Wednesday Jul 08, 2009

OpenSolaris Chat today at 9am PT/SLT at the New Sun Theatre

The Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat today with Harry Foxwell (9am PT/SLT) will be in the new Sun Theatre. The SLURL is here:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%207/135/128/22

Hope to see you there!

Christy

Friday Jun 19, 2009

Exciting New Event at the Solaris Campus in Second Life

Pro OpenSolaris Author Chat with Harry Foxwell

Thursday, July 9th
9-10am SLT/PT
(Second Life Time is the same as Pacific Time)

Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22


Book by Harry Foxwell and Christine Tran

Pro OpenSolaris was written to demonstrate that you can host your open source applications and solutions on OpenSolaris, taking advantage of its advanced features such as containers and other forms of virtualization, the ZFS file system, and DTrace. Spend an hour with author Harry Foxwell and learn more about the latest release - OpenSolaris 2009.06, and features such as Crossbow.

Harry Foxwell is a system engineer for Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., specializing in operating system support (Solaris, OpenSolaris, and Linux). He is also an adjunct professor of computer science at George Mason University, where he has taught, among other classes, operating system courses based on OpenSolaris. He has also written several book reviews for ACM’s Computing Reviews.

Tuesday Jun 09, 2009

MiRTLE: A Mixed Reality Teaching & Learning Environment

Check out this new technical report from Sun Labs:

  • This technical report describes a project to create a mixed reality teaching and learning environment using the virtual world toolkit Project Wonderland. The purpose of this document is to provide details about the background to the project, its goals and achievements. The intended audience for this document is educators, educational technologists, and others interested in the educational applications of virtual worlds.
  • Sun Labs technical reports site
  • Full report on Sun Learning eXchange

Read, learn and participate!

Christy
Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research
Sun Learning Services

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Day 2 of the JavaOne Author Chats

Day 2 of the JavaOne 2009 Author Chats was on June 4, 2009. The two awesome sessions were:

Pictures of both sessions are below and both were really great! Recordings of both sessions will be available soon. John Jainschigg, Exec. Director, Internet and Community Lab, ZiffDavisEnterprise, Inc., did a great job facilitating/interviewing the authors - thanks John!

Thanks again to the authors for their willingness to jump into Second Life to share their expertise and engage in great conversation from attendees.s

Christy 

Wednesday Jun 03, 2009

Day 1 of the JavaOne Author Chats and Day 2 Tomorrow!

JavaOne Author Chat sessions today were really great - thank you so much to the Sun Authors that participated: Darryl Gove, Eric Bruno, James Connors, Jim Clarke.

Darryl's session on The Developer's Edge was the first session this morning and was wonderful! Here are the slides from the session and the transcript.

The JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications session, with all three authors, included a video tutorial and chat - it was great! The video tutorial is here.

For both sessions, we will be posting the audio/slides/video on Sun Learning Exchange.

Please join us tomorrow, June 4th, for two more JavaOne Author Chats where the authors talk about their new books and expertise. They will then have a dialog with all of you! John Jainschigg, Exec. Director, Internet and Community Lab, ZiffDavisEnterprise, Inc., will be joining the sessions and facilitating/interviewing the authors. Join in the fun and learn directly from these expert authors!

  • June 4th at 9am PT
    Core JavaServer Faces 3/E
    by David Mark Geary and Cay Horstmann
  • June 4, 2009 at 12pm PT
    Real-Time Java Programming: with the Java RTS
    by Greg Bollella and Eric J. Bruno

Details for tomorrow's sessions are here

Thanks!

Christy
Information Services: Digital Libraries & Research
Sun Learning Services, Sun Microsystems


Author Chat: The Developer's Edgeby Darryl Gove

eBook available via Safari Books Online:  Non-Sun Employees | Sun Employees

Published: March 1, 2009


Author Chat: JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications book

by Jim Clarke, James Connors and Eric Bruno

eBook available via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees

Published: June 05, 2009


Monday Jun 01, 2009

JavaOne Author Chats - Get your t-shirt and visit the bookstore

We hope to see you at the JavaOne Author Chats in Second Life this week - June 3rd and June 4th - schedule, authors, locations, topics available here.

