Monday Feb 28, 2011

Changes to Java and Oracle Solaris Certifications

Click here (Select the Country, if required) and get full details on some important changes to Java and Oracle Solaris Certifications.

Tuesday Mar 30, 2010

Tech Days 2010 - Concluding Day

The concluding day (Day 02) of this years edition of Tech Days had two keynotes: one by Georges Saab, Vice President, Fusion Middleware, Oracle who spoke at length about several components and then Nandini Ramini took stage to take us through the evolution of Java Technology, ending it with some exciting demonstrations on JavaFX. By the way, if you want to subscribe for access to four good expert-led presentations on JavaFX, click right here.





Like every year, this year also we had a fifteen minute session (~) on 'Strange & Unusual Talent' (earlier known as 'Java Jacket Giveaway') for which nine delegates got on to the stage to display their talent and win back a really cool Java Leather Jacket. This time around a Flautist and a 'dancer' managed to win the support of thousands of Tech Days delegates (winner is decided based on the intensity of applause by the audience) to carry away a Java leather jacket each.


I'm certain, thousands of Tech Days 2010 delegates had great two days of learning and of course some fun.


Wednesday Mar 24, 2010

Tech Days 2010 - Day 01

"Change is the only changeless thing in this Universe." Though the venue of Sun Tech Days remained unchanged over the last four years in India, one big change in this years edition is evident on a glance at the delegate badge. Well, if you didn't understand what I said, have a look at my badge:


As you walk into the HICC convention center at Hyderabad, where the Tech Days 2010 is hosted, you will greeted by folks sitting in different stalls including a Technology Book stall that offers a 25 % discount on all books, a stall for Education where enquiries around Training & Certification are handled and also a stall dedicated for StarOffice/OpenOffice.Org. If it's too hard for to visualize, the following pictures might just help.

On a stage that reflected only bright red colour from one end to the other, Ravichandra Kulur displayed his extraordinary skill in playing the Flute quite effortlessly. It was mind blowing.



It was followed by a demonstration around a new feature in VirtualBox called teleporting and then about a really cool drawing tool developed using JavaFX.



Krishan Dhawan, Managing Director of Oracle India addressed the crowd after this.



As James Gosling walked on to the stage, thousands of Tech Days Delegates gathered in there gave him a very warm reception. He covered quite a few things in his keynote, starting with the staggering statistics about 10 billion-ish Java Enabled Devices, a number more than the human population on earth(!), jdk 7, Java EE 6, Glassfish v3, Netbeans 6.8, Java Card 3, JavaFX.



Among several interesting things that James Gosling spoke on day 01 of Tech Days 2010 at Hyderabad, a few things that stand out in his keynote is his reference to Java being used in all Universities across the globe as part of undergraduate courses and how students could just "Learn (it) Once and Work Anywhere," his mentioning of blogs by Mark Reinholds and John Rose to pick up new knowledge on Java technology, his excitement about the auto deployment feature of Glassfish v3 that enables a developer to modify his/her code on the fly without wasting any time and finally about his thoughts on multi-threaded programming and its significance a few years into the future (say 2030), where one might see processors that may have more than 5000 cores(!!!), courtesy Moore's law.

What interested me personally was the software that James was using to run through his presentation. Though he was using an Apple laptop, I was sure he was neither using a keynote or an OpenOffice.Org. He revealed to us at one point of time during his presentation that he was using an application that he developed using JavaFX to run through his slides!!! That was kind of cool. I am inspired and I am going to spend some time reading and developing on JavaFX. I encourage all of you to do so, coz it is damn cool.

Several break out sessions (a.k.a tracks) on different technologies occurred at different locations within the venue and it all appeared to be well-received by the delegates. And after all that, we had some entertainment session in the late evening, something that's unchanged on the Tech Days agenda for several years now.

A good day 01 at Tech Days 2010 .

Saturday Jan 31, 2009

Four More Folks in the IDM 345 Club

Today I concluded a small batch on IDM 345 here in Bangalore. Published below is the batch photograph:



To know more details on Sun Java System Identity Manager, click here. In case, if you are looking for details on Identity Manager Certification, this is the place to go.

Thursday Jan 22, 2009

Sun Fire Midrange Server Training at Hyderabad

This evening I'm leaving a city where the father of Java would enlighten thousands of Java aficionados a couple of days forward to the Valentine's day this year in a grand event that's expected to bring a record number of developers under one roof. Well I'm no James Gosling to address an audience of thousands, but came to Hyderabad to teach half a dozen folks some lessons on Sun Fire Midrange Server . The course concludes today and I'm off to Bangalore, hoping to hit Hyderabad soon to find myself seated among a huge audience ,listening to James Gosling and several other distinguished speakers. My dear reader, while you make up your mind to plan and attend this years Sun Tech Days in India, I'll leave you with the batch photograph of this weeks batch at Hyderabad, concluding today.



