acts_as_conference 2009: BrowserCMS: From Proprietary Java to Open Source Rails

Posted in Conferences, Development, Frameworks on March 26, 2009

Since 1998, BrowserMedia has been developing award-winning solutions for more than 200 clients around the world. At the core of these solutions is the web-based content management system, BrowerCMS. For the upcoming release of BrowserCMS 3.0, BrowserMedia will be transitioning the product from a Proprietary J2EE application to an Open Source Ruby on Rails application. In this talk Patrick and Paul will cover the business and technical motivations for this change, share experiences from the process of moving from J2EE to Rails and show how you can use BrowserCMS in your next Rails app to provide content management capabilities to your administrative users.

About Patrick
Patrick Peak is the CTO of BrowserMedia, a full service interactive agency in the Washington DC area. Originally from the chilly northeast state of Connecticut, Patrick graduated from James Madison University in Virginia, and after serving in the US Army, eventually settled in the DC Metro area to pursue the fortune and glory in the world of web development, starting in 2000. A career fan of agile development methodologies, he has been involved in many software development projects, ranging from managing iPhone application development, to developing custom java applications, teaching java certification classes for Virginia Tech, building his first Web CMS in 2002. His career has focused on productively applying open source tools and frameworks to solve client needs, especially Java frameworks like Struts, WebWork, and Hibernate. His current professional interests include making sense of the world of web content management systems and a drive to make software usable for non-geeks. He is also the co-author of Hibernate Quickly, an introduction to the open source Java ORM tool, by Manning Publishing.

About Paul
Paul Barry is a Senior Software Engineer with BrowserMedia. Paul was born in Albany, NY, grew up in Wichita, KS and attended college at Loyola College in Maryland. He has lived in New York City, Washington DC, and currently lives in Federal Hill in Baltimore, MD. Paul has over 10 years experience developing web applications in a variety of languages and frameworks, including Java, Perl, PHP and of course, Ruby on Rails. He blogs about Ruby, Programming and a variety of other topics at

Author: Patrick Peak and Paul Barry

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