While you are at the Sun Main Pavillion in Second Life, be sure to visit the SMI Bookstore area and get your free JavaOne t-shirt for your avatar.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Christy (SL: Violet Portola)


Tuesday May 26, 2009

JavaOne: Chat with the authors of the latest Sun Microsystems Press books in Second Life!

Interested in the hottest Java and developer books from Sun Microsystems Press? As part of JavaOne 2009, here is your opportunity to learn about the newest books directly from the authors and have a dynamic conversation with them in the virtual world Second Life. These sessions will take place at the Sun Microsystems Main Pavillion in Second Life.

Here is the full schedule with details below:

  • June 3, 2009 at 9am PT
    The Developer's Edge
    by Darryl Gove
  • June 3, 2009 at 12pm PT
    JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications book
    by Jim Clarke, James Connors and Eric Bruno
  • June 4th at 9am PT
    Core JavaServer Faces 3/E
    by David Mark Geary and Cay Horstmann
  • June 4, 2009 at 12pm PT
    Real-Time Java Programming: with the Java RTS
    by Greg Bollella and Eric J. Bruno

Hope to see you there!

For Sun employees, please register for your Sun Second Life avatar by going to the Sun in Virtual Worlds site > Second Life > Register avatar.

For non-Sun employees, you can register for an avatar at the Second Life website and be sure to join the Sun Microsystems News Group (go to Groups and search for Sun Microsystems).

Christy (SL: Violet Portola)




Author Chat: The Developer's Edge
by Darryl Gove
eBook available via Safari Books Online:  Non-Sun Employees | Sun Employees
Published March 1, 2009

When: June 3, 2009 at 9am PT
Where: Sun Microsystems Main Pavillion in Second Life (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/177/128/71)

Summary: The Developer's Edge: Selected Blog Posts and Articles focuses on articles that are likely to be of interest to native language developers. The articles provide a broad overview on a topic, or an in-depth discussion. The texts should provide insights into new tools or new methods, or perhaps the opportunity to review a known domain in a new light.


Author Chat: Core JavaServer Faces 3/E
by David Mark Geary and Cay Horstmann
Rough Cut access via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)

When: June 4, 2009 at 9am PT
Where: Sun Microsystems Main Pavillion in Second Life (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/177/128/71)

Summary: Core JavaServer Faces is the bestselling guide to JSF. Now, the third edition has been thoroughly updated to cover the latest features and enhancements coming in JSF 2.0. In addition to covering JSF's powerful Ajax development capabilities and open source innovations, it demonstrates systematic best practices for building robust applications, minimizing handcoding, and maximizing productivity. Drawing on David Geary's experience as a member of the JSF 2.0 Expert Group, this book covers all the key changes to JSF and also provides solutions, hints, tips, and "how-tos" for writing superior JSF production code.





Author Chat: JavaFX: Developing Rich Internet Applications book
by Jim Clarke, James Connors and Eric Bruno
Rough Cut access via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)


When: June 3, 2009 at 12pm PT
Where: Sun Microsystems Main Pavillion in Second Life (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/177/128/71)

Summary: Using JavaFX, developers and graphic designers can work together to build robust, immersive applications and deploy them anywhere: on the Web, on the desktop, and on millions of Java-enabled mobile devices. Now, three of Sun’s leading JavaFX innovators present the definitive, easy-to-use introduction to this breakthrough platform.  JavaFX™ brings together all the knowledge, techniques, and reusable code you need to quickly deliver production-quality solutions. Writing for both developers and designers, the authors explain how JavaFX simplifies and improves the Rich Internet Application development process, and they show how to make the most of its ready-built components and frameworks.





Author Chat: Real-Time Java Programming: with the Java RTS
by Greg Bollella and Eric J. Bruno
Rough Cut access via Safari Books Online: Non Sun Employees | Sun Employees  (early access to the book)
Scheduled to be published in July 2009

When: June 4, 2009 at 12pm PT
Where: Sun Microsystems Main Pavillion in Second Life (SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/177/128/71)

Summary: This book, Real-time Java Programming: With the Java RTS, focuses on Java RTS APIs, and what it takes to build real-time applications in Java. It features working code examples, as well as visual diagrams that make complicated concepts clear. Part I lays the groundwork for using Java RTS. It clearly defines the concept of real-time in the computing world and discusses many of the theories of real-time application design and development. Part II dives deep into the Java RTS APIs, providing ample code samples to illustrate the inner workings and the use of Java real problems. Part III discusses five comprehensive case studies where Java RTS has been used to solve actual real-time system problems.






