In the old days I was a Perl guy and now I see the Web through Ruby-red
Like most people in the open-source and dynamic-language communities, I
never really warmed up to Java EE; tons of moving parts, too many layers
of indirection, too much XML configuration, and anyhow I didn’t want to use
that language for writing Web apps.
But it turns out you don’t have to like EE to be real interested in app
[Update: Check the discussion in the comments; there’s more to this than meets the eye.]
This was brought home to me last week at that JVM Languages Summit, when GlassFish kept bobbing up in entirely-non-Java conversations. I guess that those boring old enterprisey app servers actually do lots of useful stuff, and if you can drop a Rails or Django or whatever app on top of ’em, well that’s a Good Thing. Examples, from a Railsoid point of view, here and here.
So from a Sun point of view it’s nice that you can drop by the GlassFish blog and read “We started providing optional registration late December '07; today we passed the 200K registrations...”; and I suspect that number has lots of upside.