Dallas Tech Fest 2011 Trip Report

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 GlassFish 3.1.1 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 and 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 Park 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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