And yeah, if you decide to take up the rare opportunity to see James Gosling and other visionaries of Sun share their thoughts, live, register for Sun Tech Days 2009 right here.

Sunday Dec 07, 2008

Sun IDM Training No. ... Don't Know!

It has been frequent, it has been popular and it has been well received as one of the best offerings from SLS - the course on Sun Java System Identity Manager. Ask me for a count and I'd disappoint you because I've lost track of it, for IDM 345 happened aplenty in this part of the world. All the same, let me put up the batch photograph of last weeks IDM class in here:



Through a teach back session, in a matter of an hour, I got to hear from them, all that they learned in five days time. Their performance was captured and that's what you see below:


I'm certain, some day or the other, there'll be a part 2 for this story.

Saturday Nov 15, 2008

Sun Portal Server Training at Chennai

I just got back to Bangalore last night, after concluding a training session on Sun Java System Portal Server at Chennai. Though we do have a standard five day course on Sun Portal Server, based on an old version, the customer had an urgent need to gear up their skill sets on newer version of the product, prompting us to customize our standard program by introducing an approximate two day content on Portal Server 7.2, the most recent Sun Portal Server version, developed based on OpenPortal project.

For me, it was engaging to first discuss the fundamentals of Portal Server using the standard course materials and then use a handout, prepared locally, to discuss the installation and configuration of Portal Server 7.2 on Glassfish v2, introduce the audience to the OpenPortlet Portlet Container project as well as the PortletPack used as plugins in Nebeans 6.1 IDE and finally concluding the discussion by installing WebSynergy Milestone 3 the next generation Portal Server from Sun, released on 31st October 2008. I sincerely hope that the discussions help all folks in picture below to go out and execute their project with minimal roadblocks.



Preparing the hand out for this session was tiring, time consuming, but was enriching. I express my heart-felt gratitude to all the bloggers on Portal technology, whose blog posts came in very handy for me in completing the process just in time. I know there must be someone out there who would be wanting to get a text book installation of Portal Server 7.2 done on Glassfish and might be wandering around the world of Internet trying to fetch detailed note on the installation procedure. For all of such souls, I have uploaded an extract from my handout that details on the installation and configuration procedure of Portal 7.2 on Glassfish. If interested, download it from here.

Sunday Sep 28, 2008

Access Manager Training @ Hyderabad

With only another couple of days more in FY09Q1, it's safe to assume that I would have on my record an Access Manager session as the last one this quarter. It happened at Hyderabad and the folks who came in for it are in the picture below.



I would hope that very soon all of 'em would subscribe for the free OpenSSO training available at OpenSSO website, which no doubt would compliment the ILT on AM 3480 course they attended, especially to gain insights on topics like Session Failover and protecting J2EE Applications(Module 3 and Module 5 respectively in OpenSSO Training).

Before I take leave, let me also publish below their teach back sessions. I must say, they did a fantastic job in reviewing the whole course all over again on the final day.



Wishing you all a grand week ahead

Thursday Aug 28, 2008

Without Java, You Can't Get to All Parts of Internet

It's the UK Watchdog who says what's on my title, resulting in an ad ban of the iPhone in UK. What has iPhone got to do with Java? Well, nothing. That's precisely why Apple's claim of "You never know which part of the internet you'll need ... which is why all the parts of the internet are on the iPhone," in an advertisement was found to be misleading, for Java, that powers quite a number of websites, is missing in iPhone! Want to hear more about it from press? Read this

Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

Sun Announces OpenSSO Express Support


Click on the image here and you would be taken to a page full of information on world's largest open source, identity management project. A derivative of this project is Sun Java System Access Manager,a core identity infrastructure product offered by Sun Microsystems.

Today marks a significant day for the OpenSSO community as Sun announces comprehensive, enterprise-class support and indemnification for OpenSSO. More details about the same here.

If you are one of those folks, who keep track of the press coverages (just like me), you may want to read the press release of the announcement here.
So what are you waiting for, click on the button here, download OpenSSO, share it, get started and then learn more about it from the OpenSSO Resource Center.

If you are looking for a store full of OpenSSO goodies, this is the place to go.

Oh yeah, before I forget: we do have a Sun Learning Services course on Sun Access Manager, course coded AM 3480, details of which are published here. Enjoy this 'seamless access.'

Sun Java System Communication Suite 6 Released

Referring to the title of this blog, you may download this new release of Communication Suite from here. What more, you could even do a 'test drive.' For more details on that, visit this blog.

Sunday Jun 22, 2008

It's Raining IDM 4485

As I write this note, I can hear the rain drops falling on the roof next door. It just finished raining in this part of the world where I live. It is also raining IDM 4485. Last week one batch concluded and another one starts tomorrow. Here is the photograph of the batch concluded last week:



Ask 'em, it isn't easy to survive IDM 4485 training. Deployment experience is a must.

