Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yet another success story of Apache Axis2

Axis2 is one of the very successful Apache projects in many different ways; however I am not going to discuss the quality of the project of customers who use the project, rather a totally different area of its success.

Axis2 was started with six core members (all from Sri Lanka) and later joined many members to the project. The most interesting and notable thing about Axis2 is all the initial members entered graduated school and four of them have already become PhD holders (Srinath, Jaliya, Chinthaka and Chathura). Not stropping from that second, third, and forth (may be fifth) generations of contributors have entered graduate school and are now in the pipeline to complete their Ph.D.'s in the next few years (at least 12).

Counting all, in the history of Apache software foundation Axis2 will be the first project to produce so many PhD holders. I think this is a huge success of the project, and many credits should go to Sanjiva for motivating all of them to select the correct path.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A new book on Apache Axis2

Happily, we were able to publish the second book on Apache Axis2. I published the first book in 2008 (Quickstart Apache Axis2), and after three years, now the second book is also available (Apache Axis2 Web Services). Our initial plan was to publish the book this time last year, but due to usual reasons it got delayed. We have improved the book a lot and added lot of new and interesting contents.
I really want to thank my co-author Afkham Azeez, who helped me a lot to add new chapters and to make the book ready for building advanced web services with Axis2. We started Axis2 in way back 2004, and needless to say this project will not exists without the initial members and their tremendous contributions: Srinath Perera, Ajith Ranabahu, Eran Chinthaka, Davanum Srinivas, Glen Daniels, Sanjiva Weerawarana, Paul Fremantle, Jaliya Ekanayake, Chathura Herath, Ruchith Fernando, and Chamikara Jayalath. In addition, special thanks goes to our second generation contributors: Thilina Gunarathne, Keith Chapman, Amila Suriyaarachchi, Sanka Samaranayake, Lahiru Sandakith, Nandana , Saminda Abeyruwan and many more. Not least, but last all the members of the Axis2 project who has contributed a lot to make the project a success. Thank you all.

Hope you will learn from this book and enjoy it.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

yum install problem on Fedora

When you use Fedora older version you might get following error and spend hours and hours to solve the problem.

yum install libcurl-devel
Setting up Install Process
Setting up repositories

And here is the solution:
You need to edit all the files in (end with .repo) /etc/yum.repos.d/, and update the baseURI to following