Sunday Jun 12, 2011

Greenville JUG and SELF 2011 Trip Report

South Carolina, aka The Palmetto State, was one of the original 13 colonies that formed the basis of the United States of America. I had the opportunity to present at one of their JUGs and a local Linux conference.

Greenville JUG started in 2002 and has about 120 members. Even though the audience is small but the passion, interactivity, and maturity of audience was immense. The JUG offer free Java certification training bootcamp on a regular basis. So you get trained for free and pay only for the certification. The JUG is always looking for speakers and sponsors. So if you are in neighborhood and would like to talk then send an email to John Yeary - the fearless JUG leader.

At the JUG meeting, I gave a 3 hour session explaining the key benefits of Java EE 6 using NetBeans and GlassFish. The talk started with explaining the key themes of Java E 6: light-weight, ease-of-use, and extensibility. And then rest of the talk was NetBeans-driven showing Servlets 3.0, JPA 2.0, EJB 3.1, JSF 2.0, CDI 1.0, JAX-RS 1.1, and other Java EE 6 technologies. The code built during the meeting can be downloaded here.

Here are some pictures from the meetup:

Several folks stopped by after the JUG meeting saying that they enjoyed the content. I met some folks from the JUG meetup at the conference next day and we talked about only some pieces of Java EE 6 (such as JPA or JSF) can be used and then slowly migrate to the over all stack as well.

South East Linux Fest (SELF) is an annual community event focused on Linux and Open Source Software. SELF 2011 was the third such event and there were several sessions on Ubuntu, Drupal, Puppet, Open source cloud, Contribution to OSS, Fossilizing your code, and other similar topics.

Oracle was a gold sponsor this year and I gave a talk on "Java EE 6 Hackathon using NetBeans and GlassFish". The code built during the preso can be downloaded here. Unlike the JUG, I also gave an introduction to Oracle's several open source efforts including but not restricting to OpenJDK, NetBeans, GlassFish, MySQL, and VirtualBox.

The exact attendance figures for the conference are not known yet but about 1000 attendees registered. Check out some pictures from the event:

Thank you John Yeary - a man with multiple talents and a local champion in the community. He invited me to the JUG and SELF and coordinated my visit. I found it interesting that his kitty is named "Java" and its the coffee, not the platform :-) In all our driving around together (in the lightning and downpour typical in this area) I heard some interesting stories from his ex-Navy and merchant marine background on how once he lied down on an explosive to save the life of others. John also happen to have a license to operate an unlimited horsepower machinery, power plant, and even a nuclear power plant. What a nice gentleman and a great host ... thank you John!

On a personal front, I managed to sneak a couple of runs at the Palmetto Trail. And I totally enjoyed the southern accent and hospitality :-)

And as always, the complete album ...

I'm a United 1K with this trip and the next stop is Brazeeeel!

Saturday Jun 11, 2011

Running on The Palmetto Trail, Spartanburg, South Carolina

The Palmetto Trail is planned to be a 425+ mile recreational trail for hiking, biking, running, and some parts for equestrian traversing the state of South Carolina. It currently consists of 235 miles in bits and pieces through different couties.

The trail runs through Spartanburg, South Carolina - the venue of South East Linux Fest 2011. Even though its only a small distance of about 1.87 miles but out & back makes it about 3.75  miles. And then doubling that up makes it around 7.5 miles. And the trail itself is about 1 mile from the Mariott Spartanburg. So I enjoyed about 9.5 miles of good running this morning.

Here is my running chart:

The trail is very well shaded with tall trees and also has mile markers every 0.5 mile. The trail runs along with an old and unused train track for about half a mile and is also part of the Hub City Connector prorgam of the city of Spartanburg.

If you happen to be in the neighborhood, dont forget to run through this trail!


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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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