Thursday Oct 17, 2013

So long Oracle ...


... and thanks for all the fish!

This Friday (October 18, 2013) is my last day at Oracle.

After
  • Publishing almost 1400 blog entries with 5500+ comments on them
  • Working in the Java EE team since inception
  • Visiting 35+ countries and several cities around the world
  • Speaking at all major Java conferences and lots of Java User Groups
  • 15-year alumni of JavaOne as staff
  • Meeting and working with best of the best in the Java community
  • Most importantly having lots of fun

Its time for me to move on!

No new blog entries will be posted on this blog.

Feel free to subscribe to The Aquarium for latest updates on Java EE and GlassFish.

I'll continue to publish all the excellent content that you've been used to at blog.arungupta.me now onwards. Read my new blog to learn about my new adventures!

Here are some of the conference badges collected over the past years ...



And the cities visited ...


View Cities Visited by "Miles To Go..." in a larger map

The comments on this blog are disabled as I'll not be able to respond to them. Feel free to leave comments on the new blog and I'd love to follow up with you there.

Thank you very much for all the support that has been shown on this blog.

I'd like to conclude with a Hindi song that I've been humming for the past few days now ...

Abhi alvida mat kaho doston ...
Na jaane kahan phir mulaqaat ho ...
Kyonki ...
Beete huye lamhon ki kasak saath to hogi ...
Khawabon mein hi ho chahe mulaqaat to hogi ...

For my non-Hindi readers, here is my paraphrased meaning ...

Don't say goodbye yet my friends ...
We'll likely meet somewhere else ...
Because ...
We'll always have the memories of the wonderful time spent together ...
May be in dreams but we will meet again ...

With that, over and out, and see you at blog.arungupta.me!

Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Silicon Valley Code Camp Kids Track 2013




Silicon Valley Code Camp v8.0 concluded over the weekend. I've attended each code camp since the introduction of Java (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and now this one). The code camp has stuck to its three core principles from the beginning:
  • By and for the developer community (no product or marketing pitches ;)
  • No charge to attendees
  • Never occurs during work hours

The code camp has shown constant growth over its lifespan as is evident by the trends below:



The conference is definitely outgrowing its existing venue as the registrations had to be closed early for the first time.



It takes a village to organize a volunteer-driven conference and that has indeed been the case for all these years. The conference has been primarily focused on professional developers for all the past years. President Obama said

"If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education possible — from the day they start preschool to the day they start their career."

 So this year, other than my usual speaking engagements, I also volunteered to coordinate a new track focused on enabling future generation of developers. It was astounding to see kids from elementary school, middle school, and early high schoolers learning programming skills.

This new track had 16 sessions delivered by 8 speakers:
More details about the track are available here. About 200 kids attended stayed with their parents most of the day and enjoyed interacting with other attendees.

Here is some feedback we've heard so far:

Thank you very much for the great classes this past Sunday.  I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot.  I hope you have more of such classes so I can also have my friends attend with me.
Arun - thank you so much for volunteering your time and organizing such a fantastic event today!! My kids had a blast and quoting my 9-yr old son "Mom, this was the best experience I've ever had" :-) We would be interested in any future events you may be planning, one time or on-going.

Thanks again for the Minecraft Mod workshop yesterday; my son enjoyed it tremendously and I hope it will encourage him to learn how to program in coming years.  I also enjoyed it as it gave me some hints as to how Forge mod loader works.

We enjoyed the minecraft modding class yesterday as part of code camp.  My 11 year old has never coded (beyond Scratch) and he was up and hacking minecraft within the first hour.  Arun’s preparatory materials, teaching approach and engaging style made this a great experience.  I would definitely like to see more kid based courses in the future and would definitely recommend the minecraft session to anyone interested in modding.  I’d give the course 4 out of 5 stars.

A friend invited us this morning to SVCC, and although the room was packed, my son and I managed to get in and enjoyed learning more about Java coding.  Thanks for putting this class together, and for making opportunities like this for father/son activity related to computer literacy.  We had a good time, please keep it up for next year :-)

We loved kids sessions in code camp.  It motivated my kid programming.  Keep up the good work.

