The First Day of the Induction Program (Bangalore)

I somehow managed to get out from my warm quilt after cajoling myself for a long time in the typical, chilly Bangalore morning and get ready for the first day of the Induction program. We had breakfast consisting of Dosas and hot tea (which was a big relief!!!) and left for MSRIT which was the venue for the program.
Here we were warmly welcomed by the Sun team consisting of Ganesh, Vijaya, Rajesh, CA coordinators and tech leads, given our offer letters and asked to introduce ourselves to everyone.
Then, began our formal initiation into Open source Technologies by an enthusiastic (read hyper-energetic) Abhishek who went on talking for ages but none of us could do anything but listen to him with rapt attention. He talked about the “Age of Participation” and how we have graduated from the “Age of Information” where information was broadcasted not shared or discussed. Apart from this, his main emphasis was of course Open Source technologies like Solaris, Netbeans, Java, Glassfish and many others. So much so that Ganesh had to interrupt him mid-way as he went going blah-blah with no stopping him( No offense Abhishek!! :P ).After his talk, Anil took stage and he gave us a talk on Open Solaris in detail, telling us about its salient features like Dynamic Tracing Toolkit, Zeta byte file system ( which he called the Nexgen File system) and various other cool things.
Then we had a Netbeans session by Angad Singh who is a tech lead for us (whom I also consider my mentor in the Sun team :D). He began the presentation by a really cheesy one liner which said “Netbeans is not same as coffee-beans!!!” and then took us on a ride exploring Netbeans and also demonstrated a piece of code using the same. It was pretty intriguing and it definitely caught my interest.
Next, we had another session on Solaris 10 also called as Indiana by Vijay Upreti, who also happens to be the person who had taken my interview during the CA selection. He talked about the enhanced features of the latest version of Solaris out now in the market. He showed us the same presentation which he usually gives to customers, so we felt quite privileged and honoured at the very thought of it.
The icing of the cake was the arrival of Gary, who suddenly came into the auditorium and addressed us for a couple of minutes. We all immediately fell in love with his friendly, funny and captivating personality.
Tirthankar (who insists on being called the “Photographer guy” :D) took the picture perfect snap which was just the right ending to an amazing, enlightening and enriching day…..
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