Friday Jul 08, 2011

Brasilia Java Live Q&A and DFJUG Taguatinga

Keep reading for reeprt on my Brazil trip so far (FISL12, Java Noroeste) ...

Brasilia is the capital and fourth largest city of Brazil. It has offices for all three branches of the government and headquarters of several companies. The main portion of the city looks like an airplane when viewed from the top with the Congress and Supreme Court buildings in the cockpit, several ministry buildings in the fuselage, and other commercial buildings on the wings.

Roger and I hosted a radio talkshow (just like Car Talk) and answered numerous questions on Java in a recorded Q&A session at the Defense Department building. Niether of us had seen the questions earlier and they were coming from a live twitter feed, audience in the room, and some questions in advance from the DFJUG members.

We answered about 20-25 questions on ranging from why Oracle is good for Java, whats new coming in JDK 7, why GlassFish is better than JBoss, what is done in Java EE to provide Ruby-on-Rails-like productivity, new in Cloud computing, future of Sunspots, why EJBs are so complex, current state of Swing/JavaFX, and a whole variety of them. The 1 1/2 hour broadcast required quick thinking but a very rewarding experience. The session was also streamed live on the web to about 600 attendees which broke their previous high record of 300. This recording will also be posted as a Java Spotlight podcast.

Later in the day, Roger and I talked about the Java platform to about 200 DFJUG members. Roger talked about Java SE 7/8/9/ and ME and I talked about Java EE 6/7 and GlassFish.

This was my third visit to a DFJUG meeting. Meeting people and building relationship is typically a significant part of any Java meetings, at least in Brazil, and so we spent a good time with several developers afterwards explaining Oracle's commitment to Java. This meeting allowed them to collect 895 kgs (about 2000 lbs) of rice for underprivileged children in the area. I'm so glad Oracle could help them serve their local community, very satisfying!

DFJUG has launched a new monthly digital magazine foused on the local Java community and you can download it here. The content for this magazine is contributed by the DFJUG members. So feel free to reach out to Daniel if you'd like to become famous :-) They also send a weekly newsletter and sent the newsletter #832 this week.

During the day we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Daniel's beautiful home. And it was all the more delightful to eat home-cooked food after being out for about past couple of weeks. I'm not a tea/coffee drinker but enjoyed discussing the varieties of "masala chai" with his wife.

One of the local community member also told me that the number of runners is steadily growing in Brasilia. I was certainly excited to run a 10K in the "fuselage" and "cockpit" of Brasilia :-)

Paulo Jeronimo drove me from Brasilia to Goiania which was quite a whirlwind visit and will talk about it in a separate blog.

Check out some pictures from Brasilia ....

And, as always, the evolving album:

Writing this blog in flight from Goiania -> Congonhas and excited to be on the last leg of my trip before I head back home ... finally!

Next blog about Goiania ...

Thursday Jun 23, 2011

FISL 12, Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brasilia, DFJUG, Goiania, and The Developers Conference, São Paulo

Java EE 6/7 and GlassFish are visiting multiple cities in Brazil:

Jun 26 - Jul 2
FISL 12, Porto Alegre
Jul 3
Sao Jose Do Rio Preto JUG
Jul 4 - 5
DFJUG Taguatinga, Brasilia and other venues
Jul 6 - 7
Goiania JUG and other venues
Jul 8 - 9
The Developers Conference, São Paulo

  • Even though my main focus will be Java EE 6/7 and GlassFish but feel free to ask any question.
  • There are several speakers from Oracle at FISL so stop by at the booth and talk to us.
  • @paulojeronimo, with the help of the local community, organized a 10k run on the morning of Jul 5th. So please feel free to run along, should be fun.
  • @raphaeladrien mentioned about some nice parks near my hotel in Goiania so you'll find me running there as well.
  • There will be interesting discussions around different Web frameworks in Goiania.
  • And then there are always 4 things to not miss in Brazil - Churrascaria, Guarana, Coffee, Caipirinha.
Where will I see you ?

Thursday Sep 25, 2008

Taguatinga - I shoot you, You shoot me

The picture was taken during Taguatinga DFJUG meeting.

Any guess who's the guy behind the camera ?

Another similar picture is here.

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Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

GlassFish @ DF JUG in Taguatinga

MauricioDorisSimon and I visited DFJUG @ Taguatinga yesterday (make sure to pronounce it correctly, otherwise you'll be corrected again & again, as I was :). 200 attendees, mostly students, stayed all along the 4 hourof  presentations. The projector stopped recognizing any laptop after first two presos. Fortunately Simon had a backup projector but we lost time in debugging but at least all of us could speak!

