Friday Sep 28, 2012

JavaOne and Oracle Open World Community Run - Monday, Oct 1, 6:17am PT

Following the tradition from last year, inviting all JavaOne and Oracle Open World attendees to run with me in one of the 10 best cities to run in the US.

The running route will start at Ferry Plaza on Embarcadero, go through Fisherman's Wharf, straight up Hyde St, couple of loops around Crooked Street and then back the same route to end at Ferry Plaza. Here is the complete clickable map:

The Hyde Street (~300ft in 0.75 miles) and Lombard (~200 ft in 0.15 mile) are challenging elevations and you may cover them once only. Alternatively you may take a simpler route out-and-back by running further up to Marina and Crissy Field.

When ? Monday, Oct 1, 2012

I plan to leave at 6:17am PT from the starting point and certainly hope you can join me.

Oracle is doing several things to keep Oracle Open World and JavaOne sustainable and reduce the conference footprint. Lets do our share to keep the conference green!

Of course, don't forget the Geek Bike Ride is tomorrow.

Wednesday Dec 07, 2011

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Preview at Oracle Open World/JavaOne Latin America 2011 + Launch Playback

Get a quick preview of Oracle WebLogic Server 12c from Mike Lehmann (Sr Director, Product Management, Fusion Middleware at Oracle) at Oracle Open World/JavaOne Latin America 2011.

What are the main themes of this new release ?
  • Java EE 6 and Developer Productivity
  • Simplified Deployment and Management with Virtualization
  • Integrated Traffic Management
  • Enhanced Availability and Disaster Recovery
  • Much Higher Performance
  • Seamless Upgrade

And if you want to learn more about WebLogic 12c then a replay of the online launch event from last week is now available here. It covers 1-hour executive overview by Hasan Rizvi and 1-hour developer deep dive, with several demos, by Will Lyons.

Bits coming soon ...

Friday Dec 10, 2010

JavaOne Brazil 2010 - Day 3 Slides + Pics + Special Guest ;-)

JavaOne Latin America or JavaOne Brazil 2010 Day 3 (Day 2, 1, and 0) continued to build on the momentum from previous days. The attendees showed the same level of excitement and enthusiasm and the sessions continue to be packed.

I started my day by giving a presentation on "Hyperproductive JSF 2.0" and explained the various key improvements in the Java Server Faces 2.0 such as:
  • Facelets as templating language
  • Ease-of-use to create composite components
  • Integrated Ajax support
  • Partial state saving
  • System Events
  • Resource handling
  • Optional "faces-config.xml"
and many others. The slides are available now:

The second presentation of the day for me was on "Servlets 3.0 - Asynchronous, Extensibility, Ease-of-use" and explained the key improvements made in that area such as:
  • Optional "web.xml" in common cases by using corresponding annotations
  • Dynamic registration of Servlet
  • Pluggability of additional frameworks using web fragments
  • Asynchronous Servlets
  • Security enhancements
and many other improvements. The slides are available now:

This particular session turned to be slightly comical as Juggy, the mascot of JUGs, showed keen interest in the technology. He got super excited any time code was shown on the screen and has a particular liking towards NetBeans. He kept the audience entertained by asking really useful questions and surprised me on how quickly was able to grasp the concepts. Another effect of having Juggy in the session was the bloated attendance of 350+ for this particular session, thank you Juggy for making the session very interesting! Here are some tweets from the session:

@_diogo: Show the puppets at JavaOne #during a talk on arungupta @Servlet 3.0 (via @dlameri) / / funny

@edsonyanaga: It was a most excellent presentation of @#JavaOne arungupta in Brazil. This time on Servlets 3.0 Participation Special Juggie (JavaMan)

@pelosmeusolhos: @arungupta and juggie on #javaone brasil #comic and very #funny #j1br

@loiane: @arungupta 's talks are so fun! #JavaOne #JavaOneBrazil

@anabrant: Very good and funny speach by @arungupta with Juggie at #JavaOneBrasil

@dlameri: Show the puppets at JavaOne #during a talk about Servlet 3.0 @arungupta

And many more ...

The "Getting Started with Java EE 6" hands-on lab started with hiccups as the software was not installed on the machines. But many thanks to Ludo, Jerome, Sharat, and Petr who packaged all the material on a USB drive and then quickly installed on different machines. A couple of attendees were even able to complete the lab based and majority were able to make good progress.

