Solaris Day at the University of Washington
By Chris Quenelle on May 12, 2006
I gave some presentations at a recent Solaris Day at the University of Washington in Seattle, so I figured I would give a very brief trip report. I talked about the Sun Studio tools in general (slides), and I also talked about developing multi-threaded apps on Solaris (slides). The slide sets were created by someone other than me, I can't take credit for very much work here, I basically just got up and talked for a while.
We had about 40 people signed up, but only about 10 people showed up. Some were system admins, some were software developers, and some didn't raise their hands for either of those, so they consider themselves something else. For example, one guy I spoke to was responsible for performance troubleshooting on production systems.
I was disappointed that the event wasn't advertised better. It wasn't mentioned anywhere on sun.com, and we had one student show up near the end who would have attended the whole thing if he had known it was being held. We had much more food and give-away items than we needed.
Most of the discussion (as I expected) was focussed on Solaris features, rather than software development. Because I know a lot about Solaris compared to the average Sun Studio engineer, I had a good time discussing Solaris topics with the attendees and with the other presenters. dtrace, ZFS, Xen, Containers(zones) were all asked about enthusiastically at least once.
I had a very good dinner with Angelo (dtrace guy) and Frank Curran (all-around Solaris-Days guy). We discussed ideas for the developer portal and how to bring dtrace into the reach of the masses among other topics.