Yesterday was our GlassFish Community Event, at Moscone South, and the Party, at The Thirsty Bear. I think both worked very well.
The Community Event (Unconference+BOF hybrid) was first at 2:30. We didn't take attendance, but the room was set up for 165 ppl and it was standing room only. Great audience, with most folks staying til when we shut things down to get ready for the OOW keynote, a bit before 5pm.
Alexis was MC, then John gave an overview of the releases and discussed futures as well as positioning with WebLogic Server. Alexis then showed some demos, using screencasts from GlassFishVideos to save time. I showed the GlassFish 3 Community Poster and proposed a few categories to give away free posters but we decided to punt on that until today's BOF (more on this below).
Next was breakup-groups to discuss different topics. We had three main areas: GlassFish and Cloud, Adoption of JavaEE 6 and Non-Oracle Contributions to GlassFish. The first two groups were extremely active, the last one not so much, but later I got a few good discussions on that topic during the party. We ended with some demos of RedFX, built using GlassFish 3, by Johan Vos.
Overall, an excellent get-together. We could have used a bigger room for the breakouts and maybe a bit more time to pace things better, but very good. Only oops was the t-shirt riot created by my mismanaging of the t-shirts :)
After a break to attend the OOW keynote by Larry Ellison,
This evening, Monday, at 8:30 is
GlassFish Roadmap and Strategy
(BOF - S314737). Location is Moscone South, Rm 307. Adam and John will be hosting the event and will go into full detail on the Roadmap and I will bring more T-Shirts!
I also hope to also bring a few posters (printers cooperating)
to give away and to help you get ready for that, here are some of the tentative questions:
Also, if you can't attend, send me email with your "bid" (pelegri at sun dot com is still a good shorthand). If you win, I'll contact you to get you the poster.
See you this evening.
Added Other reports from the party: