CEC Day One & Two Recap

So, CEC is actually almost over. It's been a whirlwind of sessions, meet-ups with folks, filling my head with new stuff. And, of course in the midst of all of the CEC excitement, there's still the need to keep up with what customers back home need.

So, what was exciting from days one and two? Lots!

 

  • Jon Haslam and Simon Ritter gave a great talk and demo about using DTrace along with Java. I am absolutely not a developer; never even written "Hello World" in Java. But, this really helped me understand how DTrace and Java are two great tastes that go great together. And with the newer JVMs, it really is a case of "Hey, you got your DTrace in my Java!", "No, you got your Java in my DTrace!" This all comes at a great time -- I have to do a presentation on Wednesday in Florida on exactly this topic.
  • Matt Ingenthron and Shanti gave a great talk about the various working parts and commonly used components and tools in a modern web infrastructure. Really helped me figure out how the pieces fit together.
  • Tim Cook had a great talk comparing the various file system offerings from Sun and others for OLTP workloads on large systems. He gave us some handy, simple, best practices for each and worked to bust some commonly held myths and misconceptions.
  • Tim Bray shared his perspective on what really is important about a Web 2.0 world, about how the things in that world can really matter to an enterprise. He talked about the fact that, end the end, time to market and managability are the overwhelming priorities for enterprises in selecting tools and techniques for application development and deployment. I am really inspired to go out and finally learn more about Ruby and Rails as a result.
Of course, there were more. These are just some of the highlights that come to mind quickly. As always, CEC was a great trip and well worth the effort (but I still dislike Las Vegas - a lot). And like Juan Antonio Samaranch at the Olypics, this CEC is about to be declared over, realized to be the best yet, and we will agree to meet again next year. I, for one am looking forward to it. Time to start working on a topic for my presentation!
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