NetBeans Day, Community One, Java University, Java One...
By Roman Strobl on V 06, 2008
Greetings from San Francisco! I've been in California for more than a week now, some of my colleagues laughed at me because I managed to get a sun burn here (pun intended ;) I've spent a week south of San Francisco in the bay as well as visited Santa Cruz to join the OpenSolaris summit. I finally got all of the applications I need installed on OpenSolaris and switch to OpenSolaris for my work completely and I also do presentations from OpenSolaris now. I got rid of Windows completely from my laptop, so I share a multi-boot with OpenSolaris and Ubuntu now, it feels good to get rid of all the Microsoft c... I mean software. I'll write a follow up blog entry which will explain how to get the projector to work with Nvidia cards really reliably - it works like charm for me now, but you need to have the right xorg.conf file.
Today was the BIG day - another NetBeans day here in San Francisco. It was a bit smaller than last year because there were many other events going on in parallel. We had a celebrity appearance from Jonathan Schwartz, our dearest CEO. Also the demos looked pretty cool, I especially enjoyed Brian Leonard's demo of the Jasper Reports plug-in (which is currently the number one plug-in on the plug-in portal). I myself demoed the new PHP support which is shaping up nicely - preview is available from netbeans.org. I also wrote recently an article about NetBeans 6.1 so go check it out if you want to know what's new in NetBeans 6.1. We had lots of content, so I hope attendees enjoyed the day!
I am getting sleep deprived - way too much stuff going on right now and it's amazing how many familiar faces I meet all the time in the Moscone center. So many JUG leaders, Java Champions, Sun colleagues, friends and other known people are here - Java One is a good place to meet many people from the community (even though I prefer community-driven conferences as an attendee).
We also did an event in Second Life today which was very unusual - people could IM their NetBeans-related questions and I would answer them using an audio feed, without getting audio feedback from the audience. Quite a bizzare way of presenting but also quite fun. In the evening me, Gregg and David did a 3-hour presentation about NetBeans at Java University. The A-V guys told us we've been the most entertaining instructors during the day. I feel very proud to be a part of our evangelism team, we're having way too much fun (and we work hard: we helped to grow the NetBeans community by 900% in size in last 3.5 years - what a progress!).
Anyway time to go to sleep... tune in to tomorrow's keynotes from Java One, they should be broadcasted online, to get some feel for the Java vibe from Java One. Good night.