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  • April 30, 2016

10 Things Learned During GIDS 2016

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Here are 10 things I learned during the Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) 2016, an awesome conference in Bangalore and Pune, in no particular order:

  1. Heat Waves. Not a problem at all if you spend 100% of the time in a taxi, hotel, or conference center.

  2. Rikshas. Awesome way to see the lesser known sights of Bangalore when it turns out the driver has had no idea whatsoever where your hotel is located for the past hour of a trip that should have taken 10 minutes.

  3. Kabaddi. The existence thereof. The explanation for understanding it begins with, "You know musical chairs? Well, Kabaddi is nothing like musical chairs."

  4. Kraken.js. The existence thereof. More generally, completely new and unexpected insights about open source work being done at PayPal.

  5. Douglas Crockford is Full of Pithy Wisdom. For example, I picked up from him the insight that "sometimes you want the gorilla, but you also get the banana it is holding and the jungle it lives in". He was referring to JavaScript, though the Gorilla Principle could relate to other fields as well. Here's something else he said that was awesome: "We've got to do better than JavaScript, at least for our kids. We'll initially reject that language, though."

  6. NetBeans Community. How great it is. Gaurav Gupta, Tushar Joshi, Aatul Palandurkar, Abhideep Chakravarty, Rajmahendra Hegde, and others. Thanks for the great time and warmth! They all presented something (e.g., NetCAT, the NetBeans Dream Team, their own NetBeans plugins), either during NetBeans Day in Hyderabad or GIDS in Bangalore or Pune. Lots of enthusiasm for NetBeans in India.

  7. Speed vs. Distance. From the JCP, Heather VanCura's awesome insight: "'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." From Red Hat, in a great keynote by Bob McWhirter: "Innovation can occur without radical change. Java is not dead but mature," (to very loud cheers from his audience).

  8. iText is Inspiring. Did an interview with Bruno from iText right at the start of my India trip and learned that iText is expanding beyond PDF, has merged with a South Korean company, and continues to fight the good fight of open source, while championing Java and related technologies.

  9. Oracle JET. Real potential—the wild and crazy world of enterprise JavaScript is crying out for a logical structure of application architectures and out-of-the-box components and techniques. Free and open source technologies rule and, just like Kraken.js by PayPal, Oracle JET by Oracle is a sign of the growing synergy around the JavaScript ecosystem. When large enterprises start investing in an ecosystem, you better simply believe that it should be taken seriously.

  10. English-Language Movies on Indian TV. All the English-language movies on Indian TV are about disasters—i.e., Titanic, Predators, Jurassic Park (which I watched about four different times, at different stages), etc, etc. Big evil aliens or big evil water, basically.

No worries, though, learned quite a bit more than that, though the above will stick with me longest. Something else—as always, hanging out with the other speakers was brilliant and I met many new experts, while reacquainting myself with a whole bunch of others. Great times with Raju Gandhi, Heather VanCura, Scott Davis, Jeff Scott Brown, Pratik Patel, Simon Ritter, Reza Rahman, and many others.

Thanks all again, especially the organizers for taking such good care of us, for the great time and will be back when I can!

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