India is amazing!

It's the end of day 1 of Tech Days in Hyderabad. What a great crowd! The locals were apologizing that "only" 6000 developers were there: the conference center is only big enough to accommodate 6000 attendees, and it's the largest conference center in India. The place is just jammed. There are about 800,000 professional Java developers in India, and we just don't have room for them all. Yesterday morning I did some tourist exploring and ran into a bunch of them at a local temple: took a pile of photos and had some nice conversations. The really hard problem for me with conferences like this is that it would be lovely to shake hands and talk to everyone. But there aren't enough hours in a day. It's nice to have a break from the incessant pessimism of the global economic meltdown.
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It's been great listening to your speech !! Day1 was good.

Posted by Dilip on February 18, 2009 at 03:03 AM PST #

Dear Mr. James Gosling,
Would you manage to do us the great honor of visiting Sri Lanka during your visit? It would be a historical event! Given about 5 days notice, I would be able to arrange everything for it. May I also add that Java was not something someone introduced to me. It was something I browsed through bookshops and figured would have a great future back in 1990's. It keeps surprising me and proving I was right - Lately with JavaFX and again with its next release supporting mobile devices!

Posted by Ravindranath Akila on February 18, 2009 at 08:56 PM PST #

We are looking for your visiting to our university?
KFUPM University, Saudi Arabia.

Regards
Ahmed

Posted by Ahmed Al-Hashimi on February 19, 2009 at 12:42 AM PST #

I am one of the developers who ran into you at the temple. It was nice meeting you and hearing your address at Tech Days 09. It was a great coincidence and a really wonderful moment in our lives, meeting someone we consider our Guru at the temple. The entire bunch is very excited and is going back with a lot of enthusiasm.

http://classofjava.blogspot.com/2009/02/it-was-dream-come-true.html

Posted by Sreejit Purushothaman on February 19, 2009 at 02:48 AM PST #

Gah, I stay away from your blog for a couple of weeks and miss the opportunity to meet you in person. What a shame on me... :)

I think I'll just have to wait till I get to the US by end of 2010 to meet up with you.

Till then, have a great week in India.

Posted by Mayuresh Kathe on February 19, 2009 at 03:03 PM PST #

Oh....
How sad, I really wanted to see you and take a bunch of pics to show off to my other class geeks but couldn't find you after your keynote on day one and even on day 2 after the felicitation.
I was there all three days, and Sun Tech Days was awesome.

Posted by Bharatwaj Appasamy... on February 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM PST #

sir, my friend had the opportunity to meet you in person in sun tech days held at hyderabad, a great java carnival.I missed those wonderful momnets and will have to wait for another year to catch you up again.

Posted by manojkumar baranidharan on February 22, 2009 at 12:09 PM PST #

I have taken some pictures of you during this event.
You can view them at
http://picasaweb.google.co.in/madhu.kr/SunTechDays2009

Posted by Madhu K R on February 22, 2009 at 09:22 PM PST #

Thanks for india visit....

Posted by MAYUR on February 23, 2009 at 01:55 PM PST #

i was one of the developers who met u sir......
i still cant belive that i met GOD......
we call u GURUJI (TEACHER) at our office.....
i was not able to belive that i shaked hand with u...
it was an honour to meet u.....
i was the one who first ran in and have a chat with u
and i was astonished by observing that such a great person can b so humble in nature......
u r more than an inspiration for us....
thanks to for everything.......
thanks for JAVA......

Posted by bhavesh ratanpal on February 23, 2009 at 06:22 PM PST #

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