The last session of the day was by Bruno Souza and Fabiane Nardon on "The Future of Java Developer" (CEHCK). They had great pyrotechnics (SPELLING CHC) display and were planning to have some fun but I had to leave early to accommodate the ridiculously long traffic times in Sao Paulo city :-) And I'm glad I because it took us 2 hours to reach airport, another 45 minutes to check-in, and about an hour to clear the security clearance. Jerome & Ludo had a longer and more adventurous ride to the airport so make sure to ask them details :-)

And now day 3 pictures from JavaOne 2010 in Brazil ...

And finally the completed photo album:

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Wednesday Dec 08, 2010

Java One 2010 Brazil Day 2 Trip Report - Pics & Slides

JavaOne Latin America 2010 (Day 1 and 0) started in an exciting way where I found a nice multi-instance cluster installation of GlassFish. More on that later but enjoyed meeting colleagues from different groups within Oracle.

I gave a presentation on "Whats New in Enterprise Java Beans 3.1" and the slides are available:

The attendees seem to like simplified packaging (EJB-in-a-WAR and deployment descriptor-free), no-interface bean, cron-like syntax, and other features were well appreciated by the users. All other sessions were going pretty packed as well to the extent that some of the sessions are having a re-run today and some of today's sessions have moved to a much bigger hall. Make sure to note the changes.

After that, Alexandra and I presented at a MySQL Community Event on how Java EE 6, GlassFish, NetBeans, and MySQL present an ideal open-source stack for building Web applications very easily, the slides are available:

Vinicius Senger from GlobalCode arranged an impromptu discussion on Java-based Web Frameworks at end of the day. There were representations from Java EE 6, Wicket, GWT, VRaptor,  Spring MVC, ADF, and Demoiselles. It was a lively discussion where each framework was talking about the pros/cons of different frameworks and the community was asking questions. CDI got good appreciation from different folks and it indeed is one of the most powerful technologies introduced in the Java EE 6 platform.

Matt Raibles "Comparing JVM Web Frameworks" presentation was discussed as well. The consensus was that the chosen frameworks are not an apple-to-apple comparison. For example, while Rails and Grails are complete stack, JSF2, Wicket, and Vaadin are presentation layers only. I gave the same feedback to him at Rich Web Experience as well so hopefully the matrix will be updated appropriately.

Also found some great deployments of GlassFish in this part of the world. We are looking for partners (System Integrators, Independent Software Vendors/Developers, Consultants, Training Partners) who can help us spread the message of GlassFish in South America. Drop a comment on this blog if you are interested.

For tomorrow, there are couple of changes to the list of Java EE 6 & GlassFish sessions ...
  • "S320003 - Servlet 3.0 Extensible, Asynchronous and Easy to Use" moved from its original slot of (4:15 - 5pm) to (4pm - 4:45pm) and the location changes from Auditorio 1 to the Keynote Hall (on the ground floor).
  • "S313189 - Complete Tools Coverage for the Java EE 6 Platform" moved from Auditorio 1 to Keynote Hall (on the ground floor).
Rest of the schedule stays as is.
And now day 2 pictures from Oracle Open World and JavaOne 2010 in Brazil ...

And finally the evolving photo album so far:

On a personal front, somebody mentioned the landscape from Chili, food from Peru, and girls from Argentina (or Brazil depending upon who you ask) is the most fascinating threesome ;-) I've never been to Chili, Peru, and Argentina so will have to figure out how to experience that :-) Any Java conferences there ?

Also, its weird to experience Christmas in the hot weather of Sao Paulo. I wonder the white christmas here refers to white sand on the beach.  The malls certainly have huge christmas trees and even there is a Santa station but feels awkard without the cold weather. Tomorrow is the last day of JavaOne and I'm soooo looking forward to head back home and can only think of the following song ...

