TechDays in Chennai
TechDays in Chennai was fun. I can't get over the energy of the attendees, and the city around the conference. Not to mention the energy of the Sun Technical Outreach folks that put these events on.
TechDays are just like JavaOne, except instead of taking BART into San Francisco, I flew halfway around the world to get here. There were 3 tracks: roughly JavaME and JavaSE, JavaEE, and Community activities. It was wonderful, for me at least, of having the focus on just developers. It also made the event much more humane than JavaOne; with many fewer people around attendees who wanted to talk one-on-one could find the speakers and corner them for blocks of time. I also got to go to a lot of sessions I usually miss at JavaOne, so that was educational, too.
I got a lot ofinteresting questions, and I hope I encouraged some people to put their ideas up as java.net projects. The most impressive business card I got was from someone at the Indian Department of Atomic Energy, who wants to use real-time Java to control nuclear power plants.
I'm looking forward to Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Delhi. If any of you jdk.Researchers are at the events, please come and introduce yourselves! The point of these trips is to meet with developers and build the java.net community, and face-to-face time is a great way to do that.