Thursday Jan 28, 2010

Change is the only constant thing...

Like many other aspiring engineers Sun was my dream job when I was in college. I got into Sun through campus interviews and have lived this dream for almost 8.5 years now. Not many people get their dreams fulfilled so early in their career and I must say I am very lucky to have found the right place right at the beginning.


Change is the only constant thing in life and I will always cherish my experience at Sun for the longest time.

Looking forward to be a part of Oracle.

you can follow me on my personal blog, http://mayureshnirhali.blogspot.com

Monday Mar 02, 2009

Sun Tech days, Hyderabad 2009

Sun Tech Days Hyderabad, the biggest Sun developer conference in India took place in the Hyderabad International Convention Centre from 18th to 20th February. The event saw over 4500 people during these 3 days, which is the largest audience for any Sun tech days event globally. This year, the percentage of students attending the conference were a bit higher than what we have seen in the past. But, that also meant there was more energy, zest at the event and of course the fight for goodies at the pavilion was much bigger.


The event had sessions running in 6 parallel tracks and like in the past, there was a separate track for OpenSolaris. The highlights of the OpenSolaris track are,

1. Over 1700 people attended sessions in this track with an average attendence of 300 per session.
2. Extended Q&A sessions testified the quality of audience that included corporate delegates, system administrators and ofcourse students.
3. The local team in India presented all the sessions and program managed the track. The team in India was supported by Vijay Tatkar from the global OpenSolaris team and ofcourse Sanjay who also did the OpenSolaris keynote.
4. The Sun Campus ambassadors generated a lot of interest in the audience with their Sun Spot and OHAC project presentations,  another noticable highlight of the track.
5. At the installfest, sun team did a fantastic job of getting OpenSolaris up and running on over 90 laptops. This includes over 25 bare metal installations and the rest using VBox.
6. At the OpenSolaris stall in the pavilion, OpenSolaris, xVM, Crossbow, Amberroad, Dtrace and ZFS were demonstrated. The Sun CAs also had their other projects on display.

I presented 'Porting Open Source Software to OpenSolaris'. The session was attended by around 200 people. I was also managing the OpenSolaris track, which personally was a very enjoyable experience.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

Seven @ Sun

I complete seven years at Sun today. This has been a fantastic journey so far and am looking forward to more in coming years.



Looking back upon the last year, one significant thing that I feel very satisfied about is the list of open source projects/initiatives that I contributed to. Although the list of projects is not very long, it is definitely longer than the previous year. I spent most of my time working on PostgreSQL on OpenSolaris. This includes playing with the African elephant (see the pic), integrating Pg Perl drivers into OpenSolaris, tuning/optimizing Pg on Solaris and presenting at conferences and customer events. I also got a chance to work with MySQL on Solaris to a limited extent and I see more of that coming this year. Apart from databases, I got involved in the effort to port some FOSS to OpenSolaris and that will be completed very soon.


The other thing that I enjoyed the most last year is being at developer conferences. Meeting with developers/corporates at Sun tech days in china and India is totally different from being at FOSS.IN, Bangalore; and the experience of PGCon, Canada was beyond any of them. Attending such conferences has widened my exposure immensely and my feel for the way sun's technologies are perceived has improved with such interactions.


Apart from conferences, I got a chance to get involved with students and teachers community in India through Code For Freedom contest and the Sun Guru initiative. I felt a very strong need to drive students to Open source projects after my visit to IIT Kanpur 2 years back (see my blog) and today it makes me feel good that many universities and even other corporates are taking that seriously. I believe Sun is doing a great job here and feel great about my involvement in it.
..and there is always fun @ Sun.


Hmm, another highlight of last year is that I won the first prize in acting in both the local (marathi) play competitions that I participated for my group yuva.
Coming year, I think I need to blog more than what I have been doing so far. So, Lets see how it goes!

Monday Nov 26, 2007

OSDB at Sun Tech Days, 2007, Shanghai and Beijing


OpenSource Database technologies such as Java DB and PostgreSQL got a lot of attention at Sun tech days in China. This blog is enough evidence of the busy times we had at the database booth at Shanghai tech days. The story was the same at Beijing with even more people visiting our booth.

