Tom Wheeler in Prague

Last week NetBeans guru Tom Wheeler and his wife Dawn were in Prague. A few NetBeans people hung out with them in a Czech restaurant one night. Dalibor Topic and David Herron, from the OpenJDK team, were there too—they were in Prague because of the Ubuntu fest that took place here last week.

At the end of the evening, i.e., early hours of the morning, Jarda took Tom and I on a tour of the significant places in the history of NetBeans. Being one of the founders of NetBeans, he could tell us all about it, as well as where all the early meetings and so on took place. It turned out that all the places were drinking establishments and most of them were closed. But eventually we found one (it was a very interesting pub, with taps on the table, one for each person, and a computerized scoreboard on the wall that kept a tally of how much each table had consumed, so a semi-competitive setting, in other words.)

Most pics taken were not of great quality, because it was dark, but here are a few to give an impression:

So, which NetBeans user will drop by next? We can promise a fun time.


So, we're now eager to see which new brilliant ideas will come out of this drunk\^H\^H\^H\^H\^H cultural visit of Prague ;-) Especially in the second photo Tom looks very inspired :-)

Posted by Fabrizio Giudici on May 27, 2008 at 06:11 AM PDT #

The other people who were there earlier (I'm doing this from memory so I hope I get it right) were Jiri Rechtacek, Jiri Skrivanek, Jiri Kovalsky and David Strupl. I had never gotten to meet Jiri S., Jiri K. or David before, so it was great to see them in person and thank them for all the help they've given me through the mailing lists.

Thanks to all of you for showing Dawn and I such a good time in Prague. It was a beautiful city and we look forward to coming back again one day. Until then, I welcome you to visit me so I can show you St. Louis:

Posted by Tom Wheeler on May 27, 2008 at 06:32 AM PDT #

That's a pity that I missed it. It seems like nice gathering and great trip around pubs in Prague ;)<br>
These pictures shows the spirit of old Prague. The guy with Tom on the second picture is Kafka?

Posted by Lukas on May 27, 2008 at 06:16 PM PDT #

Did Jarda show them Kofola? The taste of Communism! :)

Posted by Rich Unger on May 28, 2008 at 03:05 AM PDT #

It was certainly a fun fun fun evening... unfortunately Dalibor and I had to run so we could catch the last train since our hotels were way on the other side of Prague. We weren't able to take part in the late night Netbeans historical tour ...

Posted by David Herron on May 28, 2008 at 06:39 AM PDT #

Gee one a couple of weeks ago and ubuntu the next. Who has the travel budget! They hiring ? ;-)

Cheers guys,

Posted by Chris Palmer on May 28, 2008 at 03:40 PM PDT #

:-) Thanks for the cool comments, all. No, Rich, thankfully we didn't consume Kofola. The beer is so much better, why would we do that to ourselves. Chris, I've been told that Prague is considered the best place in the whole of Europe for organizing conferences, because of a combination of the fact that it is cheap, easy to get to, and very central. (Quality of beer probably plays into it too on a subconscious level.)

Posted by Geertjan on May 29, 2008 at 03:03 AM PDT #

Yes, I'll take a Pilsner Urquell over a Kofola any day as well. But one can never predict the drink when Jarda's around. I had him over for dinner after javaone, and we went through about 6 pots of very high-grade tea from the chinese tea shop in mountain view, as he insisted on brewing each pot with different temperature water.

Posted by Rich Unger on May 29, 2008 at 09:41 AM PDT #

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