Friday May 01, 2009

Next Solaris Campus Event: Demystifying MySQL for Solaris Administrators

With George Trujillo (Ty Valdez) Tuesday, May 5th at 9-10am PDT


Demystifying MySQL for Solaris Administrators

George Trujillo (Ty Valdez) and Steve Jones will be presenting a Demystifying MySQL for Solaris Administrators on May 5th, 2009 in Second Life.  This presentation is a very detailed technical presentation designed for experienced Unix/Linux administrators to understand installation, configuration and management of MySQL on Solaris platforms.  MySQL best practices along with Solaris features that can leverage database management such as ZFS will be included.  Topics will include:

  • Strategies for laying out database servers on Solaris (Unix/Linux) platforms.
  • Understanding the MySQL architecture. 
  • Installing MySQL using MOCA (GOCA) for best practices.
  • Starting and stopping the MySQL database server.
  • Top ten things to configure after creating a MySQL database server.
  • Using MySQL with ZFS.
  • Managing MySQL on a Solaris platform.

Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL): http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22

George Trujillo is a DBA with expertise in MySQL - read his blog here

Friday Apr 03, 2009

Presentation in Wonderland to STEP Organization

This week was the bi-annual meeting for a learning consortium that Sun Learning Services belongs to called STEP:

STEP: Systems for Training, Evaluation, and Performance. STEP is a small consortium of executives and senior practitioners in training and performance improvement disciplines. Members generally represent medium to large corporations recognized for their excellence in employee development and performance support. The group is intentionally small in order to remain collegial, and crosses industry sectors in order to minimize concerns about what can be shared (though a founding principle of the group is that we only share non-proprietary information). 

Joe Campbell, SLS Director of Employee & Partner Learning, attended this session in person while Nicole Yankelovich, Sun Labs Wonderland Project Lead, Robin Yarmovsky, Senior Information Specialist and myself virtually presented and attended via Wonderland (Sun's open source virtual world toolkit).

Nicole gave the participants at the STEP meeting a tour of Wonderland (Wonderland was projected on a screen in the room and our in-world audio projected in the room). I then proviced an overview of Sun in Virtual Worlds from an information/learning perspective. I flipped my slides in Wonderland for the audience in the room to see. It was very interesting and a great way to hook in those in person and those remotely while showing the power of virtual worlds for connecting and learning!

Here are some pictures from the session. We had great questions and great next steps planned for our own internal learning team (Sun Learning Services - Employee Learning) for working, learning and collaborating in virtual worlds.

Stay tuned!

Christy
Digital Libraries & Research - Sun Learning Services


Tuesday Mar 24, 2009

Solaris Campus Chat - DTrace


Come listen to Sun Learning Services contractor Michael Ernest (SecondLife: Siddhu Jinx) of Inkling Research, Inc. speak about Solaris DTrace: Friday, April 3rd at 9am SLT

Michael's upcoming book The Book on DTrace will be released later this year. Michael has been teaching the Advanced Solaris System Administration, Java Programming and Performance Management classes at Sun for over fifteen years and is the resident authority on Solaris DTrace, a diagnostic tool used in the Solaris Operating System. Michael also co-authored The Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide with Simon Roberts.

Location: Sun Solaris Campus in Second Life (SLURL) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sun%20Microsystems%201/32/231/22

See you there!

Thursday Mar 19, 2009

Project Wonderland Implementations at Saint Paul College Center of Excellence

Presentation by Kevin Roebuck from Sun Microsystems and Warren Sheaffer from Saint Paul College on Project Wonderland and implementations at Saint Paul College Center of Excellence. PDF of the presentation is available on the Sun Learning eXchange.