China is very impressive! They have a strong and matured developer community. We do not get to see them, work with them in the communities much, may be because of the language barrier there is, but I was actually amazed by the kind of knowledge and expertise they have. It will be really nice to see more of them in the communities.

During the course of both the tech days, I interacted with a lot of people, mostly developers, marketing folks and students. I was doing a dual role at Shanghai evangelizing Java DB and PostgreSQL, as we had only one booth for both the technologies. At Beijing, we managed to have separate booths and I was mainly doing Java DB. Manyi's talk at Shanghai tech days was a great success for the kind of
response we got and the amount of interest that was shown in Java DB by the audience.

It was very overwhelming to see that the developers were keen to understand how they can use Java DB in the multi tier system. This was a very frequent question that we faced including few very focused discussions around how Java DB could be used in the middle tier for their specific design. I genuinely felt a need for more focused talk on 'Java DB in multi-tier architecture'.

Another frequent question that is worth a mention here is weather it is possible to use Java DB in consumer and mobile devices. The fact that there is more demand in china/japan for sophisticated gadgets, this was not so surprising. It was really useful to talk to many developers and understand their applications. In a lot of their applications like test automation systems, in-house group blogs and other web based utilities, I could help them understand how Java DB could be useful. Given the amount of good work we are doing at the Apache derby community, it was satisfying to see that people will benefit from its rich feature set.

The trip was a great experience and having Manyi Lu and Wei-chen Lu (who can speak chinese fluently) was a great help for me to be able to interact with people only speaking  Chinese.

Manyi also shared her tech days experience, that is available here.

Tuesday Feb 27, 2007

JavaDB at Sun Tech Days 2007, Hyderabad


The Sun Tech Days 2007, Hyderabad saw around 10000 people this year and was probably the biggest event in its history so far. The event featured many Sun technologies over the span of 3 days. The first 2 days followed a typical Tech Days course that included talks, hands-on sessions, the pods and the last day was dedicated to Netbeans, OpenSolaris and JavaME technologies running in parallel.

 

Manyi Lu, presented introduction to JavaDB in the Java track on the first day. The presentation was attended by around 800 people and was received very well.

Anurag and me, along with Manyi, manned the JavaDB pod that was setup for the first 2 days. Anurag had prepared a demo showing a  catalog application using JavaDB. The classic "Derby Tax Demo" was also on display.

 

Total turnout at the exhibition was really huge and it was difficult for 3 of us to engage with everyone during the breaks. Students from local universities were more than the corporate representatives at the event. It was really overwhleming to see the interest shown by the corporates towards JavaDB. At the stall, we interacted with people representing government organizations (including Indian Space Research Organization), IT & ITES companies and various Training institutes apart from student community.

 JavaDB pod at Sun Tech Days 2007 

 The most frequent question we had to answer was, "How different this is from already available DBs in the market and especially Oracle?". We spent a lot of time telling people about how JavaDB is targeted for different set of DB applications (what we call them as departmental apps), explaining them about the key features of JavaDB and I believe people were satisfied as a lot of them seemed to be really keen on using JavaDB. Many DB developers were impressed to see a fully featured db engine packaged in just 2MB binary size.


Following is the list common questions asked,

      • Are there any migration tools from MySQL and Oracle to JavaDB?
      • Can we access JavaDB from PHP?
      • Are there free online courses on JavaDB?
      • Are there clustering capabilities in JavaDB?
      • Is there any in-built GUI ??

 
We also got an opportunity to interact with corporates who brought up their specific use-cases/apps where they can consider JavaDB. We had discussions on specific features of other DBs which they find very useful and if JavaDB supports them. I am happy to say that all such features that we talked about are either already integrated or are on our roadmap (migration tools, grant-revoke, blob/clob support). Some students and corporates were keen on being a part of the community and contributing to it.

 

I think the event was a great success from JavaDB perspective in terms of increasing awareness among the huge developer community in India.

Madhu posted pictures of the entire event which is definitely worth a look.

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