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

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!

Wednesday Jun 01, 2011

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

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

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.

Monday May 09, 2011

FREE GlassFish Bootcamp in San Francisco Bay Area - May 31, 2011

GlassFish 3.1 was released about 2 months ago. Did you get a chance to download and try out some cool features there ?

Interested in learning the nuts & bolts of GlassFish 3.1 ? If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area then mark the date of May 31, 2011. The GlassFish team will deliver an all-day bootcamp with a compelling mix of presentations + hands-on material. You'll have an opportunity to ask all your questions and there will be plenty of time to socialize as well.

Here is a tentative agenda:

8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast (provided) and mingling
9:30 - 10:00am GlassFish Community
10:00 - 10:30am Introduction to GlassFish 3.1
10:30 - 11:30am GlassFish 3.1 Tooling in NetBeans and Eclipse
11:30 - 12:30pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 - 1:00pm Clustering with SSH
1:00 - 1:30pm Load Balancer Configurator
1:30 - 2:00pm High Availability
2:00 - 2:15pm Break
2:15 - 3:15pm Advanced Management/Monitoring
3:15 - 3:45pm JMS Clustering Enhancements and HA
3:45 - 4:15pm Advanced JDBC/JPA Features
4:15 - 4:30pm Break
4:30 - 6:00pm GlassFish Server Control
6pm onwards Open discussion with GlassFish team members and Happy Hour

Plan for a full day and this is the day right after the memorial day long weekend.

Register here now as seating is limited!

Many thanks to Kevin Nilson and other JUG leaders for seeding this thought, We had a similar bootcamp on Mar 10, 2009 and you can read more about it here.

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Thursday May 13, 2010

Bay Area JUG Roundup 2010 - Trip Report

Oracle hosted the first Bay Area JUG Roundup yesterday.

There were about 200 attendees from different JUGs and communities in the Bay Area. There were representatives from Silicon Valley Web JUG, San Francisco JUG, Silicon Valley JavaFX JUG, Oakland Java SIG, SDForum Java SIG, Bay Area Scala Enthusiasts, and SF Bay Groovy & Grails Group. Good quality free food, beer, wine, and tee-shirts left everybody thrilled. A live Java Posse session was certainly hilarious so stay tuned for their latest podcast.

Justin Kestelyn kick started the event and provided an update on Oracle Technology Network using the slides below:

Bay Area JUG Roundup 2010

Sonya Barry, community manager for, presented the roadmap for 2010-2011.

I had good discussions with lots of folks and already working on scheduling a bunch of Java EE 6 hands-on sessions through out different JUGs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Let me know if you'd like to learn the latest and greatest in the Java EE 6 landscape or organize a similar workshop in your community.

Here are some pictures from the event:

And the complete album at:

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