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Sun Tech Days Beijing - Day 1 Report

Posted by arungupta on November 1, 2007 at 10:35 PM PDT

1500 developers kick started 10th anniversary Tech Day event at the
International Convention Center
earlier today.

Joey Shen, Angela Caicedo, Doris Chen and Chuk Munn Lee demonstrated
Swing/Java2D, Sun SPOTs,
jMaki and
demo respectively as part of the demo showcase. All the demos were
really good and showcased different technologies from Sun. I personally liked
Sun SPOT demo which showcased how
Robosapiens can be easily controlled using
the JVM. It very well resonated with "Internet of Things" that Lionel Kim
(President Greater China and COO APAC Sun Microsystems) mentioned in his keynote
earlier in the morning.

According to Lionel, there are three factors driving global innovation:

  • - The key point here is that currently the major
    producer/consumer of content on the Internet are people. But very soon it'll
    be an Internet of things where different "things" are interacting on the Web
    fueled by all the innovations happening in
  • Age of the startups - Facebook valued at $ 15 billion has already
    changed the current landscape and similar companies are going to drive the
    needs for next generation.
  • Rise of communities - Time magazine awarded YOU (community) as
    Person of
    The Year
    award for 2006. And that indeed is the most important factor in
    driving innovation.

Carla provided a great coverage of

Jim Hughes keynote
(during which I was busy with local translators for my
upcoming session :) This is the 10th anniversary year of Tech Days and we
celebrated by cutting a birthday cake. There is lot of backstage work (audio,
video, rehearsal, logistics and all sort of things) that often goes unnoticed
and some of the photographs below highlight that work.

Right after the keynote, I gave a talk on "Java EE5, GlassFish and Their Future" and the slides are
here. It was great talking about
to a 560 capacity room full of audience.
Leon showed a demo of
localized version of GlassFish and how it can be configured in a
clustered environment.

Jim Jiang offered to give away 10 copies of his recently
published book on GlassFish. You can order it online
Jim Jiang and Wang Yu are the primary authors with content contributed from Jason
Huang, Ada Li, Liang Ye and Evrin Yan. It was great meeting most of these
individuals face-to-face. If you missed being one of the lucky winners
of the book, then attend

GlassFish Day
on Saturday, Nov 3 and there will be many more copies

I also attended Chuk's talk on Metro
and REST. He really presented the concept very well and it was fun seeing
somebody else present Metro :)

I spent rest of the day talking to people on the GlassFish booth. Once again,
Jim Jiang helped me connect with the local audience. I'll prepare a summary of
the  questions and then provide answers to them in a subsequent blog. In
the meanwhile, here are some links for you to get started:

The evening ended with
Yanjing Beer
Beijing Duck
dinner. And as always, enjoy the pictures from through out the


Follow the complete coverage in
Sun Tech Days Event blog.

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