Monday Mar 07, 2011

OTN Developer Day Boston 2011 - Slides & Trip Report

OTN Developer Day Boston concluded last week with about 70 developers/architects/consultant attending 20 sessions in 4 tracks (Server, Desktop, Java SE Platform, Mobile & Embedded). I delivered 2 technical sessions + 2 hands-on labs.

The first session explained the value proposition of Java EE 6 and the key themes of ease-of-use, simplicity, and extensiblity. With several Java EE 7 JSRs recently released (more on this in a subsequent blog) I added several slides on each one of them. Jump to slide #34 in the following slide deck to see the highlights on upcoming feature set in Java EE 7.

This session was followed by a hands-on lab showcasing how EJB 3.1 + JAX-RS 1.1 can be used to build a simple web application. The second technical session of the day explained the recently released GlassFish 3.1 Clustering, High Availability, and a myriad of features to boost your Java EE 6 deployment. A comprehensive list of blogs will walk you through each and every feature in detail.

The GlassFish 3.1 slides are available below:

Boston 2011 OTN Developer Days - GlassFish 3.1

The last session of the day (for me) was another hands-on lab explaining how JSF 2 + CDI can be used effectively to create a compelling web application in a matter of few minutes. The last session in Server track was "Developer Experience, WebLogic Server, and Java EE 6" by Will Lyons. A replay of this and many other related talks from OTN Virtual Developer Day are available in a replay here.

If you are interested in attending in one of these workshops, check out the locations of OTN Developer Days worldwide.

I still need to locate my camera after the trip and so the pictures will have to wait this time :-)

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Wednesday Feb 23, 2011

FREE OTN Developer Day Boston - Java EE 6, GlassFish, WebLogic, Java 7 and 8, Java FX, and much more

The Boston Marathon is 52 days away but you can attend a Java Marathon on March 3rd in Boston. And all developers are pre-qualified for this one and no registration fees as well :-)

Do you live in the Boston area and like to learn everything about Java from the stewards of Java ?

OTN is arranging another FREE Developer Day in the US covering entire spectrum of the Java platform from Server, Desktop, and Java SE to Embedded. You'll hear from distinguished speakers in each of these areas and will have sufficient time to engage in casual conversations. I'll talk in detail about simplicity and ease-of-use in Java EE 6, light-weight GlassFish Application Server, and even conduct hands-on labs. And of course will be there in the hall ways and coffee/lunch breaks.

So what are the coordinates ?

Date: Mar 3rd
Time: 8am - 5pm
Venue: The Westin Copley Place, Boston
Cost: FREE, register now!

Agenda is given below:

I'll be there, will you ?

Register now!

And this is Boston, so gotta run! Let me know if you are interested in running in the hotel's neighborhood :-)

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Monday Jul 27, 2009

San Francisco Half Marathon 2009 Completed - Personal Best so far!

I ran San Francisco Half Marathon 2009 yesterday and here are the results:

I'm excited about the results because improved my timing by almost 3 minutes. And running on Golden Gate Bridge is always a great experience. As always, the race was very well organized starting from expo to bib/tee-shirt distribution, well marked course, water and medical stations, local community support, buses from half marathon finish line to start line and every thing else. A few possible improvements are listed below.

I saw Dean Karnazes (50/50/50 marathon man) and met Bart Yasso (Yasso 800 man) in the Expo. There is certainly a wealth of knowledge to pick up from these elite runners.

The overall results are as shown:

Click on the image above for complete results.

Couple of sugested improvements to the San Francisco Marathon organizing committee for the next year ...
  1. Really, really, really qualify runners in Wave 1. Ask them for a qualifying time from a previous race or something. Walkers and 10-minute milers are NOT Wave 1.
  2. Separate the course going on/off the Golden Gate Bridge, not just with orange cones, but with an additional rope. Otherwise slower runners spill over on the other side and almost bumping into the faster runners.
  3. The expo hall had a wonderful set of exhibitors but it became really crowded as the day progressed. Either an alternate location or back to Market/Embaracdero next year is a better option.
BTW I already registered for the Half Marathon 2010 and got a nice bib#: 1111. The online registration for 2010 San Francisco Marathon is open until Aug 7th. See you there next year!

Here are my two personal goals for the next few months:
  1. Run a half-marathon with 7ish pace
  2. Qualify for Boston - probably next year
11 major marathon mistakes says that "marathon pace will be about ... 16 seconds more lethargic per mile than half-marathon clocking". If that is accurate and will hold true for me, then both of my above goals are well meshed with each other :)

And many thanks to my family for bearing with my weekday early morning runs and long runs over the weekend!

I've run 95 hours and 26 minutes, a total 758.93 miles and 166 out of 208 days so far in 2009. Here is a quick chart that shows my running mileage so far:

This chart is generated using an application that I've built over the past few days. Tomorrow, I'll share that entire application on this blog, stay tuned!

Miles to go ...

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Arun Gupta is a technology enthusiast, a passionate runner, author, and a community guy who works for Oracle Corp.

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