Matthew Porter and I are going to try something a bit different at this year's OSCON. Rather than just getting up in front of the crowd and spewing our technical know-how, we're actually going to make a go at providing some entertainment. I've been to a lot of conferences and I'm tired of just watching someone talk - I'd rather see a good presenter over a knowledgeable presenter. This has inspired our OSCON 2005 talk:
This presentation has a unique delivery style. Rather than one person
doing a comparison, there are two presenters - each which is an expert in
the framework they're defending. The presentation is delivered as a
friendly comparison/debate, which hopes to add some humor in to make
it fun for the audience.
Java web developers often have a difficult choice when choosing a web
framework these days. There are currently more than 35 open-source
Java web frameworks available. How do you which one to use for your
project? This presentation picks two of the most popular frameworks,
Spring MVC and WebWork and compares and contrasts their features. Topics
1. View options - i.e. Velocity, JSP, HTML Templates (ala XMLC), etc.
2. Testability - How easy is it to unit test with JUnit, with examples
3. Type conversion - i.e. Date, Integer, etc.
4. Validation - How do do it, stengths and weaknesses
5. Tools Support
6. Strengths and Weaknesses
Now the pressure's on - we have to both teach and entertain the audience. Please feel free to post your experiences with Spring or WebWork and why you think one is better than the other.