Sun Tech Days 08 - a learning experience

Blog entry shared by Deepak Singla

On Friday, after Glassfish morning session, we happened to leave International Community Center. So for us, the Sun Tech Days concluded on Friday afternoon. But there were lots of things happening and lots of participants were there keen to know about their favorite technologies.

Overall, Sun Tech Days was a learning experience where we got a lot of information on Sun Technologies, open source strategies, and also got to interact with the large community. Most of the community members were students and they are already contributing to the open source products. Their enthusiasm was great to see and how they are mad about Sun.

I personally feel that Sun is doing good in reaching universities and encouraging students to participate. Students who participated and won the prizes in Code for Freedom contest got the visibility in the huge event like Sun Tech Days. Thanks to Sun for being a student companion in one or the other form.

In IPG booth, we were doing lots of things - Quiz on Sun Technologies, Documentation Survey, java.net registration, a enthusiastic talk on Glassfish by Alan and Rajeev, NetBeans demo by Frank, and of cource, OpenDS demo. People showed very good response in the quiz as on the 2nd day when we announced the winners lot of people were coming asking for the quiz form. As Shripad wrote in his blog, Franks was running the NetBeans show single handedly. Rajeev also making the participants aware of the Glassfish technology and how they can contribute to the code as well as the documentation.

I showed the participants the cool features of OpenDS. They wanted to know more about how they can contribute. It was good to tell them that a lot of development is happening and a lot is to do. There were very few who were aware of OpenDS. In the next Tech Days, I'm sure we'll have more numbers knowing about OpenDS and contributing.

We also met the students who wanted to know more about their final year projects and saw gurus guiding them by answering to their questions and sharing their email ids with them. It was only Sun Microsystems in the air in Hyderabad. In the International Community Center, it appeared to me that if there is anything cool is happening that is Sun.

By the time we reached Bangalore, we were all exhausted. The next two days are Saturday and Sunday so we are happy that we'll get sometime off after the eventful 3 days in Sun Tech Days. I love Sun Microsystems...

Watch out for pics for all the three days. Waiting for David to share the pictures with us. Thanks to all of you who encouraged us to cover the whole event in form of live blogging - it is cool.

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