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The Rich Web Experience 2007 Trip Report

Posted by arungupta on September 8, 2007 at 7:07 PM PDT

The first ever
The Rich Web Experience 2007
just got over and I enjoyed

participating
in the conference.

This conference is part of No
Fluff Just Stuff
Symposium series and truly lived up to it's name and
these are some of my reasons:

  • There indeed was no "fluff", just real meaty talks full of "stuff".
  • This indeed was an "experience" - not just a conference. Everything
    ranging from the

    • Courteous Conference staff
    • Geeky attendees (we love them!)
    • Quality of food (one of the best conference foods, probably THE best
      - only comparable to

      Google Developer Day
      )
    • Daily Raffles (an iPhone
      every lunch and dinner, an iMac on the 2nd day & for the best speaker
      and other giveaways)
    • Great goodies for each attendee (a
      Wii or $250
      Amazon certificate - will be shipped
      afterwards because of "delivery problems" :)
    • Great venue (driving
      distance from home)



      everything was just superb!
  • The conference size was small and this allowed us to have more closer
    1-1 interactions with a lot of attendees. We had some real good interactions
    with the attendees and looking forward to helping them out.

At the venue, we asked for Internet connectivity for the desktop machines to
be used for demonstration.

For the quoted price ($850 for 2 days) I thought for a moment that
we are getting a "really cheap" dedicated direct satellite connection.
But then I realized it was just the usual broadband wired
connection. Gosh! That was a ridiculous price so we finally used our
laptop for all the demos as wireless connectivity was free, courtesy
Rich Web Experience.

It gives an impression that San Jose Fairmont is not convention-ready yet!

Both of Greg &
Ludo's talks (Project
jMaki - Enabling Web 2.0 Application Developers
and

Web Design for Server-Side Developers
) were well attended.

And so was Tom Ball's

JavaFX: Evolution of the Java client
.
We gave out a new tee-shirt at the conference with the juggling Duke
and attendees were flocking towards it. And if you missed it then
hopefully you can get it at an upcoming conference.  Any guesses on
the "balls" ?

We also conducted daily raffles for a
Sun Spot Java Development Kit
during the first two days of the conference.
The winners on both the days were extremely thrilled and came back the very next
day and shared their experience. Congratulations!

All the information about the kit can be found at
sunspotworld.com. I recommend
reading the
FAQ
that provides information on the types of sensors and other
useful information. The

Users Guide
and other
Documentation
provide other useful information to get started. If
you were not lucky to win the raffle, you can always buy them
here!

Here are some of the demos that we showed at the conference:

And others will be available on
ajax.dev.java.net
soon.

It was really nice to meet
Jason Lee
- one of the first

GlassFish Champion 2007
&

GlassFish 2 TV Contest Winner
. He got lucky at the conference again
and won an iPhone on the second day dinner-time raffle. Read his RWE

Day 1
and

Day 2
experience. Jason, go buy a lottery ticket and you may be
one of the
four winners
next time :)

Jay Zimmerman
announced that Rich Web Experience will visit Atlanta in April 2008 and back in
San Jose in September 2008. Thank you for organizing a great conference and
looking forward to our future participation.

No Fluff Just Stuff is the way
to go!

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