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.

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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Wednesday Sep 09, 2009

Larry Ellison to Sun Customers – “We’re in it to win it”

Here is an advertisement from today's (Sep 10, 2001) Wall Street Journal (also here)

Also find out why Oracle + Sun is faster than IBM on Oct 14.

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