Sun Tech Days Atlanta is Here!

I love Tech Days. They are like mini JavaOne's, where you can go around and sponge up as much information as possible, except in two days instead of four. In addition, they don't have a population of 20,000, and they're free, so they provide a great opportunity to corner engineers and talk with them one-on-one. That's especially useful if there's a bug in some application that you can't wait to bonk someone the head with instead of using an impersonal issue tracking tool.

I was fortunate that Sun let me come to the Atlanta tech days in Georgia. If you're curious, I'm a little like a reporter. It's my job to tell you about all the cool things that are happening here. Well, I confess: I also have a brother in the Atlanta area that I've never visit, and since the first day didn't start until 1 PM in the afternoon, this gave me an excellent opportunity to get to know the town that, among other things, is responsible for my relentless addiction to Coca Cola. On a side note, I wish I could say that I had as uneventful a flight out here as my colleague Marina Sum did, but I flew on a turboprop that was violently tossed around by a squall line over Alabama. As such, I found myself willing to sacrifice my next paycheck to the first individual with a Dramamine tablet. Nobody had one. Even when I offered my 401k on top.

So, at the moment, I've just finished registering for the Tech Days conference, waiting for the events to begin. I can see people trickling in through the foyer, both for this conference and a small religious conference that is down the hall. It's not hard to figure out which people are for which conference: jeans and a laptop bag is with us. Suits, dresses, and tuxedos, on the other hand, are probably not programmers. (On a side note, I initially didn't know there was another conference, and it wasn't labeled outside, so I felt horribly underdressed when I first came in. Then, the rational side of me kicked in. Java programmers in tuxedos? Talk about feeling like you've stepped into the twilight zone!)

I see a sign that says that the Tech Days are now in their tenth year. That's fantastic! Like I mentioned before, this is my kind of conference: small and focused. I think I see Marina down in the food court, so I'll drop by and say “Hi.” If you're in the Atlanta area, don't be afraid to drop by the Cobb Convention Center and check out the latest of what Sun has to offer. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. More later in the day.

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