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NetBeans on the Road

Posted by timboudreau on February 3, 2005 at 7:07 PM PST

So I moved from Prague to California. And I had this car in Massachusetts. What better way to get it to California, than to drive, with lots of stops to demo NetBeans for people?

It's been an interesting trip - thus far I'm in Dallas, Texas. I've been to a bunch of Sun field offices, and learned a lot about this company and its customers - working in Prague is a bit like working for a different company, so it's good to learn more about how the mother ship runs.

It also meant getting caught in New York City for the blizzard that hit the midwest and the northeast of the U.S. a few weeks ago. I've never been in New York when it was silent before. So the couple days afterward looked like this:


One thing that's always fun to demo is the Mobility Pack for NetBeans - people are just gaga about it. When I demoed this stuff at Javapolis back in December, I asked a question for the +/-100 people in the audience: "How many of you have ever developed a J2ME app?" Three people raised their hands. "Okay, how many of you would try it if it were really easy?" Everybody raised their hands. And it really does make it easy. So I've got a feeling this is going to take off.

So tomorrow it's more meetings, then a visit to the Telephone Pioneers Museum in Dallas - my grandfather worked all his life for the telephone company, and I have a collection of circa 1918 test equipment in mint condition, which I would donate if I knew it would not be thrown away. After that it's on to Colorado!

Just to show the road isn't all snow:


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