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Tuesday Dec 07, 2010

Oracle Open World / Java One 2010 Brazil Day 1 Trip Report

Oracle Open World 2010 Latin America was kick started this morning by Oracle's President Mark Hurd. Later Adam Messinger's (Vice President in Fusion Middleware group at Oracle) keynote started JavaOne Brazil and gave a status update on the Java platform. In his talk, Staffan showed a demo of JRockit Mission Control. TIM (a local Brazilian telecom company) showed how they are using Java to serve multi-million users in Brazil. Java FX super fast rendering capabilities were shown in a video. I showed how a multi-instance GlassFish 3.1 cluster can be easily created using web-based administration console. The steps to reproduce the demo are explained in the video below:

I accidentally left my tweetdeck open before the demo machines were locked and so tweets were popping all through out the demo. The attendees seem to had a good laugh at that :-)

The three Technical General Sessions by Danny Coward, Jerome Dochez, and Greg Bollela dig deeper into Java SE, Java EE, and Mobile/Embedded platforms. Jerome's talk showed a typical 3-tier application that allows the user to monitor twitter trends for pre-defined hashtags. More details about the application and downloadable code are available here.

And now day 1 pictures from Oracle Open World, Oracle Develop, and JavaOne 2010 in Brazil ...

Come by and meet us at the Java EE 6 booth in the JavaOne exhibitor floor. I reached little bit late to the OTN party but the place was totally rocking with the community.

This is Brazil so here is a sample of "booth models" at the exhibitor floor ...

This is not meant to offend anybody but just to show culutral shift obvious due to the geography. And yes, I took permissions from each of the models before taking their picture :-)

Here is another fun activity performed on the exhibitor floor:

Looking forward to Java EE & GlassFish sessions tomorrow and day after. And don't forget to attend the FREE MySQL Community Event tomorrow!

I enjoyed meeting Vinicius Senger, Yara Senger, Daniel deOliveira, Sven Reimers, Eduardo Lima, and several other Java community members.

And finally the evolving photo album so far:

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Monday Dec 06, 2010

Oracle Open World / Java One 2010 Brazil Day 0 Pictures

First set of pictures from Oracle Open World, Oracle Develop, and JavaOne 2010 in Brazil ...

And a picture from dinner with local Java champions and JUG leaders of Brazil ...

Looking forward to meet many others over the next 3 days.

And the evolving album so far:

JavaOne Brazil
starts in a few more hours and here are some pointers for you:
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Thursday Oct 15, 2009

Oracle Open World 2009 – Day 4 with Larry, Arnold , and Aerosmith

Day 4 of Oracle Open World 2009 (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) was all about about spending time at the Java EE 6 exhibit, attending Larry's keynote and finally the Appreciation Event.

Larry talked about Oracle Enterprise Linux, Exadata v2, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Fusion Apps.

Exadata v2 runs Oracle database faster than any other machine on the planet. With Exadata v1, the advantages were pretty obvious with customers reducing query times from 24 hours to 30 mins and 30 min to 1 min and some observing 10x - 72x improvements. Exadata v2 is much faster and bigger than v1 with 400 GB of DRAM + 5 TB of flash gives spectacular random IO memory (1 million I/Os per second).

Arnold Schwarzenegger made a surprise appearance during Larry's keynote to talk about the technology innovation. Watch him speak in the 2-part videos below:

Watch Arnold's endorsement of Oracle/Sun merger starting at 1:15 in part 2 video above.

This was my first experience to watch Arnold speaking live at a conference and must say I was truly impressed, and feel honored, by our esteemed governor. He is a great business men who did not deter from the opportunity to sell "Kaalifornia" to all the conference attendees. And he still very much carry the charm & persona from his previous life as a superstar.

The Appreciation Event had an impressive lineup of rocks bands including Aerosmith and Roger Daltrey. There was a boardwalk carnival with Ferris wheel, thrill rides and a games arcade. And of course there were exotic treats to feed you. One thing was clear, Oracle certainly knows how to take care of their customers!

Here are some pictures from yesterday:

And the complete album at:

After attending Oracle Open World 2009 for four days, I'm more than eagerly waiting for the merger to complete now. Now whether they keep me or not, I'm confident that they'll be able to turn Sun around and make money out of it. If they keep me, I'm part of that success. If not, I'll get job elsewhere but at least will be happy to see Sun's products generating revenue :-)

Cmon EU!

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Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

Oracle Open World 2009 – Day 3 Report

Day 3 of Oracle Open World 2009 (Day 1, Day 2) started on an adventurous note for me. The San Francisco Bay Area got hit with the strongest October storm in 47 years and so the ride from home to Moscone Center took almost 30 extra minutes, because of flooded roads, strong winds, other accidents, and hydroplaning multiple times. Anyway only missed first few minutes of Thomas Kurian's keynote. Kurian is no stranger to the Java crowd because he is a regular keynote speaker at JavaOne. However it was totally impressive to see customer endorsements (both quality and quantity) and how they are using Oracle to solve operational problems.

