Vendor presentations can be refreshing

I've been attending JUGS (Java User Groups) since about 1996. Early on it was developers teaching developers. In the late 1990's and early new millenium it became vendor presentation after vendor presentation. The JUG got pretty bored. Every marketecture chart looked the same. Just different colors and names. The last 4 years has been primarily open source frameworks & tools. I tell ya', I am getting pretty bored of those. Dunno why, I just am.

This week Xcalia presented at the LAJUG. It is the first vendor presentation I have seen in a long time. I have to say, it was refreshing to hear a vendor. I can't place my finger on why. Perhaps it's because I work for a vendor.

I think our local JUGs should mix it up a bit. Open source is cool, but vendors provide a lot of value as well.

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Heh. UUASC-OC is having a vendor presentation this coming Monday night -- but ours is different -- our vendor is providing everyone in attendance with FREE dinner and drinks! That rocks. And, you're invited John!

I bet the JUGS don't do that. ;-)

Posted by Rabbs on March 09, 2006 at 12:48 AM PST #

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