Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Visiting Aston University and MEAP for "event processing in action"

This are pictures from Aston University in Birmingham which I am visiting today within my short trip, it turns out that from the university network I cannot get into the IBM VPN, so my hosts brought one of the university IT guys who confirmed that they are blocking access to private VPNs, as a matter of security policy, and the only person who knows how to configure a bypass is away today, and even if he has not been away, he doubts if he would have willing to do it, I could in principle go to town an look for an Internet Cafe, but I am too lazy, and can live a couple of days without Emails. Besides that the visit (which has not been over yet) has been interesting and we may have grounds for collaboration . I have given my talk about "event processing - the next generation" third time this week (fourth time tomorrow in another place...), I'll post it on the web after my trip. One of the question I was asked was whether (complex?) event processing techniques could have predicted the economic crisis, but I'll leave discussion about predictions to another Blog posting. They also may teach an event processing course next year and are looking for a textbook to base the course upon.

Speaking of book -- the publisher of the "Event Processing in Action" book has gone another step and included the EPIA book (currently the first two chapter drafts) in the MEAP (Manning Early Access Program), the referenced site explains how readers can become part of the authoring process by receiving draft of new chapters, and making comments/questions to the authors using the forum to ask questions and communicate with the authors. As mentioned before the introduction chapter has been posted as a green paper, and is free download to all. Although open type of writing is somewhat more difficult and time-consuming to the authors then just write the book without interruptions, I believe that this process can improve the quality of the book beyond the formal review process. So this is a call for the community to take advantage of this program and help in creating this book. Hans Gilde has already made the first set of comments for Chapter one.

I am not sure whether it is related to blogging about the book being written, but yesterday (Tuesday the 24th of March, 2009) has been a record high in terms of amount of visitors for this Blog in a single day, today has not ended it, and is also looks strong, so I wonder why.

Tomorrow -- visiting the IBM Hursley Lab in UK, before returning home.

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