By searchguy on Apr 20, 2005
I've been away for a while. This was due to a combination of professional and personal things.
On the professional side, my group's been working on a demo for the Sun Labs Open House, which is taking place at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View April 26-27th. The annual Open House is a chance for us to show what we've been working on to the rest of the Sun community. For the past couple of years, we've also had a public day where some of the projects are highlighted to a wider, non-Sun audience.
This year we'll be demoing the recent work we've been doing adding automatic document classification capabilities to our search engine. I'll also be giving a talk on the day for Sun employees about some stuff that we're working on that's still at the very early stages.
This will be my fifth (I think) labs Open House. I've done a few JavaOnes and SunNetworks as well. All of the previous times our demo has revolved around the advanced search capabilities that our engine and its previous incarnations provide. This will be the first demo of a non-query technology.
There's kind of an art to building a demo that several hundred people are going to look at over the course of a few days. You need to be able to give a 30 second high-level overview of the technology to someone who's just looking, but you also need to be ready to spend 5 or 10 minutes with someone who's really interested. This kind of demo situation can be quite grueling, but fortunately there will be two of us there to handle the load.
Last year, the Open House was in July, but it turns out that it's a good thing that we're having the Open House at the end of April, since the personal reason that I've been posting less is that I'll be a Dad sometime around the end of June.