Sun Tech Days, Day 1, Manila, 2008

It was a funny day where many things happened, i.e., day 1 of Sun Tech Days 2008 in Manila, Philippines. Most of the day I was at the NetBeans booth in this sumptious hotel where we're all staying and where the conference is being held. The cool thing about that was that I was able to prepare my presentation for 17.30 this afternoon, named "Using NetBeans for Your Existing Projects", while sitting at the booth. (I also did quite a bit of work for Javalobby while there.) The problem statement is that it's easy for NetBeans enthusiasts to say "just download NetBeans and start it up, then you'll be able to use it right away". However, in the real world, you have existing projects, rather than new ones. How can you bring those existing projects into NetBeans (or use them from within NetBeans)? That's what my presentation was about and here it is:


About 500 attended (the photo would have been almost the same as yesterday's, so I didn't make one) and I gave away several of Ruth's "100 NetBeans IDE Tips & Tricks" books (which were in great demand), as well as some t-shirts, to those who answered my obscure questions correctly. Two t-shirts were given away to people who got the anagram in the Anagram Game correct (one of the answers was "unabstentious", which is a bizarre word in every sense). I showed how the NetBeans Ant-based project system works, how to work with JUnit sources in Eclipse and NetBeans, via the Eclipse importer, how to work with Spring (or any web application) in Eclipse and NetBeans, how to import an application (JEdit) that already has a build.xml file, as well as how to work with a Maven project in Eclipse and NetBeans. The argument wasn't so much that "you should move from Eclipse to NetBeans", but "both Eclipse and NetBeans are great tools, and this is how you can benefit from the best of both of them".

Wen Huang, from the Sun marketing area, was also at the booth. He told Tim and I about the fact that Eclipse's latest release comes with "breadcrumbs" for opened documents. That I remembered seeing (and liking) in IntelliJ:

Tim immediately set about creating the same functionality for NetBeans IDE. His version consists of JLabels, but I've been playing with JCheckBoxes instead:

And here's the two of us in a mock pose, i.e., the pose that one typically finds in brochures that include computers:

We met lots of nice people, some of whom wanted to be in a photo with us or get our autographs, which was always fun:

I talked to Chuk Munn Lee for the first time in forever. He's one of my favorite Sun speakers. I attended part of his Groovy/Grails session (the only session other than my own that I attended today). He said he knew about the new NetBeans support for Groovy/Grails but that he hasn't had the time to play with it yet. I'm hoping that his next Groovy/Grails session will include NetBeans tooling. By the way, Chuk doesn't think that Holland has much of a chance in the Eurocup. Seems like he thinks the first two MASSIVE victories were flukes or something. He does fancy Portugal, though. His prediction is Portugal-Holland in the final, after I spent some minutes persuading him of Holland's newly found brilliance. I mean, come on, 3-0 against Italy followed by 4-1 against France. How can you argue about that?

The evening ended with Tim and me at the hotel bar, listening to a skimpily dressed trio of girls (backed by three guys on drums and guitar) singing selected items from the genre that includes "smooth operator" and "as soon as forever is through, I'll be over you". I made a picture but it ended up looking a bit dubious so I decided not to post it here. :-)


dude, you need a shave.

Posted by g on June 18, 2008 at 05:32 AM PDT #

Tell Chuk, that Holland will not make the same mistake, we made during last World Championships. If we make it to the final, Portugal will not have a chance :-)

Posted by Benny Vaessen on June 18, 2008 at 07:04 PM PDT #

Yes! It was great! There were so many people who attended and everything about the event is awesome. I was one of the attendees and I am really impressed by the new and exciting stuff that they showed us. All the speakers were great and there were a lot of interaction between the speakers and the audience,they even took time to talk to us at the booths and answer whatever questions we had.

Also there were a lot of FREEBIES! Everybody likes free stuff. Haha. I'm definitely going to attend the next Sun Techdays here in Manila.

Thanks to you guys!

Posted by ben-hur monton on June 19, 2008 at 09:01 AM PDT #

guys, Portugal's out.. those fiesty Germans played a really strong game last night!

Posted by Dave Booth on June 19, 2008 at 11:04 PM PDT #

Kirill Grouchnikov has a breadcrumb widget available, or at least he's got one that he's used. He's got an svg viewer that uses it. It might be in his laf-widgets project, I'm not sure.

Posted by Tom Corbin on June 20, 2008 at 05:04 AM PDT #

Thanks you guys, hope to see you soon here in the Philippines. and thanks for signing my RCP book.

Posted by Allen on July 06, 2008 at 10:26 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

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