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So I drove up on March 12 and it was a great time. I got to chat briefly with Pete Carapetyan, who I had met last year; Pete has his own review of my presentation here. We had a good crowd: over 50 people. The slides are available here.
There were several really interesting comments and questions. One attendee commented on how the problem I demonstrated with a PermGen memory leak would not have happened if the application had not been repeatedly undeployed and redeployed to the web server. While that is certainly true, it led another attendee to comment: "Once I give them the .war file, I have no control over what they do with it." In other words, in an ideal world applications do not get repeatedly undeployed and redeployed, but in the real world things do not always work out that way....
There was also a question about cyclic object references. The Heap Walker in the NetBeans IDE provides annotations to indicate just those sorts of relationships. Cyclic references are shown with two green arrows that form a circle:
My thanks to Lisa Danzer for coordinating my visit to Dallas and (as always) to Aaron Houston for sending some books and t-shirts that we could use as prizes.
And many thanks to Erik Weibust of the MUG for inviting me up and running the meeting. I did not get to meet Erik last year because he was unable to attend that meeting. Turns out he is a great guy and for those of you in the area, he is one of the organizers of an interesting one-day conference: Dallas TechFest. It is on May 3 and the price cannot be beat: free!