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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Friday May 01, 2009

JRuby, Rails, and GlassFish Bootcamp - San Francisco, May 19/20, 2009

Would you like to power up your Rails applications using JRuby and GlassFish ? And learn that from the engineers who develop the technology.

If yes, then we have organized a bootcamp for you!

Day 1 (FREE) of this bootcamp provides an introduction to JRuby and GlassFish and how they serve as an excellent development and deployment environment for Rails applications. Starting with clean slate on your laptop, you'll be able to setup JRuby, Rails, GlassFish and learn about different options available for running your applications.

Day 2 (need $$$) takes a deep dive on each topic and convert you into a power user instantaneously. The topics range from Virtual Machine tuning for JRuby and GlassFish, Warbler tricks, Java EE integration, Deployment strategies, Monitoring applications to Running other Rack-based frameworks. Lunch and beverages will be served on Day 2.

On both days, you get an opportunity to practice everything on your laptop by following the experts along.

Complete details on venue, time, agenda, etc are available at

Register now before the seats fill out. And get ready to be drenched!

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Sunday Mar 22, 2009

GlassFish Workshop @ Milwaukee Trip Report - Met famous Santoor player

Peter and I presented on GlassFish at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee last week. The slides were already made available to the attendees. And since the workshop offered for a charge, the slides will not be shared here :) Let us know if you'd like to conduct a similar workshop in your location.

The workshop ran from 8:30am until 4:00pm. Peter did a wonderful job of demonstrating GlassFish integration in NetBeans and Eclipse, an extensive GlassFish Enterprise Manager demo, Dynamic Languages slides, and multiple other things!

One of the interesting sessions was right after lunch when all the attendees candidly shared experience of their deployment environments and their reason for attending the workshop. The room had 40% NetBeans users and 70% Eclipse users. I've observed a continuous upsurge in the number of NetBeans users in the past few conferences. And it was certainly exciting to know that approx 50% are aware of GlassFish and 1/2 of them are already using for development. Most of them were attending to gain better understanding of GlassFish capabilities and then use it in their production environment. And then there were some who wanted to understand how GlassFish is a superior offering than others.

And guess what - even couple of attendees were already using it in production. Their main reasons for migrating from Tomcat to GlassFish:
  • NetBeans integration
  • Web-based Admin Console backed by a powerful "asadmin" CLI
They had no trouble migrating their application from Tomcat to GlassFish, just a minor tweak and the application worked seamlessly. Yet another happy user of GlassFish :) Hopefully everybody had an opportunity to revise or learn some new tricks from the talk. Here are some pictures taken during the workshop:

Here is some feedback from the attendees:

Great presentation on GlassFish today, there is more to that application server than I thought. (tweeted here)


#glassfish is pretty freaking cool, our company just isn't ready for that level though. (tweeted here)

The hospitality of the workshop hosts was very welcoming starting from airport pick up/drop off, hotel pick up, dinner, and short tour of the city right after the talk. The arrangement during the workshop was pretty good however the presentation connector for Apple Air caused us some grief to begin with ;-)

I also had the opportunity to meet the local Campus Ambassador, a Ph D student at the University:

Milwaukee is known as Brew City or Cream City, Miller is the only major brand left though. The city is also known for Harley Davidson head quarters, Lake Michigan, Summer Festival, and Milwaukee Art Museum amongst many other things. Check out some pictures from in/around the city:

Personally, one of the highlights was bumping into Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, a world renowned Santoor player, during a dinner at a local Thai restaurant. Our workshop host (who happens to be Indian) mentioned that Pandit ji is peforming with Ustad Zakir Hussain, the most famous name and a living legend in the world of Tabla, in Milwaukee next morning. The local Indian community gathered to honor him and we happen to be sitting on the next table.

