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GlassFish Workshop @ Milwaukee Trip Report - Met famous Santoor player

Posted by arungupta on March 23, 2009 at 7:47 AM PDT



Peter and I presented on href="http://blogs.sun.com/arungupta/entry/glassfish_workshop_at_university_of">GlassFish
at University of Wisconsin,
Milwaukee last week. The slides were already made available
to the
attendees. And since the workshop offered for a charge, the slides will
not be shared here :) Let
us know
if you'd like to conduct a similar workshop in your
location.



The workshop ran from 8:30am until 4:00pm. Peter did a wonderful job of
demonstrating GlassFish
integration in NetBeans
and Eclipse, an
extensive href="http://www.sun.com/software/products/appsrvr/features_glassfish.xml">GlassFish
Enterprise Manager demo, Dynamic Languages slides,
and multiple other things!



One of the interesting sessions was right after lunch when all the
attendees candidly shared experience of their deployment
environments and their reason for attending the workshop. The
room had 40% NetBeans users and 70% Eclipse users. I've
observed a continuous upsurge in the number of NetBeans users
in the past few conferences. And it was certainly exciting to know that
approx 50% are aware of GlassFish and 1/2 of them are already using for
development. Most of them were attending to gain better understanding
of GlassFish capabilities and then use it in their production
environment. And then there were some who wanted to understand how
GlassFish is a superior offering than others.



And guess what - even couple of attendees were already using it in
production. Their main reasons for migrating from Tomcat to GlassFish:

  • NetBeans integration
  • Web-based Admin Console backed by a powerful "asadmin" CLI

They had no trouble migrating their application from Tomcat to
GlassFish, just a minor tweak and the application worked seamlessly.
Yet another
happy
user of GlassFish :) Hopefully everybody had an opportunity
to revise or learn some new tricks from the talk. Here are some
pictures taken during the workshop:


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Here is some feedback from the attendees:



Great presentation on
GlassFish today, there is more to that application server than I
thought.
( href="http://twitter.com/xmtrumanx/statuses/1362856267">tweeted
here)



and



#glassfish is pretty
freaking cool, our company just isn't ready for that level though.

(tweeted
here
)



The hospitality of the workshop hosts was very welcoming starting from
airport
pick up/drop off, hotel pick up, dinner, and short tour of the city
right after the talk. The arrangement during the workshop was pretty
good however the presentation connector for Apple Air caused us some
grief to begin with ;-)



I also had the opportunity to meet the local href="http://developers.sun.com/students/campus.jsp">Campus
Ambassador, a Ph D student at the University:



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Milwaukee is known as Brew
City
or Cream City,
Miller is the only major brand left though. The city is also known for
Harley Davidson
head quarters, Lake
Michigan
, Summer
Festival
, and Milwaukee
Art Museum
amongst many other things. Check out some pictures
from in/around the city:


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Personally, one of the highlights was bumping into href="http://santoor.com/">Pandit Shiv Kumar
Sharma, a world renowned Santoor
player,
during a dinner at a local Thai restaurant. Our workshop host (who
happens
to be Indian) mentioned that Pandit
ji
is peforming with href="http://momentrecords.com/">Ustad
Zakir Hussain, the most famous name and a living legend in
the world of Tabla,
in Milwaukee next
morning
. The local Indian community gathered to honor
him and we happen to be sitting on the next table.


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We had an extremely embarrassing moment when we approached him asking
"Are you Ustaad Zakir Hussein ?". He said "I'm not but he'll be
performing on the stage tomorrow". For a moment we thought he was just
tricking us but felt terrible when realized that we tagged him as the
wrong person. Pandit ji has gained all the reputation one can fathom in
the world of music and kept talking to us in a very polite manner. I
always wonder there is so much to learn from these luminaries, but we
certainly felt awful afterwards and apologized as well.



We almost decided to go to an Indian restaurant for dinner but glad we
picked Thai instead. We might have met Ustad Zakir Hussain in the other
restaurant ;-) You can check out their complete itinerary at href="http://momentrecords.com/tourinfo.html">momentrecords.com.



Enjoy one of his old videos:




And then one of the memoirs from Ustaad Zakir Hussein, (for Indian
friends: remember "Wah Ustaad Wah" advertisement):




As always, check out the complete album at:



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