Some more observations from the floor:

  • The last session gets over at 6:30pm and Moscone halls are closed after that, no late night BoFs or AfterDark events.
  • The game lounge is in the Moscone West only, not sure why. May be because that's where the Middleware stream is and that's where the developers are attracted ;-)
  • There is a dedicated slots for Exhibitor Hall where no other formal activities are happening.

I spent some time on the Java EE 6 booth talking about the technology and showcasing GlassFish features such as monitoring and Rails deployment.

Enjoy videos of marketing gimmicks by some vendors at the show floor:

The evening ended with the OOW Bloggers Meetup at LJ's Martini Club & Grill. It was good to meet fellow bloggers from Oracle and other companies. OTN folks arranged a game to promote social networking. Basically, everybody was given a tee-shirt to wear and whoever has the most signatures from other bloggers wins an HP notebook. A MacBook would've been a better incentive to compete for me ;-) Anyway there was beer and muchies to keep the bloggers happy. Thanks to Justin (aka "King of OTN") for picking the bill!

Here are some pictures from earlier today:

And the evolving album at:

If you are not able to attend in person, then you can follow OOW Blogs, Open World Live, @OpenWorld (twitter), Community tweets with #oow.

Looking forward to see Arnold Schwarzenegger discussing technology innovation with Larry Ellison tomorrow.

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Monday Oct 12, 2009

Oracle Open World 2009 - Day 2 Report

Following from Day 1, the Day 2 started with Charles Phillips and Safra Catz keynote. The keynotes at Open World are significantly different from JavaOne or any other developer conference I've attended so far. Of course they are expected to be because Open World is not primarily a developer's conference. Oracle Develop (OD) certainly closely mimic any of the conferences I've typically attended. My "exhibitor" badge restricted me from attending any of the sessions at OD though :-(

Here are some interesting statistics about the conference:

5 content streams (Database, Applications, Industries, Management & Infrastructure, & Middleware)
314 demo kisosk
401 partners & customer exchibiting
1966 educational sessions (10% more than last year)
4500 Oracle developers/experts for you
81,266 hotel room nights
170,000 cups of coffee
182,000 online participation

Here are some interesting sightings from the Open World exhibitor pavilion:

  • Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, HCL, Wipro, Mahindra Satyam, Birlasoft, Cognizant and a host of other companies based in India are exhibiting in the pavilion. This is a pleasant surprise from JavaOne which typically does not see these many companies out of India.
  • Poker, Ducati, Glider, Beatles Guitar, Sumo wrestler, Callaway Golf, Mini Cooper and other similar sightings were spotted. Check out complete set of images here.
  • Lot more attendees are wearing a suit, quite unlike JavaOne or RailsConf which is typically denim/t-shirt rich.

On a personal front, everything that possibly could went wrong as part of the demo installation yesterday and rehearsal for my talks earlier today. NetBeans was not able to connect to the Oracle database (couple of machine restarts solved that), GlassFish Tools Bundle for Eclipse was timing out attempting to start GlassFish (removing workspace solved that problem), NetBeans's RESTful tooling not recognizing JPA entities, and also found a blocking bug (issue #10166) in deploying Rails app to latest GlassFish promoted build. These demos have worked seamlessly for me all the time time and fortunately worked well during the talk.

My talk at the Unconference on Creating Quick and Powerful Web applications with Oracle, GlassFish and NetBeans/Eclipse went well. It was truly an unconference event with no projector or mic in the presentation room. But the small attendance allowed us to huddle around the table and luckily all the demos worked seamlessly. The slides are available at:

Several demos shown in the talk are available at:

The slides have pointers to several other demos as well. Also showed the simplicity of Java EE 6 development using Eclipse in Java Platform, Enterprise Edition: The Foundation and Future of Your Enterpise.

The day concluded with OTN Night in Howard St tent. Check out a brief video from the event:

Here are some pictures from earlier today:

And the evolving album at:

If you are not able to attend in person, then you can follow OOW Blogs, Open World Live, @OpenWorld (twitter), Community tweets with #oow.

