Monday Nov 27, 2006

GlassFish session and BoF at FOSS.IN

We did not count. The hall had a capacity of 120 people and I could see some folks who had to make do with standing room. It looked like Linux Bangalore had truly turned into FOSS.IN . This was more apparent when contrasted with the turnout last year. There could be a couple of reasons, more audience looking at Free and Open Source Software , Sun open sourcing more software this year , GlassFish catching more eyeballs this year.

A show of hands poll suggested that about 10 to 15 people worked on Java ( or were willing to admit it ), and most of these people worked on Java EE or Tomcat. The questions that came were in the area of Annotations, resource injection in Java EE, Hibernate vs Toplink , custom Ant Tasks for administration of GlassFish and AJAX . The usual suspects one might say !

A message that I would have liked to send out (and I am not sure if I was able to do that ) was , this session is not about what GlassFish can do for you and what it has , but rather its more about here is what GlassFish has in terms features, and YOU can contribute more to make it work for YOU ! Well, I guess that could be the theme for another session.

At the end of this session we announced that we would have a BoF on GlassFish an hour later. This was the time to see the "real" interest. The number of people who turned up were around 10 , but there was focussed discussion on how we could improve our distribution i.e. torrent based downloads, some way of letting mirror sites know about milestone builds. Of course , when told that the download of a basic edition is around 60 MB, some of these concerns were put to rest ! The usual question regarding why GlassFish is yet another Application Server from Sun when we already have Sun Java System Application Server came up ? I think we need to have a "branding" poster wherever we go to clear this one up :-)

Photos for these event ( no not from the session ) are here .

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