Sun Tech Days HYD, Day 2

Blog entry by Shripad Patki:

Day 2 continued to build on the momentum from Day 1. In the first keynote, David, MySQL co-founder walked us thru a brief history of the company, how/why it adopted opensource lifestyle, how it went about building communities, its approach to innovation, and its business model.

In the second keynote, Vijay Anand of Oracle India, gave an interesting talk on how Oracle is bringing Web 2.0 technologies and solutions in the Enterprise world. He called that Enterprise 2.0. For Oracle, it was all about integrating their JDeveloper, Business Integration middleware portfolio, and their web designer/social networking solutions. Would have loved to see the equivalent Sun story covered thru NetBeans, JCAPS, and SNAP ...

There were some very interesting sessions during the day around OpenSolaris tuning on AMD and Intel Systems, GlassFish, NetBeans, OpenOffice programming, and an open Opensource community exchange which showcased interesting community contributions, including results of Code for Freedom contest in India.

The booth areas continued to attract lot of traffic. Booths from IPG, NetBeans, and G11n were quite popular. On Day 1, Frank Jennings from IPG IEC did a fantastic job of single handedly showcasing NetBeans, and answering tons of NB questions from the attendees, almost with no breather. Rajeev, Deepak, and Geetha were remarkable in supporting activities at the IPG booth, which at times was just simply mobbed, thanks to interest in information, and of course the little goodies that everyone was after. The audience interest in GlassFish, surprised me a bit, because you tend to think that it would be of interest mainly to Enterprise developers. Our own Alan Sommerer, was a sought out star. Alan, almost lost his voice talking non-stop with the attendees. Their questions ranged from how to join the community, how they can contribute, to general questions from students about what courses they should take, or what projects they should do. I have never seen Alan, open up and talk so much. We have nick-named him Professor Alan, for his ability to reach out to large student audience. His pitch about GlassFish, and Java EE must have made a difference, because at an adjacent SMI Press booth, the Java EE tutorials were first to sell out all the copies they had brought to the show.

David has been our official IPG photographer of the event in between his interactions with the crowd on NetBeans, Sun Studio and related queries. Look for an official photo album coming to a website near you in the near future.

Right now, even as a I write, the Community Day is in progress. Good keynote by Ian Murdock on OpenSolaris and beyond. What follow are the individual community day sessions, which will go on till the Friday evening.

Overall, this has been a tremendous event for Sun. It has been all about getting word out about our products, technologies, and communities, and making them relevant for this diverse crowd, ending with call for participation.

Something about the attendance at the event. Last I heard, there were 4000 attendees at the venue, with another 2000 who joined the live webcast of Day 1. They were expecting 3000 attendees for the Community Day today. Students, including Campus ambassadors, formed a large portion of attendees

Bye and signing off from HYD for now ...

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