My 12 year and 8 years old sons has been coming to code camp for over 4 years now.  It has been fun all these years, however this year in their words "It was the best code camp ever!".  Thank you Peter K., Kevin Nilson, Arun Gupta and Stephen Chin and all other volunteers for excellent sessions!

"This was fun" says my 11 yr old son Aidan. As the dad, I've been spending some time with him at home building mods in Java and it's definitely a way to motivate him to learn programming.  He's been able to slog through some rather dry Java materials so that he can get better at Java programming. Re: the Minecraft class, you did a nice job of teaching theory and then connecting it to something applicable.

If you attended any of the sessions, we'd love to hear your feedback at kids@siliconvalley-codecamp.com.

Many thanks to co-track lead Dave Briccetti and other speakers: Neil Brown, Stephen Chin, Lynn Langit, Samantha Langit, Shadaj Laddad, Aditya Gupta, and Ron Verghis.

Check out some pictures from the event ...
























And complete album at:



The two days were very exhausting, but extremely rewarding and satisfying!

Follow at @arungupta and @devoxx4kidsba (Devoxx 4 Kids Bay Area) for any future updates on similar workshops!

Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

JavaOne 2013 Conference Report


18th JavaOne concluded a few days ago!

Started with a wet and cold #GeekBikeRide ...






... JUG Leaders and Java Champions brunch ....






... GlassFish Community Event ...






... Strategy and Technical Keynotes ...








... Duke Choice Awards ...






... GlassFish Party ...









... lots of friends from all around the world ...










.. several O'Reilly best-seller Java EE 7 Essentials book signings ...



... lots of Java EE 7 sessions, panels, and EG meetings ...









... couple of sessions on kids and programming ...



... Community Keynote ...







And who all did I meet ...

@myfear, @agoncal, @lincolnthree, @dblevins, @edburns, @fabiovelloso, @emmanuelbernard, @peter_pligrim, @javajuneau, @matthewmccull, @vanriper, @javaclimber, @reginatb38, @stephan007, @danieldeluca, @badrelhouari, @guatejug, @mnriem, @_tamanm, @reza_rahman, @jyeary, @noah_white, @heathervc, @tonyaraemoore, @evanchooly, @maxandersen, @brunoborges, @ingenthr, @javafxpert, @kohsukekawa, @mkheck, @donaldojdk, @venkat_s, @sjmaple, @trisha_gee, @goldstift, @ensode, @delabassee, @johanvos, @atsticks, @pbakker, @sander_mak, @bertertman, @mittie, @adambien, @stuartmarks, @wernerkeil, @yoshioterada, @harshadoak, @hirt, @smeyen, @yarasenger, @vsenger, @brjavaman, @fabianenardon, @maltron, @fguime, @speakjava, @danjavageek, @jj156416, @babadopulos, @chuggid, @webdevwilson, @mike_lehmann, @aa_lopez, @ameliaeiras, @soniazatoreilly, @codename_one, @sharat_chander, @steveonjava, @alexismp, @lightguardjp, @aslakknutsen, @kevin_farnham, @jodastephen, @geertjanw, @acaicedo, @ags313, @eyeseewaters, @briangoetz, @mreinhold, @spericas, @sonyabarry, @terrencebarr, @nivs333, @kittylyst, @robilad, @karianna, @ypoirier, @reza_rahman, @marek_potociar, @shaunsmith, @alexandrajava, @tnis23, @stevengharris, @gsaab, @cpurdy, @alrubinger, @bonbhel, @nilesh_, @anilgaur, @doug_clarke, @sachalabourey, @petrjiricka, @rogerk09, @jitsni, @singh_harpreet, @peppertech, @robc2, @rajivmordani, @vivekpandey, @jclingan, @javaperftuning, @michaelkolling, @cayhorstmann, @aalmiray, @ludoc, @paulsandoz, @bhlynne, @RockCimberT, @frankgreco, @meghanorm, @mullermarian, and many others ...

Here are the different slide decks and github repos ...

  1. CON-4456: Coding Java EE 7: Making Easy even Easier (github repo)
  2. HOL 2147: Java EE 7 Hands-on Lab
  3. CON 3496: Come Play! with Java EE 7 (github repo)
  4. BOF 8012: Teaching Java with Minecraft, Greenfoot, and Scratch
Watch the complete photo album:





And that's a wrap!
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