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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Monday Nov 01, 2010

Silicon Valley Marathon 2010 Results - Personal Record!

I ran Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Marathon 2010 over the weekend and here are the results:

This amounts to an average page of 8:35 min/mile.

A total of 2100 runners registered for the entire event, 652 were marathon finishers (464 males and 188 females) and rest were half-marathoners, 5k runners, and kids races. The marathon male winner completed the course in 2:35:25 and the female winner in 3:12:44. The complete results are available here.

A split of finish times for males and females is given below:

As evident, most of the marathoners finished within the 3:30 - 4:00 hour range. The average finish time was 4:17:03. A complete route of the map is available below (click on the map for an interactive version):

My last long run before the marathon was almost 7 weeks before the race. After that I ran a practice half marathon and all my other runs were single digits. I did log lots of miles but they were on airlines traveling internationally for different conferences so was focusing primarily on cross-training. It helped but lack of long runs showed up in poor performance during the last few miles as evident in the mile splits below:

Guess, I hit the wall at mile 23 :(

Even though this was a PR for me and I improved timings by over 15 minutes from the last full marathon but I did not like the performance during the last few miles. Stronger and faster running with several hill runs are certainly the key and I need to put more emphasis on them!

There were significant differences from other local and much bigger races like Rock-n-Roll and San Francisco Marathon such as one mass start instead of wave starts, relatively less number of spectators, and much smaller expo. But the huge advantage was that the start time was 7am and there is ample free parking in the San Jose downtown on weekends.

Anyway here is the cumulative result of all the marathons so far:

Marathon / Half Marathon Total Time Pace
Silicon Valley Marathon 2010 3:49:17 8:35
San Francisco 1/2 Marathon 2010 1:35:42 7:18
San Jose Rock-n-Roll 2009 1:30:59 6:57
San Francicsco 1/2 Marathon 2009 1:38:21 7:31
Kaiser Permanente San Francicsco 1/2 2009 1:41:30 7:45
Silicon Valley 1/2 2008 1:45:42 8:04
San Francisco 1/2 2008 1:52:44 8:25
San Francisco Full 2007 4:04:33 9:20
Silicon Valley Full 2006 4:06:57 9:25
San Francisco 1/2 2005 1:48:50 8:18

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