Monday Jun 09, 2008

Sun Java System Identity Manager 8.0 Released

The much talked about version of the Sun's Provisioning tool is released. To download Sun Java System Identity Manager 8.0, click here. Should you feel interested in accessing a complete set of documentation on IDM 8.0, you may want to visit this web location. Enjoy the new IDM experience.

Sunday Jun 01, 2008

IDM 345 is Not JAT

Exactly two days back, yet another IDM 345 training concluded here in Bangalore. Below this note, you would see my training participants. After sweating it out for five days, just about everyone in the group expressed to me that what they went through in five days were some real intriguing sessions on Sun Java System Identity Manager, quite unlike many other training programs that they previously attended. Of course, that's largely attributed to the very nature of this course, containing some exhaustive lab materials, requiring every attendee to focus hard for five continuous days, which may turn out to be taxing . Afterall, it's the first of two parts of a popular bootcamp program that existed on Sun's provisioning tool two years back or so. Know that the sequel to this course "Sun Java System Identity Manager: Deployment Fundamentals II" coded IDM 4485 is even tougher. For all the prospective IDM 345 candidates, please note that IDM 345 or its 'brother' IDM 4485 is not Just Another Training, but a marathon that's real energy sapping. But hey, it's worth it!



Saturday May 03, 2008

The 500,000th Sun Certified Professional is in India

January 30 2001, on a rather hot day, I walked out of a prometric center in Kochi, India, trying to digest a triumph that I had dreamt of for a reasonable period of time. My heart had pumped fast, when the score-sheet slowly rolled its way through the printer, exposing to me, for the first time, the taste of success in a vendor certification exam. It required a rather good effort from my friend to calm me down from a state of ecstasy that I was in on that day; I was still in college then. In retrospection, I'm convinced that what happened on 30th Jan 2001 was one defining moment in my career that finally ushered me to my dream company. I'm lucky!

Now if you want to hear the story of a more lucky SCP , you might want to get in touch with Ms Swathi Reddy Potu, employee of Cognizant Technology Solutions, Chennai, who turned out to be the most wanted for being the 500, 000th Sun Certified Professional, receiving special recognitions for being so. It happened at a NIIT Test Center in Chennai. The 'small gift' that this candidate would receive from Sun includes:

[\*] A Conference Pass to the 2008 JavaOne conference, which is held from May 6 to May 9, 2008.
[\*] A pass to Java University, which is held on May 5, 2008.
[\*] $1000 US prize money.
[\*] Return Airfare.

So one more milestone is hit and none would get another chance to be the 500,000th SCP. But one thing I assure you, every time you succeed in a certification test, there is some element of fortune, big or small, awaiting you somewhere in this planet. So don't hesitate; just go for it.

Let me leave you with an interesting video (~20 minutes) of an interview with the first java programmer, and hear him underscore the importance of Java certification. Look who makes a guest appearance in this video. Enjoy!



Saturday Nov 17, 2007

A Flying Visit

Alright; it's high time that I show up to tell you what I've been upto. I have enough work (I swear); and I am lazy. Together, these two factors kept me away from blogging. That's no excuse, but I couldn't resist the temptation to mention it here.

I was at Delhi last week, going through a training on Sun Java System Directory Server. It was a rather small batch. As a matter of fact, some of the folks who were nominated for this training pulled out at the last moment because of some urgent project requirements. So I ended up handling one of those small batches. You could see my DIR2337D friends below:



I must publicly apologize to one of the folks in the picture above for not being able to raise the standards of my training delivery to his expectations, as indicated by the Education Post Event Survey form. I would find out from him what went wrong this time and would certainly take corrective measures to improve upon my delivery skills. But otherwise, things went rather smoothly.

I had also taken up a T3 (Train The Trainer) program for our partner Instructors on Solaris Courses(SA 210 S10 & SA 230 S10) during the period 29/Oct/2007 - 02/Oct/2007. Wouldn't it be unfair if I don't post their snap here. So here it is:



Right then, this was a whistle-stop for me. I hope to be back soon, in a much better state of mind, and post something useful..

Tuesday Nov 13, 2007

Evolution of Sun Java System Access Manager

Having taken so many classes in India for Sun Java System Access Manager, I also share similar sentiments with my good friend David, on hearing the news about Access Manager's entry into Gartner's Leaders Quadrant. You may want to quickly glace through this article.

Friday Oct 05, 2007

Flashback

Last week, around this time, I was in a flight from Delhi to Bangalore after concludig a training program on Sun Java System Access manager. Before I flew from Delhi, I had promised my good friends that I would publish the batch photograph on my blogs. I prefer to do it late, than not doing it at all.



Monday May 21, 2007

One More Java Article by Anand Parthasarathy

The Hindu Business Line has one more article on Java, authored by Anand Parthasarathy. You may read it here.
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