The Solaris talk in Tianjin University

Thursday night, a Solaris talk was given in Tianjin University for the OpenSolaris programming contest. The event was hold in the Tianjin University students' activity center, about fifth students showed up. John Rice and I presented the Solaris features to them.

As I traveled to Tianjin a lot, I had some great memory in Tianjin University. It's pretty exciting to be there again. Tianjin University is beautiful during the sunset. It's comfortable to walk along the lake with the breeze passing by. Some people were even fishing there.

It only takes 70min for the D-class train from Beijing to Tianjin. John and I arrived at the center at about 6:30pm. And the talk began at 7:00pm. Jason gave the introduction of the Sun's culture and technologies first. The students are familiar with Java, but not Solaris. All of them uses Windows, a few of them are with Linux. Most of them know about Firefox.

Since Java is well-known among the students, John demoed the usage of the Netbeans. Although I don't program with Java so much, I can see that the IDE is really convenient and easy-to-use for the Java developers. Then I introduced the Solaris features in Chinese, including JDS/DTrace/Virtualization/ZFS/Developer Tools, and also talked about the OpenSolaris community. DTrace/ZFS will be bundled in Mac OS 10.5(leopard). During the demo session, SunStudio 12 was the focus to help students to join the programming contest. This IDE has beautiful GUI interface. It integrates some tools such as the parallel computing, memory leak checking and profiling. All of them are easy to configure and use. I made several demos about these features. John used DTrace to trace the resource usage of "gnome-system-monitor", which is really a nice demo.

After the demo, we had a talk with a guy from Baidu. He was interested in Solaris and DTrace/ZFS matches his requirement for the server system. We exchanged the contact information. It's great to have this kind of conversation and hope to have further discussion later.

Goubuli is one famous food in Tianin. John and I went to the head restaurant together and had a lunch there. It's yummy! There will be some pictures from John about the Baozi:-)

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