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Bla-bla List is blooming

A year after its initial version has been launched, there seems to be a sudden uptake in the interest in Bla-bla List. This month it started getting around 200 new subscriptions per day and people are sending in regular donations to help the project and the free service.

Yesterday I was totally baffled though when I looked at my Google Adsense history. Since the uptake, the site makes me consistently $20 per day in bannering revenue. This is amazing, since the application itself doesn't contain the slightest trace of a banner, they are only present on the gateway site and the information pages.

I suppose that people are finally getting ready for Rich Internet Applications. This is perfect timing since I have great plans to enhance Bla-bla List further and to embark on a series of adventures with OpenLaszlo and Laszlo Systems. More about that later, when everything is finalized in that area. Let's just say that if you have OpenLaszlo experience, live in Europe and are looking for work, shoot me message, we might have some positions opening up in the coming weeks or months.

posted by Geert Bevin in Laszlo on Mar 30, 2006 9:29 AM : 0 comments [permalink]
RIFE is today's eWeek application development Breaking News

RIFE seems to be in the news more and more often, and today eWeek published an article about the TSSJS talk from last week.

After the presentation, Darryl Taft stepped up to me and we talked for about half an hour about topics that he could use in his article. It's nice to see that he succeeded in mixing the information from various sources into a consistent article.

You can read and comment on the article at

posted by Geert Bevin in RIFE on Mar 29, 2006 4:57 PM : 2 comments [permalink]
TSSJS 2006 slides available : "Flow with Continuations"

I uploaded the slides of my RIFE continuations presentation at TSSJS 2006, entitled: "Flow with Continuations".

If you forgot to grab the handouts during the conference or couldn't attend my talk, feel free to download it.

Note that the talk had almost 25 minutes of Q&A and a demonstration of debugging continuations examples with standard Java tools. A lot of the information is thus not present in these documents and your next chance to get it, is to attend TSSJS Europe 2006.

Bruce Tate also wrote an interesting article about continuation servers at developerWorks, you can discuss it on the related thread at

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posted by Geert Bevin in RIFE on Mar 29, 2006 12:19 PM : 0 comments [permalink]
TSSJS 2006 slides available : "Dive into RIFE"

I uploaded the slides of my RIFE presentation at TSSJS 2006, entitled: "Dive into RIFE".

If you forgot to grab the handouts during the conference or couldn't attend my talk, feel free to download it.

Note that the PDF document contains a few integrated QuickTime movies. You should use Adobe Reader to view the PDF on either Windows or MacOSX. To see all the content on Linux or Solaris, it's best to take the Self-playing QuickTime movie.

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posted by Geert Bevin in RIFE on Mar 29, 2006 12:13 PM : 0 comments [permalink]
Arrived at TSSJS Las Vegas

Yesterday I arrived at TSSJS in Las Vegas. This being my first time in the city was already quite an experience. I didn't go out since I was quite tired after having traveled for 25 hours, but during my arrival the lights, the hotels, the super-mega-lets-blow-your-mind-everywhere-you-look had my jaw dropping for a few times.

I'm staying at the hotel of the conference (Caesars Palace) and the room that Tech Target booked is outstanding. It's huge and has two big king-sized beds, a couch with a table, dining area and amazing bathroom. It's a pity that Nathalie and the kids couldn't come along (not sure Vegas is a place for kids, but Nathalie would sure have had a nice time here).

I walked around a bit to try to get a feel of the layout of the hotel, since it's bigger than a shopping mall. After having registered at the conference desk, I took a shower and went looking for some toothpaste that I forget to bring along. It took me a while to find this in the midst of the fancy and expensive shops. The toothpast must have some special mixture since it's the first time this costs me $4 ;).

I ended up quickly eating a roast sandwich and going to bed around midnight. After having met Hani at the registration desk, I was supposed to meet up with him and some others a few hours later (I read Cameron was there already too), but the fatigue finally got the better of me and I decided to catch some sleep. Sadly, the jet lag reduced my night to only 5 hours, and I'm already sitting here wide awake, but tired, yearning for the breakfast coffee

I'm looking forward to the first day of the sessions, there are quite a number of interesting ones that I want to attend (Bob Lee - WebWork @ Google - Case Study, Chris Nelson - RAD That Ain't Bad: Domain Driven Development with Trails, Eugene Ciurana - The Mobile Java Application Continuum, and Kito Mann - Portlet Development with JSF). I'm talking myself about "Flow with continuations" at 2:30pm, but before that (during lunch) I'm meeting up with some people from Laszlo Systems to finally see each-other in real life and discuss some OpenLaszlo-related business opportunities.

posted by Geert Bevin in Java on Mar 23, 2006 3:36 PM : 0 comments [permalink]

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