Monday May 11, 2009

University Day @ University of Sydney, 19th May 2009

Join us for a morning of cool talks and demoes by Sun Evangelists at the University Day in Sydney

When: Tuesday 19th May 2009

Where: Law School Lecture Theater 106, University of Sydney

Host: Chris Leong, University of Sydney Student Ambassador


8:30 – 9:00am Registration
9:00 – 9:10am University Welcome - Reginald Hutcherson
9:10 – 9:35am Demos You Don't Want to Miss (all Evangelists)
9:35 – 10:10am JavaFX: Building Rich Internet Applications with Ease - Angela Caicedo
10:10 – 10:45am Building Cool Applications with NetBeans - Chuk Munn Lee
10:45 – 11:00am BREAK
11:00 – 11:35am Introduction to OpenSolaris – Earn a Certificate! - Peter Karlsson
11:35 – 12:10pm Java ME  - Angela Caicedo
12:10 – 12:40pm 7 Habits of Highly Effective Developer - Chuk Munn Lee
12:40 – 1:00pm
Hear the Power of Sun - from Local Campus Ambassador - Chris Leong

Speakers Bio

TechTalk in Melbourne, 12th and 14th May 2009

Join us for a TechTalk by Ashwin Rao from the Developer Tools organization, who will talk on "Accelerating your development with NetBeans".

Where: Monash University.  Tuesday 12th May 2009, 1-2pm

And:   University of Melbourne, ICT Building, Theater 2.  Thursday 14th May 2009, 1-2pm

Hosts:  Aupi As-Saber, Monash University Student Ambassador

  Arif Mohammed, University of Melbourne Student Ambassador


Having the right tools for the right job is a notion that is true across many disciplines, if not all, and application development is no different.

This session showcases how the NetBeans project, which consists of an open-source IDE and an application platform that enables developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using the Java platforms, can significantly improve developer productivity. The IDE supports many languages such as Java, PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, Groovy, JavaFX and C/C++.

The session will touch upon highlights of the upcoming NetBeans 6.7 release. Among the new features, is the ability to facilitate the collaborative development paradigm with seamless connections into, a collaborative project hosting infrastructure that sits in the cloud.

Finally, the session will talk about JavaFX, an expressive rich client platform for creating and delivering rich Internet experiences across all screens of your life. Developing to JavaFX is vastly simplified with the support built in to the NetBeans IDE.


Ashwin Rao is a Product Line Manager in the developer tools organization at Sun Microsystems. He has been associated with developer tools for most parts of his career. Ashwin started his career as a developer in the defense industry working on developing real time software for command and control systems. Before joining Sun, he held various technical positions in Baan an ERP company, including that of a developer / team lead in a development group at Baan working on the next generation ERP platform and development tools.

Friday May 08, 2009

TechTalk in Brisbane @ QUT, Thursday 14th May 2009

Join us for a TechTalk by James McPherson from the Solaris team, who will talk on "Care and feeding of developers: experiences from the OpenSolaris Gate". 

Where: Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point campus, Room S 408

When: Thursday 14th May 2009, 3-4pm

Host: Umair Awan, QUT Student Ambassador


The OpenSolaris development community is globally distributed, and reliant on well run infrastructure. This presentation will explain some of the quirks and features, as well as covering some of the procedural and infrastructure issues that we have come across while moving to an Open development model including a new source code management system.


James McPherson has worked for Sun Microsystems for nearly 10 years, in support and development roles. In the past he has supported backup and volume management software, and developed fibre channel, multipathing and SAS features for OpenSolaris. He recently transitioned from his development role to work as gatekeeper for the core OpenSolaris kernel group, responsible for the care and feeding of the gate machines and playing a more hands-on part in keeping OpenSolaris quality up to standard. 

Monday Apr 13, 2009

PhD Scholarship

Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Brisbane and Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia -- PhD scholarship

Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Sun Labs, in collaboration with Bond University, are sponsoring a 3-year PhD scholarship in the intersection of the areas of program analysis and model-based testing.  We are interested in advanced program analysis techniques and algorithms as they relate to bug checking of systems code.


Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or affine area of study.

The successful candidate needs good design and implementation skills in the C, C++ or Java language, as well as some knoledge of program analysis techniques in one of the following areas: data flow analysis, type analysis or abstract interpretation.  The candidate will interact with the Parfait Sun Labs Down Under team and can base his/her work on their layered framework for bug checking of C/C++ code.


Professor Paddy Krishnan, Bond University, will be the PhD supervisor.  Dr Cristina Cifuentes, Sun Labs Brisbane, will be the associate supervisor.


If you are interested in applying or have any queries about this scholarship, please email Professor Paddy Krishnan at  

Thursday Apr 02, 2009

Hello and Welcome

G'day and welcome to the Sun Labs Down Under blog site. Want to learn more about what we have going on at Sun Labs Down Under? Then you have come to the right place. Here in our 'What's on' section you can discover the latest that is happening here at Sun Labs. Using the links below go and find out about our upcoming Seminars, recent News or Job opportunities.

Cristina Cifuentes


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