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  • February 7, 2006

Are you in/near Munich or London? (Part 1)

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Next week (from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th) I'll be in Munich and London. On the 13th and 14th, I'll be doing presentations at the Sun office in Kirchheim-Heimstetten, which is near Munich, and on the 16th and 17th I'll be doing the same thing in Camberley, which is near London. Neither Kirchheim-Heimstetten nor Camberley sound like massively interesting places, though I could be wrong, so I'll probably spend free time in Munich or London. So if someone reading this blog would like a quick introduction to NetBeans, or a chilled out pass-through of 5.0 features, or if you want to see how easily you can build plug-in modules or rich-client applications... or if you just want a t-shirt or a USB stick... or you just want to hang out and have a beer... please drop a line and let me know!

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Comments ( 15 )
  • Sebastian Kalita Tuesday, February 7, 2006
    I would like to invite you to visit Denmark some day :)
  • giorgio Tuesday, February 7, 2006
    Can you please provide more details about your presentation in Munich (I am not very far away from there), as I have not found anything on the German sun website.

  • Geertjan Wednesday, February 8, 2006
    Hi Sebastian. Cool, Denmark... so, what's the Java community like over there? Do you know about other NetBeans users? Maybe a NetBeans day could be organized there?

    Hi Georg, I guess you woudln't have found anything about it on the German Sun website because it is an internal Sun training for Java trainers (they're going to be using NetBeans in their trainings for the first time, so need to know what NetBeans is all about). However, if you're not far from Munich, how about meeting up somewhere? I guess you're the same Georg who asked some pretty good questions about plug-in module development sometime ago? (I think you're the one that wanted a "grammar of plug-in module development".) We could talk about such things, if you feel like it.

  • Peter Wednesday, February 8, 2006
    Hi Geertjan. I am working at Munich airport so I'm not far away from Sun's training center in Heimstetten. A lot of people on my team are using Netbeans and we already plan on upgrading to Netbeans 5.0. At the moment we are updating our documentation to do a little internal training for some of our staff who are on 4.1 or still 3.6.
    I have been using Netbeans quite a while now. We started Java development in early 2001 and started with the Community Edition of Sun's Forte but switched to Netbeans soon after.
    Late last year I was in Heimstetten on a Web development training. Doing it without any IDE was quite a pain. So I downloaded Netbeans 5.0 Beta and we started using it in the course. So one of the trainers should have some experience already ;-) Indeed he was quite impressed by the features.
    I suggested using an IDE in the trainings in the course feedback form and I really think this sould be a great improvement.
    I would be happy to meet you. Any feedback from Georg already? Perhaps we meet together with him?
  • giorgio Wednesday, February 8, 2006
    thanks for the response. Too much honour :), I cannot remember having used the term you mention above. My interest in NB plugins is driven by the requirements of my daytime job.

    interestingly enough I started with Sun Forte, too (Internet Edition). The team I work with has been using basically all versions since then (3.4?,3.5,3.5.1,4.0,4.1,5.0x).

    A meeting would be really interesting (any t-shirts left?). You can contact me directly at the email address above.

  • giorgio Wednesday, February 8, 2006
    Geertjan, it just dawned on me: I wrote that statement about the "grammar" as a comment on one of your earlier plugin tutorials where I requested more information on the concepts, design decisions etc. behind the plugin architecture.

    Actually it was your blog that raised my interest in NetBeans beyond just using the IDE for writing Java code. It gave a first glimpse that this IDE offered a lot more possibilities than I thought. In particular it got me over the 3.6 to 4.0 (ant-based) project management hurdle, which I loathed at first, but then understood that this has actually been a totally clever move...

  • Peter Wednesday, February 8, 2006
    Well I was too shy to ask for any T-shirt, but... ;-)
  • Geertjan Thursday, February 9, 2006
    Hi Peter and Giorgio, I will arrive at Munich airport on 8.20 this Sunday (the 12th). The whole day is free as far as I am concerned (I only need to be at the Sun training center on Monday and Tuesday). So, if you feel like it, we could meet sometime on Sunday, wherever you like. (And of course I will bring you both -- and anyone else who wants to join in -- t-shirts!)
  • Peter Thursday, February 9, 2006
    Hi Geertjan and Giorgio. Sunday sounds good to me. I would prefer late afternoon or evening. What about you Giorgio? Are you living outside Munich? Any ideas where we could meet? I think somewhere in Munich should be best. Heimstetten doesn't sound too good. I don't know anything there but Sun's training center. Erding (city next to where I live and home of the famous Erdinger Weißbier) would be an idea too but that's a small city compared to Munich. Any ideas?
  • giorgio Thursday, February 9, 2006
    Peter, Geertjan,
    as I am from Freising and Peter is from Erding: what about meeting at some location at the airport? (the Airbraeu in the Munich Airport Center is quite nice). Geertjan, if you are staying at a hotel near the airport this would be just around the corner.

  • Peter Friday, February 10, 2006
    Hi Geertjan and Giorgio. Meeting at the Airbraeu would be great. Is that ok for you too, Geertjan? When should we meet?
  • Geertjan Friday, February 10, 2006
    Sounds good. I will be staying at the Raeter-Park Hotel (which is in Raterstrasse 9 in Munich). I have no idea how far that is from the airport or from Heimstetten, but am hoping my taxi driver will know... :-)
  • Geertjan Friday, February 10, 2006
    In terms of time, my preference is sometime before 17.00 or so, because the colleague with whom I will be doing the presentations will arrive at 18.00.
  • Peter Friday, February 10, 2006
    Hi Geertjan. I don't know if you would like to check-in at your hotel first. I just had the idea of saving you some trips between your hotel and the airport. What about meeting shortly after you arrive?
  • Geertjan Friday, February 10, 2006
    Sure. Let's say we meet at 9.00 at the airport. I've never been there, so you're going to have to give me an easily locatable place to meet.
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