Posted by arungupta
on February 28, 2008 at 2:16 AM PST
30% of the approximately 5000 attendees at
Tech Days Hyderabad
were a repeat audience. It is the biggest developer Tech Days of all -
both in terms of the number of attendees and tracks/sessions.
This is my first Tech Days in India and found the show to be quite
impressive so far. Once you enter the main conference hall, it's hard
to differentiate between
(location for JavaOne) and Hyderabad
Convention Center (HICC). Starting from the entrance,
conference rooms, audio/video facilities and the crew is just amazing
and very helpful.
Here is a little video right before the opening session:
The main convention hall can accomodate upto 5000
people at a given
time and it was packed for the opening keynote by Rich Green (Executive
Vice President, Software, Sun Microsystems).
Rich described how JDK ,
href="http://sun.com/solaris">Solaris and many
other similar offerings provide a comprehensive suite of products that
cover the entire portfolio of software. He talked about how
Ambassadors, one-fifth of the total approx 500 are from
India, are playing a key
role in shaping the future.
Rich also talked about "Innovate more, Code less" - basically talking
about how providing incremental functionality over existing FOSS
components foster the open source spirit and create a community. It can
be measured by a ratio of the number of lines developed and used. Rich also talked
about how MySQL
(pronounced as my-ess-kew-ell)
acquisition (completed earlier this week) has made Sun the largest open
source company in the world.
And this is India, so of course lots of people show up at sessions,
booths, lunch and every where else as well!
I participated in a technical showcase right after the keynote which
demonstrates the latest & cool technologies from Sun
Microsystems. There were lots of cool demos ranging from
& jMaki .
A replay of the jMaki demo along with
complete instructions to recreate is available
The opening session was telecast live to Bangalore & Chennai
and then there were other sessions conducted parallely as well in these
In addition to the technical showcase, I delivered 2 more sessions
GlassFish & Their Future and
2.0 Applications Made Easy
using jMaki. And a Hands-on-Lab on Performance Tuning your
Applications. Both the sessions were heavily attended with 45 minutes
presentation and an equal amount of time answering the questions.
The evening concluded by a great performance by
href="http://www.dhoom.com/">Euphoria - one of the
most popular rock band in India. Their popularity was
quite evident by response and participation from the
audience. For me,
it was quite exciting to attend an Indian rock concert after a looong
I captured the video as well and will upload once I get "decent" upload
The complete album of the visit so far is available at: