around) — but it’s still 100 bucks you can save, and so you should.

If you’re wondering why you should come, just have a look at the agenda. And, then remember that we’re not done yet. Register today folks; get the worm.

A down day leads to an agenda refresh

February 9, 2009     |     posted by gluecon

I’m a bit under the weather today, so I ended canceling my Monday phone calls (which makes Tueday through Thursday hellish, of course). That left me with some “easy time” to work on the Glue agenda – something which I get more excited about every day. Here are some updates:

1. In case you missed it earlier David Heinemeier Hansson and Mitch Kapor were announced as Keynote speakers.

2. To that I’ve now added Josh Elman (of the Facebook Platform group) and Bob Frankston (co-creator of VisiCalc). Facebook’s recent movements around “openness” should provide a pretty fertile foundation for Josh talking about what “gluing together the web” looks like from Facebook’s perspective, and Bob (who is just flat out, scary smart) will be addressing how we need to re-think some of our assumptions around bindings, platforms and achieving the structures of simplicity needed for innovation.

3. Keynotes are always fun to ooh and ahhh over, but when you really start to dig into Glue’s agenda, things get truly glorious (hat tip to Will Ferrell). Sidenote: I’m now writing about stuff that, for the most part, hasn’t even been updated on the agenda page yet.

4. Pam Dingle, of Nulli Secundus (and one of the smartest “identity people” I know) is going to be leading a workshop session on the “domain-less” enterprise. That is, “how far could a company get today, with the tools and protocols available to them, towards creating a business where employees could access exactly the same work environment from any computer in any location, without any concept of being inside or outside a network perimeter. ” The session will take a look at what’s available in the way of distributed identity tools, and specifically show how to do this with Microsoft’s beta Geneva set of tools, as well as a “how to” with open source tools. [sidenote: those of you that have seen me write about optimism in the past know that I love Pam's blog's name.]

5. A session around Data Portability will feature Daniela Barbosa and Chris Saad from the Data Portability Working Group and Ben Metcalfe with a perspective of what he thinks is right and wrong about data portability. I think this discussion is *vital* to the overall Glue picture, and I’m hoping this talk (in particular) draws a bunch of the cloud computing crowd.

6. There’s a session coming together around Cloud database standards. The whole idea actually comes from a post that Albert Wenger wrote, and the session is meant to tease out some of the threads around what I’m finding to be a REALLY important topic to this whole “glue mess” (databases, that is). We’ve enlisted Alex Iskold of Adaptive Blue so far (Alex made a key design decision around SimpleDB), and I’ve got invites out to some Google folks, etc. [sidenote: I applaud Alex's product naming choice. ]

7. There are a whole bunch of sessions coming together around web app description languages (needed?), cloud interoperability on a grand scale (possible?), the open social stack, and how RESful APIs play into rich internet applications….and so much more.

8. I’m also adding some key moderators/discussion leaders — notably, Jeff Nolan and Stewart Alsop (of Alsop Louie Partners).

9. Don’t forget all of the already announced stuff around Web Oriented Archiecture (Aaron Fulkerson), Harnessing the Cloud (Mike West of Saugatech Research), Leveraging API infrastructure (Kevin Matheny from Best Buy and Oren Michels from Mashery), Complex event processing across web apps (Mike Clymer), etc etc.

10. And the best part of all? The agenda isn’t even CLOSE to finished, so the goodies are just gonna keep on rolling in. Topics yet to come: data integration and mashups, web app integration, glue metrics, gluing together devices and data, social networks and glue, the evolution of the client-server model, etc.

I really hope you’re gonna choose to join us for Gluecon. If you wanna get lost in the crowds and listen to some non-impactful stuff, go somewhere else. If you want intimacy, connections, and sessions and interactions with impact, come to Glue. Seriously. (last sidenote: don’t just take my word for it, ask Pete Warden or Sameer Patel, or Zoli Erdos about the kinds of interactions you can expect.)