lundi oct. 17, 2011

October trips and a new JUG

JavaOne was good this year but that was just the beginning of traveling for my month of October.

I'm just back from a very well-attended inaugural session at the Lava JUG (in Clermont Ferrand, France) covering Java 7 (together with Julien) and some JavaOne 2011 news. The event had 120+ participants. So pictures here. It's always great to hear about new JUGs popping up close to 15 years after the creation of Java (more on JUGs in a future entry).

This coming week, I'll be in Romania:
Cluj Napoca on Wednesday 19th, 2011 in the Golden Tulip Hotel. Send email to register.
Bucharest on the next day: Thursday 20th, 2011 in the Intercontinental. See event page for details.

The week after (October 27th), I'm participating in fOSSa in Lyon, France. This is, as the name implies, an Free/Libre open source software conference and I'm happy to see that Serli's Jerome Petit is also listed as a speaker to discuss the benefits he see for his company in their numerous open source contributions (GlassFish and others). Let this talk enlighten many others!

mardi juil. 27, 2010

Back from FISL

So I'm back from FISL and I have to say I wasn't disappointed.

For people that have attended both FISL and OSCON these two conferences seem to have a lot in common. FISL had somewhere between 4000 and 5000 attendees interested in many different OSS topics which means it's quite different from your typical Java conference (lots of python, multimedia, security, linux desktops, etc.).

Coming in I spotted a competition to win an iPad and thought to myself "good, I might get away with using a Mac on stage" but this has to be one of the conferences with the least number of Apple machines, netbooks being *very* popular.

I had two talks, one called "GlassFish OSGi - from modular runtime to hybrid applications" and another titled "The future of the GlassFish community" (check the links for the slide decks). The format for the conference is a hard-stop after 40-minutes to leave time for 10-minutes of Q&A which made it a bit challenging to deliver all the content I had prepared but I certainly got a number of good questions (Brazilians are not shy ;).

It was great to meet again with Fabiane and Bruno and chat about the Sun past and the Oracle future. They are doing a lot for the Java community in Brazil (check out "Javali" coming out soon) as well as their new baby, So other than the nice people, the tasty meat, learning about chimarrãos, I also found out that a Frenchmen's Belgian (or Swiss) jokes are a Brazilian's jokes on Portuguese.

dimanche oct. 14, 2007

A typical day in the life of a GlassFish evangelist

This one's for Roman.

07:00am/07:30am - get up, kiss wife and kids good bye
08:30am - Arrive at the airport. No traffic.
08:40am - Smile to the lady at the counter and get a nice window seat with room for legs and easy exit
10:30am - Take off. No delay. Ideal flight. No turbulence.
(switching to California time)
12:30 - Land in sunny San Francisco and go thru customs. No line (ok, almost!)
14:00 - Get keys to the hotel room, shower, and relax

mardi mars 27, 2007

Oslo for a day

After participating in the Paris Sun Tech Days, I flew to Oslo, Norway for a day to deliver a talk on GlassFish. This was part of an Open Source Day set up by the local Sun people. Lots of people showed up and some talks included interesting use-cases using projects such as OpenESB.

This was my first time in Norway so I thought I'd gather and share a few notes/thoughts:
•  The airport is a bit far away, but the express train is very convenient.
•  I'm amazed at the number of 7-Eleven, Burger King and McDonalds shops. More than cafes in Paris it seems.
•  I arrived late but still decided to have a short walk downtown, very pleasant. It's the kind of city where walking is "natural".
•  (really not Oslo-related) but why does every desk in a hotel room has to have a glass cover? Elegant but very mouse unfriendly :)
•  Norwegian TV is a mix of English and Norwegian. I understand having 8 millions inhabitants doesn't justify dubbing all movies and series like in other countries. Still, Norway seems to have a strong national identity and language (with no need for a "cultural exceptionalism").
•  Ground floor is called the 1st floor just like in most East-European countries.
•  Speakers are offered flowers after their talk, another "Slavic/Nordic" tradition I guess.
•  No power plug adapter needed for me (good, I really didn't think of taking one with me).

I'm looking forward to staying longer more next time around. Maybe JavaZone?


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