GenKey Africa Is here

o by God’s grace I was confronted with the choice of learning for an MSc in Networks and Distributed Systems and doing networks and distributed systems real hand with stuff like SOA, ESBs, Web Services, SVN etc. Well, I give it a very long thought (about 5 minutes) and decided to go for the latter. So here I am in East Legon, Accra with Diabeney Agyiri-Tetteh and Wesley Kirinya from Kenya.

GenKey Africa has started and the first week has been challenging enough already. As if that is not enough, there’s a lot of pessimism about whether we can achieve what the American, Indian and Irish software developers can achieve. Suffice it to say that with my boss Hajo Birthelmer guiding us, and even more importantly with God on our side, we’ll beat everyone’s expectations.

So I now have to get comfortable with something called Spring (why does that give me the chills). Being a proponent for standards in enterprise Java, I thought Seam and Google Guice’s Web Beans JSR gave me enough motivation to stick with Seam as my preferred dependency injection-based framework.

Then to make it worse I also have to get comfortable with Eclipse. I’ve always had a bias against it and it SWT leanings, but because Spring support in Eclipse is quite advanced, i guess there’s no other choice. I might as well enjoy learnig and using them as I go along.

I’m already missing the folks on campus I used to teach and discuss Java and Linux technologies. Hope to spend sometime with some of them when they are on vacation. Like to say a few thanks though to Frank Appiah, Edwin Amoakwah, Appiah-Kubi, Nana Sawyer, Julius Kudjoe, Annan Sowah, Boamah Steven and Tolu Erinle. Keep up the hard work.

To my Seam friends, don’t worry we still have a long way to go yet. Keep your eyes on the ball.

To all the folks that turned up for my seminar on Seam, thanks for coming and I hope you enjoyed the session. Hope to do another seminar sometime soon and you’re definitely on my list.