Red Hat
Jan 31, 2012
by Mickael Istria

Today is my last day working for PetalsLink.

Working for PetalsLink was a quite interesting experience:

On the technical side, I enjoyed moving all the XML-based tooling of PetalsStudio to a more powerful EMF-based approach for Petals JBI editor – for those who don’t know JBI, it is a standard that allows to define SOA artifacts in your ESB. Moving to EMF allowed us to provide better tooling faster, because most of the complexity in manipulating JBI can be removed with very few efforts leveraging EMF ExtendedMetaData. That was the first time I faced this part of EMF, and I got pretty impressed of how well it works (working with EMF always gives this impression of “being well”). I also improved the ability to plug new JBI components into the Studio, which is a critical point when you have to deal with connectors for almost everything – Mail, SFTP, Talend, XSLT…. So that was an interesting challenge in term of conception and development.
Petals Studio was also the pretext to start using Git, GitHub and Sonar. I am pretty happy to have learnt these 3 tools that clearly improved the way I work.

Also, I had the great opportunity to work closely to several Eclipse projects:

  • I could contribute the Tycho build of GMF Tooling, put it on Hudson, get source moved to Git/mirrored to GitHub, improve wiki… GMF Tooling is a project I’ve used for 3 years now and I often saw in it some critical organization points to improve to make it more dynamic in term of development. Working at PetalsLink gave me the opportunity to do what I think was necessary to keep the project healthy. With the help of Michael Golubev, I now think this was an real success.
  • I could contribute to Nebula the TreeMapper widget, which will probably have some very interesting use-cases soon. As I became a committer, I also helped in improving Tycho build and CI, nad it seems like the project liked it if we look at the new p2 update-sites.
  • I contributed some small improvements to Eclipse BPEL designer, tried (unsuccessfully) to make SWTBot use Tycho, and developed a useful extension for Draw2d.

The only thing I wish I would be able to do here is to push ahead the usage of Sonar at Eclipse, at least for GMF Tooling and Nebula.

But I probably learnt even more things from PetalsLink by discovering another company organisation that is very different from what I could experiment before (OpenWide and BonitaSoft): PetalsLink is focused on the Research about SOA and agility of Systems of Information. It is a wide topic! Petals products are quite good compared to other alternatives in the SOA landscape, but they don’t meet the success they deserve, it was a bit frustrating for a developer.

I enjoyed working for PetalsLink, all the expectations are fulfilled, so it is time for me to go ahead, to find a new experience, a new team, new challenges, new issues… I love discovering new things!

That’s why I’ll start working for JBoss|Red Hat tomorrow, as part of the team developing JBoss Tools and JBoss Developer Studio.

I’ll have the opportunity to work with a great team! My main occupation for the next monthes will be to assist Nick Boldt in making JBoss Tools CI and build infrastructure better and better. I’d also like to open the road towards efficient QA for JBoss Tools, including -among other- usage of Jacoco and Sonar. Then I’ll also work on developing nice stuff for some JBoss Tools modules, most probably on the SOA/BPM part.

That’s gonna be a lot of fun! I’m eager to be tomorrow and actually get started for this new team/employer/project/product/users.

Let’s keep in touch via this blog and twitter ;)