Monday Mar 09, 2009

Learn about Project Wonderland - April 16, 2009

Want to learn all about Sun's Project Wonderland, an open source toolkit for building enterprise-grade virtual worlds? Here is your chance to participate in a conversation with Nicole Yankelovich, Principal Investigator, Collaborative Environments, Sun Microsystems Laboratories.

If you are a Sun employee, come learn about Sun's own virtual world toolkit and how you and your teams might be able to leverage this immersive space for Sun's business.

Nicole will talk with you about Project Wonderland and show you how the toolkit is being leveraged in various environments. She will also discuss the .5 release of the toolkite and the changes and exciting features!

Thursday April 16: Nicole Yankelovich, Wonderland 0.5
9.00-10.00 SLT (PT) (noon-1.00PM EDT/18.00-19.00Europe Continental)
Locaion: Train For Success - http://slurl.com/secondlife/Business%202/20/37/23

Session is held in Second Life in partnership with the Gronstedt Group’s weekly “Train for Success” Second Life sessions. These sessions bring together training and communication professionals globally to explore how leading corporations are transforming workplace performance with virtual worlds.

We hope to see you there!

Christy

Wednesday Feb 25, 2009

Is that Sun's Santa Clara Datacenter in your Browser?

A few months ago I became lead for the corporate work we do in virtual world environments. Today I've got the the first significant event happening since I got this baton and started running with it. 

We're hosting an event for our industry analysts. We're going to have 3D virtualized models of Sun's Santa Clara, California datacenter. Our industry analysts are going to be able to "see" by joining us in the virutal world or by experiencing it on the web. So in a pretty real sense, we're delivering the Santa Clara, California datacenter in a browser. Pretty cool, eh?

So while the event is technically for industry analysts, pls feel free to peek in on it, even if you don't technically qualify as an industry analyst. I won't tell. :-)

The opportunity to participate in-world is by invitation only to these industry analysts, and that has sold out. So if you want in on this game, you  need to watch and participate on the web.

Sun execs Greg Papadopoulos and Dean Nelson are featured speakers.

What are they going to talk about?

Datacenter consolidation. We've done a bunch of big announcements around this. It's all really good stuff.

But what I think is super cool about this event is that we're going to be taking advantage of the unique attributes associated w/a virtual world environment to tell this story.

We're doing things like being able to "show" the heat coming off the servers and how the innovation that the Sun Services organization is delivering to our customers manages it.

after shot of datacenter showing how we manage heat

So while your man-on-the-street might not really get what a HUGE big deal heat and energy is in the datacenter, these hot shot techno celebs running the datacenters totally get that. And this is a neat way for us to show our industry analyst community what the issues are and how innovation from Sun is addressing them for customers in a unique and compelling way.

I'm pretty pumped. I think it will be fun.

Check it out!

Then, let me know what you think!

:-)

Mary


Friday Feb 06, 2009

Pilot - Internal use of Sun's Project Wonderland

Sun's Digital Libraries & Research team, part of Sun Learning Services, is partnering on an internal pilot of Sun's Project Wonderland with Sun's Services Marketing organization.

The library team (as we call ourselves) will be conducting a workshop in this internal instance of Wonderland, for Sun employees to learn about market and competitive information services. Part of the session will be slides and part will be live demo in this engaging and dynamic virtual world setting.

Participants will also be able to learn from pre-programmed bots in this open library space as well as interact with internal library resources via the Firefox browner in-world.

A key benefit we see is that the attendees will not only have the opportunity to learn, but to interact with each other as a community drawn together by their shared interest in market and competitive information.



This is a pilot so we hope to learn a lot about how we can leverage this for employee learning of library resources, information and knowledge sharing and more dynamic/immersive experiences related to information.

Wish us luck!

Digital Libraries & Research Team!
http://twitter.com/libraryresearch

Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

Sun Labs Feature Story on Contrarian Mind Nicole Yankelovich

Check out the Sun Microsystems Laboratories Feature Story this month on Nicole Yankelovich, Principal Investigator, Collaborative Environments, and Lead for Project Wonderland.

Making Connections: Researcher Designs Better Ways of Working Together When Apart


Also, visit Sun Immersion Special Interest Group at: http://sun-isig.ning.com

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