GlassFish Bootcamp, Santa Clara, May 2011: Pics & Lab Material

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Approx 50 attendees, 16 speakers, free breakfast/lunch/snacks, tons of fancy raffles, and OTN-sponsored happy hour is a great recipe for a successful bootcamp!

The GlassFish Bootcamp concluded yesterday with a packed agenda and audience. There were about 50 attendees in the room and most of them stayed the entire day. The sessions covered the key feature of GlassFish 3.1 such as clustering, high availability, administration, monitoring, and tooling. There was a dedicated session on Oracle GlassFish Server Control which explained the six components (DAS Backup & Recovery, Performance Tuner, Monitoring Scripting Client, Coherence Active Cache, Oracle Access Manager Integration, and Load Balancer Plugin & Installer). Each session accompanied a hands-on lab component where attendees could practice what was taught in the session and allowed them to engage with the speakers as well. All the lab material is available at bit.ly/gf-bootcamp-11.

There were several Java EE 6 and GlassFish production users in the audience and that is always a good feeling. Many thanks to all the attendees who stayed most of the time and made the conversations meaningful. The speakers did an outstanding job of preparing and delivering the content and that is evident in the following feedback:

Love the #glassfish team - invited me for a free bootcamp, shared so much knowledge, great food, happy hour and then a flip camera as a gift

Hi Kevin: Thank You for putting this event together. I learned more about the Glassfish Stack in a couple hours then the month it woud have taken me to figure this out on my own. Great session. Best meetup ever. dc

Nice people, nice food provided and more importantly I learn a lot from this meetup.

Excellent. Well organized. Very useful materials.

Loved the hands-on labs - clustering, messaging demo, separating session data from app server, extensive tinkering with server controls. Heard that Glassfish developers are responsive in the community (which I verified by checking out the forums). Many Glassfish developers were available for questions and discussion. Enjoyed chatting with Arun, John, and Kevin - picked up some very useful info. Very well organized and great presentations - worth the 7 hour drive!

And after 13 ratings, the average rating is 4.5. Please make sure that you share feedback on the meetup page or leave a comment on this blog.

Last but not the least, a big thanks to Kevin Nilson for prompting me to arrange this bootcamp!

All the sessions were recorded and will be released on GlassFishVideos@youtube, stay tuned for an announcement on that.

Check out some pictures from the event:

And then the complete album:

More pics and video interviews from several folks will be shared separately. Here is the report from a similar bootcamp conducted over 2 years ago.

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