Java Studio Creator 2 at Sun Tech Days Johannesburg, South Africa

It's almost 4AM and I should really be in bed but my internal clock is off because I'm in GMT+2 (Johannesburg, South Africa) instead of GMT-7 (Colorado, USA).  Yesterday, May 4th  was the end of the Sun Tech Days Johannesburg, South Africa.  The first Day I delivered a Java Studio Creator 2 AJAX hands-on lab with the famed Sun Technology Evangelist Sang Shin.  Sang is a really dynamic, energetic speaker who is very knowledgeable in many Java technologies.  You can check Sang's wealth of information out at javapassion.com.  Yesterday I gave a "Rapid Web Application Development with Java Studio Creator" talk.  This was really my first presentation to such a large crowd.  I don't know the exact numbers but I'm guessing around 400 showed up for the session.  Perhaps it was just my nerves and there were really only about 5 people in the audience. :)  The demo gods where not with me.  I did a demo that I've literally done at least 50 times.  Can you believe the demo crashed!  Ugh!  I tried to pull a Tor Norbye demo save but failed so I couldn't do the Tor-Nixon victory salute.  As I sat watching the next presentation my blunder came to mind.  I really wanted to run on stage, push the presenter out of the way and show the crowd how the demo worked.  In the end the demo went well as I was able to show all the features I intended. For those of you reading this that wonder what I did wrong, I didn't include the "Travel:prerender" codeclip which affected the CachedRowset parameter the FIRST time the page is show.  I even got to throw out some shirts and squishy Dukes.  I always wanted to do that! 

I've really enjoyed the people of South Africa.  I met lots of wonderful South Africans and Sun employees.  I met Tom Gryder, the Sun Studio Product Marketing Manager, who manned the Sun tools booth.  Tom and I've been going to dinner together and trying not to be robbed.  We had two men try to steal our ATM cards while we were trying to take cash out.  The one man told Tom that Tom had to put his card back in the machine to "close" it so the man could use the ATM.  Tom was wise to him and told him to talk to the bank if he had a problem.  Then the man went after me and I'm a naive small-town dude that didn't catch on right away.  I didn't give him my card in the end.  We learned that this is a scam where they switch your card or swipe it in a palm-sized device stealing your info.  I also met Geertjan Wielenga a NetBeans Evangelist who doubles as a tech writer for Sun. Geertjan was mobbed by NetBeans CD seekers and gave lots of great NetBeans demos.

I would gladly recommend a trip to South Africa to anyone.  The people speak a funny English. :) Despite some difficulty understanding them, they are truly wonderful!

Cheers!
-David
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