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  • February 21, 2007

Day One of Hyderabad Sun Tech Days

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
It was a pretty amazing day today. The room where the keynote was held was able to hold 9000. (Correction: Apparently there are 4200 people registered, so the 9000 figure is probably way over the top. Still, 4200 people is a massive crowd.) And, as far as could be told, there was pretty much standing room only. I met lots of NetBeans users. My presentation, "NetBeans Extreme Programming: 7 Reasons Explaining the Success of NetBeans IDE", was pretty well received (and there were apparently around 500 in attendance, but I'll try and get the exact number), despite some glitches and the fact that I ran out of time. (Weird how glitches happen in the areas you were most confident about, while the other areas go smoothly.) I had a lot of really interesting conversations before and afterwards. Throughout the day, I took a lot of pics, here is a selection, hopefully not too small.

In the first pic, you see Roumen's first reason to dig NetBeans... the GUI Builder. Here's someone at the booth watching Roumen's Flash demo on the highlights of NetBeans IDE. (His Flash demos played throughout the day.) Behind the booth are Nilesh and Frank from the India Engineering Center (IEC) docs team, who ran the NetBeans booth, together with several other docs writers and content developers:

Throughout the day, some of the intrepid Sun guys ran a NetBeans coding competition. Here's my favorite pic of the day, of a group of entrants working through part of the competition together:

Here's another cool shot of hard working people engrossed in the NetBeans competition:

What were the rulesof the competition? You had to create some kind of web application with JPA and JSF, within 30 minutes. Here are the rules (a bit small, sorry):

Ashwin Rao at the NetBeans competition:

Me at the NetBeans competition:

Looking at some code in NetBeans IDE, during the competition:

Evaluating a submission to the NetBeans competition:

Just for participating, people who entered the competition received 'SunBucks', to be spent at a Sun store near you:

And what was the prize for the best application developed in NetBeans IDE? I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

At the end of the day, there was a local singer guy. First time I watched Indian music being performed live. (And I had a flash back to the Norwegian equivalent at JavaZone, which was a heavy metal Viking punk death suicide anarchy band, as far as I could tell.)

By the way, at some weird point, Rich Green got totally mobbed by his groupies (he's in this picture somewhere, but hard to spot):

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Comments ( 3 )
  • madhav Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    nice gathering dear.
  • Lukas Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    Nice pictures. Thanks.
  • Adi Thursday, February 22, 2007
    Hi Geertjan, I attended your session on first day evening. It was really good one, forget about the problems. Thanks for answering my questions after the session. BTW I work on eclipse plugin development technologies.
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