We had an extremely embarrassing moment when we approached him asking "Are you Ustaad Zakir Hussein ?". He said "I'm not but he'll be performing on the stage tomorrow". For a moment we thought he was just tricking us but felt terrible when realized that we tagged him as the wrong person. Pandit ji has gained all the reputation one can fathom in the world of music and kept talking to us in a very polite manner. I always wonder there is so much to learn from these luminaries, but we certainly felt awful afterwards and apologized as well.

We almost decided to go to an Indian restaurant for dinner but glad we picked Thai instead. We might have met Ustad Zakir Hussain in the other restaurant ;-) You can check out their complete itinerary at

Enjoy one of his old videos:

And then one of the memoirs from Ustaad Zakir Hussein, (for Indian friends: remember "Wah Ustaad Wah" advertisement):

As always, check out the complete album at:

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Thursday Mar 12, 2009

GlassFish Workshop at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Mar 20, 2009

If you are in the neighborhood of University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee then you have an opportunity to get a jump start in GlassFish.

Peter Williams and I will be there on Mar 20 and cover the following topics:
  • GlassFish Overview
  • Getting Started with GlassFish (Installation, Administration, NetBeans and Eclipse integration)
  • Web Services: SOAP and REST
  • High Availability, Clustering, and Load Balancing
  • Dynamic Languages and Web Frameworks
  • Possibly some more
Each session will be accompanied by a hands-on lab session sharing the tips and tricks to successfully deploy your web applications on GlassFish.

Venue: UWM Lubar School of Business, Lubar Hall, Room N146

More details and register here! Seating is limited so get your slot today :)

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Wednesday Mar 11, 2009

GlassFish Boot Camp, Mar 10 - Slides and Photos

The GlassFish Boot Camp conducted in Sun's Santa Clara Campus on Mar 10, 2009 was well appreciated by the attendees. There were 30 of them engaged with 14 speakers over 8 hours in 7 fast-paced sessions - overall a great recipe for the boot camp. Many thanks to all the attendees and speakers for making it useful!

All the slides from the sessions are available here.

The attendees certainly had the privilege of participating in the hands-on sessions and engaging in interactive sessions with the GlassFish team. The video recording of all the sessions will be made available next week or so.

Check out some pictures:

As every where else I've presented, there were Hudson users and lovers here too! And since the bootcamp was conducted in Sun's Santa Clara campus, Kohsuke (aka Mr Hudson) was a building away. Some of the attendees had a good conversation and gave him feedback.

We are planning similar bootcamps in other locations as well. Send us an email at if you'd like us to come closer to you.

In the meanwhile next stop, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - stay tuned for details!

Check out the complete album:

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Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

FREE GlassFish Bootcamp - Mar 10, 2009, Santa Clara

Would you like to learn how to run your web apps on GlassFish - be they Java EE or Rails or Grails ?
How to manage/monitor them using the powerful web-based console and asadmin CLI ?
How to create SOAP-based or RESTful Web services and host them on GlassFish ?
How to setup GlassFish Clustering/High Availability and enable session-replication for your web apps ?
How to migrate your apps from other application servers to GlassFish ?

The GlassFish team is conducting a free bootcamp in Sun's Santa Clara campus on Mar 10, 2009. This will be a mix of presentations and hands-on-lab where you'll gather all the practical knowledge and tips and tricks for your applications. A tentative agenda is:
  • GlassFish Overview (Preso)
  • Management and Monitoring (Preso + Hands On)
  • Web Services: SOAP + REST (Preso + Hands On)
  • Lunch w/ GlassFish Enterpise Team (Preso)
  • Dynamic Langauges and Frameworks (Preso + Hands On)
  • High Availability/Clustering/Load Balancing (Preso + Hands On)
  • Migration to GlassFish (Preso)
The complete details including agenda, venue, and invite are available here.

You'll also get a chance to engage with the GlassFish team as well.

So bring your laptops and get ready to learn!

And did I  mention free as in "free beer" ? And food and drinks will be served as well :)

Register here!

UPDATE: The camp is sold out. If you are interested in attending a future boot camp, please drop a comment on this blog.

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