Dallas Tech Fest 2011 Trip Report

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You're in Texas when 85F at 8:30am is not considered warm or there is a
28-day spell of 100F :-)

Dallas Tech Fest, used to

be called as Dallas Code Camp, has its fourth annual conference running

in, of course, Dallas. The agenda was packed with 100+ sessions by 70+

speakers over 2 days. This is the first time the event has expanded from

the usual one day to two day format. With up to 10

sessions running in

parallel, about 300 attendees (my guess) had a lot to choose from.

This was my

second year in a row
and I gave a 3 hr workshop on Java EE 6 and also talked
about how GlassFish 3.1 is the best platform
for deploying your Java EE 6 applications.

The slides are available:

There were about 30 attendees in/out of the workshop with a high degree of
interaction. The slides provide the code templates in the workshop and the
actual detailed steps will also be available as a screencast soon. The complete code built during the workshop can be downloaded here.

The GlassFish
3.1 slides are also available:


Did you know that
runs on JDK 7 ?

TOTD #169
shows how to use multi-catch,

TOTD #168
shows how to use Switch statement in Strings, and

TOTD #167
explains how to use Automatic Resource Management to write
optimized and cleaner code.

The overall logistics of the event pretty flawless and University of Texas is
a beautiful location other than the 100C temperature ;-) I wanted to attend the

Community Leadership Townhall
but decided to leave early to reach home on
time for a Hindu festival
over the weekend.

You can follow the twitter stream at
#dtf11. One thing that was
quite obvious was the intrusion caused by the event photographers. I certainly
experienced that as a speaker and I saw several tweets by attendees feeling
annoyed as well. The shutter clicks were fairly loud, the flash was right in the
eyes (without a bounce), they were going in way too close to the speakers
(probably because of lower ISO), and sometimes even obstructing attendees' view
too ;-) IMHO, they should take lessons from
James Duncan Davidson
who do a marvellous job of capturing photographs of
different O'Reilly conferences.

Here are some pictures captured from the event:

Many thanks to Tim Rayburn

Erik Weibust
- the fearless local community leaders - for providing me with
an opportunity to share the technology and my passion with the audience.

A decent 7mile run at the nearby
Anderson Donner
with a single track running trail for a few miles was an overall good
beginning to the day anyway:

And finally the complete photo album at:

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