For the last couple of weeks I have been slowly building a presentation for what I eventually hope will be a podcast/talk on JXTA configuration.
The presentation isn't about the mechanics (the how
) of JXTA configuration but is instead focused entirely at the why
of JXTA configuration. I've also been trying to make the presentation as self contained as possible, a reader or (eventually) a listener shouldn't need to have any prior understanding of JXTA's inner workings in order to make sense of what is discussed. I've been somewhat unsure about what level of experience with networking should be assumed though. Should I assume that readers know what a firewall is? Should I assume that they know that SMTP is used for sending email messages? Should I assume that readers know the RFC numbers and port assignments for the 100 most common network protocols? (Just kidding).
A week ago I asked a few people for feedback on the presentation to make sure I was going the right direction. The responses I got were very encouraging. In the last week I've prepared eight additional slides and I'm still enthusiastic that when completed this podcast will help many starting JXTA configurators. I've decided to start posting my drafts of the work in progress. I'll try to post an updated draft every week or so until the podcast is released. My primary goal in posting drafts is to make sure that the material remains on the right track. I'm interested in hearing feedback. I'm not too concerned, right now, with minor "There's a typo on slide 9, netowrk" type of errors. I'd rather hear about "You never explain what a peer is", kind of errors. (By the way, I guess I need to make a "What is a peer" slide....)
The current slide presentation with notes : JXTA Configuration