Back tomorrow on Day 3 with more pictures :-)

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Sunday Oct 11, 2009

Oracle Open World 2009 - Day 1 Report

Sun Microsystems is the innovation sponsor of Oracle Open World 2009. And that's what was the theme of Scott McNealy's keynote on a "Sun"day. It's been a while that I've seen Scott on the keynote stage and it truly was an enjoyable experience. In his characteristic way, he gave top 10 reasons that "Engineers have gone wild" as:

10. Who needs thumb drive in the shape of sushi ?
9. "Noble prize" recently awards for gas mask bra - no more ridiculous than other noble prizes recently awarded
8. OS/2
7. Patent awarded for face mask with voice modification capability
6. I could do an entire top 10 of worlds strangest keyboards (strangest being iPhone, "Friends don't let friends type on iPhone")
5. Windows 7
4. Man uses SPARCstation for his ashses
3. New market in "family size' plots
2. Mainframe running Linux
1. Some one came up with this crazy idea for a 'Java Ring'

And then on a more serious note, and keeping with the keynote theme, top 10 innovations from Sun:

10. NFS/PC-NFS Technology (1983)
9. SPARC (1989)
8. Open Source Software (Berkeley Unix, "Red Hat of Berkeley Unix", #1 contributor to OSS community)
7. BSD + UNIX System 5 = Solaris
6. Java (Java card, EE/SE/ME, JavaFX)
5. E10K (64-way Solaris, no longer mainframe required)
4. ZFS/Open Storage/Flash (Exadata)
3. Project Blackbox, world's first modular datacenter
2. SunRay
1. Chip multithreading "CoolThreads"

And the biggest innovation from Sun:

Kicked Butt
Had Fun
Didn't CHeat
Loved our customers
Changed computing for ever

Scott explained why SPARC, Solaris, MySQL, Java are here to stay. "Kick Butt, Have Fun" is truly the spirit at Sun :-)

James Gosling, the father of Java, showed up on the stage to talk about Java's relevance for Oracle. Also showed "The Gospel of Java according to James" and the video is shown below:

John Fowler talked about several brand new Sun/Oracle world-record benchmarks. A key point from these benchmarks "Oracle and Sun were able to set the world record using 1/8th the hardware that IBM used for its largest benchmark". And we also announced F5100 Flash Array, the world's fastest solid-state flash array.

And here are some quotes from Larry Ellison's keynote appearance:

  • "SPARC is a fantastic technology"
  • "All Oracle software runs reliably and faster on Solaris, than ever before"
  • "MySQL competes in different market", "We are going to spend more, not less, on MySQL", "Increase our rate of contribution to that product"
  • "Not only invest in Sun technology, also in Sun business"
  • IBM: Slower, Costs More, Not Fault Tolerant, Not Very Green (from a slide)
  • 25% more throughput, (can do lot better), 16x better response time
  • "IBM's processor is called "POWER", we know why ?" (because it's consumes the entire power of your data center ;-)
  • "I'm not fair on IBM because they are not here to respond"
  • One mans' SUNset is another man's SUNrise, We think this is SUNrise time"

It totally reminded me of Scott McNealy's "dot-not" (as compared to .NET) and "c-flat" (for C#) quotes from JavaOne :-)

Check out related articles about Sun's presence at Open World:

Here are some pictures:

And the evolving album at:

If you are not able to attend in person, then you can follow OOW Blogs, Open World Live, @OpenWorld (twitter), Community tweets with #oow.

On a personal note, this is my first Open World and am totally amazed by the size of attendees, and it's only a Sunday. The entire Howard St is shutdown and tents are installed to accommodate the conference. All 3 Moscone halls (North, South, and West) are used. A scale down replica of Larry's "Rising Sun" is also displayed on Howard Street. And for the first time in 10 years, I'm getting only an Exhibitor badge at Moscone :-)

Also installed GlassFish, NetBeans/Eclipse demos on the booth machine and ready to wow the audience with Java EE 6 in the exhibitor hall for the next 3 days! And of course, I'm talking at the Unconference tomorrow at 11am on Creating Quick and Powerful Web applications with Oracle, GlassFish and NetBeans/Eclipse. Get ready to see lots and lots of demos!

Back tomorrow with more pictures :-)

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