On the way to JUG venue, Daniel and I talked more about how he is contributing towards social responsibility in the community. A particular one that touched me deeply is where JUG attendees are recommended to bring milk powder for needy children, such a noble thought! There were 150 boxes already donated for this JUG and more were expected at the actual venue. It's not difficult to find 100 volunteers (of the total 33,000 members) to coordinate this effort at each DFJUG venue, truly amazing. 

Another excellent step in that direction is where talented kids (between age 16-21) who cannot afford education are trained in Java to succeed in life. You can find more details at about his efforts. Check out the picture of "cloud" at Politec's office ;-)

Back to the JUG, I presented on "GlassFish: The Best Open Source Application Server" and the slides are available here.

Drop a comment on the blog if you attended the talk. The demos shown during the talk can be easily reproduced as explained here and here.

I also had a good interaction with faculty in Facitec (JUG venue) and they are already planning to use GlassFish/NetBeans for their upcoming curriculum courses. provides a comprehensive list of resources (tutorials, course material, hands-on-lab, videos, etc) if you are interested as well.

Look at the following pictures during Simon's talk on JavaFX:

Either JavaFX or Simon's British accent was having an amorous effect on the audience, or it was too late on Wednesday night (around 10:30pm) or may be it's just Brazilian culture ;-) Simon's demo on controlling Wii Nintendo and JavaFX was very well appreciated (lots of whistles for a long time). You can see the demo here:

Once again, freebies got the attendees excited. Thanks Koshuke for the tip and Aaron (JUG Program Coordinator) to provide the goodies. It was definitely worth carrying them all the way. A picture is worth a thousand words and here are a few to prove that:

Check out some other pictures from the JUG meeting:

The evening ended with a late night BBQ dinner at a friend's house, really great dinner and wonderful hospitality. The topic of discussions ranged from Cricket, most pointeless/boring sports in Olympics, Mah-jong, traffic in India :) My second dinner in Brazil and I'm still sleeping/eating Pacific Time zone :)

Once again, a wonderful arrangement by Mauricio, Daniel & Fernando. Obrigado!

Here is the complete album so far:

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Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

GlassFish @ DF JUG in Brasilia

Started San Francisco 2 days back, through Washington Dulles, with a stop over @ Rio de Janeiro and finally arrived Brasilia yesterday. The local airlines (TAM) from Rio to Brasilia offered a nice sandwich where as any meal need to be bought during domestic travel in US (even if it's across the continent). So that was a nice experience!

Daniel deOliveira
, a Java Champion and DF JUG(oldest & biggest with 33,000 member Java User Group) founder and leader picked me up at the airport. He demonstrated true welcoming spirit by taking me around the city and showing the key places. And again he volunteered to take me to the venue of JUG. It was pretty impressive to know that he teaches Java to deaf and blind as part of social responsiblity program in his company. At the JUG venue, I met Fernando Anselmo - Architect of Solutions of Directory of Solutions @ Politec, a Java Champion, DFJUG Moderator, and an avid NetBeans user, mostly the mobile part. And when in Brazil, you need to drink coffee and that's what he offered! And finally met Mauricio Leal (SDN Program Manager for Latin America) who is coordinating my visits. I've been talking to Mauricio for past few days and it was great to meet him in person.

Back to the JUG, I presented on "GlassFish: The Best Open Source Application Server" and the slides are available here.

Do you know Brazilian government mandates usage of only open-source software ? GlassFish is an 100% open-source and commercially supported enterprise Application Server. So drop a comment on this blog if you are aware of an opportunity for GlassFish.

There were 130 attendees but strangely not even a single question. That's not the kind of audience I expected ;) But I don't feel completely disappointed because there were no questions during Mauricio's preso (who speaks local language) and other English-speaking presenters. The translators did a tremendous job by matching pace of all the presenters.  Doris presented on Grizzly Comet and Simon on JavaFX.

A few more JUGs are scheduled so hopefully I'll see some interaction going. The true spirit was quite evident when tee-shirts and other goodies were thrown to the audience, always a hit! I was also truly impressed by the audience staying from 7-11pm, and that too without any food or drink ;-)

Check out some pictures:

The evening ended with a late night dinner at Fogo de Chao. I was quite surprised that the dinner was still open at 11:15pm in the night, this is quite unlike San Francisco Bay Area where typically last dinner entry is taken at 9:30pm! The food was good and the highlight was luscious mango.

Drop a comment if you attended the talk and liked (or did not) it :)

Here is the complete album so far:

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