Wrapping Up Tech Days in Rome, Italy
By dananourie on Sep 25, 2007
I wasn't sure what to expect from the Tech Days Event, as I'd never been to one of these worldwide developer conferences before, and we, as in Sun, have not done a particularly good job in defining Tech Days for developers who might be interested and sharing the experience of what people can expect from these sessions.
I hoped it was not going to turn out to be a lot of marketing hype that I know developers don't care for, and it surely wasn't. Instead, the sessions were incredibly complete with focused introductions to specific technologies and the terminology, followed by demos of how the technologies are used, topped off by yet again demonstrations of putting the technical pieces together. For me this was an incredibly rich learning experience.
I got more out of these past two days than I have in trying to grapple with the many parts of Ajax in the last few months. I didn't have a chance to talk to the developers there, or even my own colleagues for that matter, but I know I can count on Ed Ort who is in Milan, Italy, ready to interview and share his experiences and the experiences of the developers there.
In case you are not aware, we have been in the middle of revamping the Tech Days website to better explain this technical worldwide tour, and to share experiences so developers can understand what these events involve and hopefully to entice more developers to attend. The site was originally static, only changing in schedule fashion. Recently, however we have added new content, including blogs from recent sessions such as the ones I've written here from Rome. It is our hope that you will understand what Tech Days is, the benefits of attending these events, and we hope they you will continue to visit the site and learn from future sessions. Over time, we will add more content, such as video interviews that Ed will be doing, photographs, articles, and code samples. And we will continue adding the PDFs from previous talks.
If you haven't checked out the website recently, please do so. You may find some useful information for your development and learning curve.
I found the speakers to be enthusiastic and energetic, the content thorough and detailed, and the demos immensely helpful. That said, we are open to suggestions and feedback. At each event, surveys are handed out, and you receive a gift of some kind for filling it out and turning it in. We thank you for this feedback and will continue to do what we can to meet your educational needs.
Though I'm exhausted from jet lag, I really enjoyed covering this event and writing about my experiences and what I learned. I hope my blogs were helpful, and for those of you reading the blogs who have never been to one of these events, I hope that you'll consider going in the future.
If you haven't had enough of Tech Days, and I can understand that, or you are just curious about these events, please start reading Ed Ort's blog who is ready to cover the sessions in Milan, Italy over the next few days! We'll hear from him about different topics than I wrote about, and we'll have a video to look forward to in the future from Ed.
We also have a listing of Tech Days Blogs you can enjoy at your leisure.
Hope to see you at a future Tech Days Event!