Sun Tech Days 08 - Day 2
By deepaksingla on Feb 28, 2008
Blog entry by Geetha Nazare
Day 2 of the tech days started with David Axmark, cofounder of MySQL giving the keynote address. It was interesting to note that the first database code was written in 1982, and the first pure MySQL code in 1995. Some seeds of success he shared were solving a common problem, having a commercial agenda from start, easy to install and use. They followed the 15 mins rule - "Install and try in less than 15 mins." He also mentioned that documentation was created in special English since they were non-English speaking but the documentation was readable and usable. He talked about free time innovation and passion. He eluded that Java JDBC driver was written by a student and it won a PC mag award. Another key point he made was "Repeatable bug reports are as valuable as code" and it closes the feedback loop. I also learned that "My" is a common name in Finland. He concluded by saying that "since Tuesday, MySQL is now part of Sun". Indeed a great example of how innovation happens in small steps.
As we were still in the MySQL mood, there came another passionate speaker - Vijay Anand, VP of Oracle software development group. He was impressed with the crowd and felt great to see the energy around. He started with congratulating Sun and said "Congratulations, the largest developer base in the world!". He talked about the various aspects of middleware - Web 2.0, SOA, Enterprise 2.0. He spoke about the paradigm of Web 2.0 as being participative and web-centric. He opined that Enterprise 2.0 is the buzz word and its happening. There were demos of Oracle web center and fusion middleware.
It was fun time now - Rags came on stage and said that the weirdest talent showcased will get a Sun leather jacket. There were many participants but only four were lucky to come on stage and perform. Their talents ranged from standing on the head to counting numbers from 100 to 0 backwards to mimicry and singing classical music. By audience choice Haritha, who sang a classical song won the leather jacket. Tshirts were given away too.
Finally, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the tech days with the cake cutting! My takeaways - lot of learning, listening to motivational speakers, and fun.