Posted by gsporar
on April 27, 2008 at 7:02 PM PDT
I had the good fortune to visit Brazil recently and meet many nice people scattered out across a great country. Along the way I managed to demonstrate some of the new features coming in NetBeans IDE 6.1.
The ninth annual FISL conference was
April 17-19 in the city of Porto
Alegre, which is the capital city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
I was fortunate enough to have my memory leaks talk
selected, so I asked my
co-worker Bruno Souza if
he could set up some user group meetings and/or
university visits in the days immediately before the conference.
This is sort of like asking if it would be possible to get another slice
of grilled meat at a churrascaria ;
his answer was: "Of course!" :-)
In Brazil, everyone who knows Java knows Bruno - and even people who don't
know Java know Bruno, including the president ,
as shown in this photo .
So Bruno said to me: "How busy do you want to be?" I responded: "Very." I'll
think twice before I say that to him again.... :-D
I did presentations for the following Java users groups:
Java Noroeste ,
Java do SertÃ£o ,
and ceJug .
And I did a presentation at
Universidade CatÃ³lica de BrasÃlia .
The end result: within my first few days in the country, I traveled
almost as many miles within Brazil as I had flown to get to
But it was worth it. The food was excellent, the events were well-attended,
and the best part (as usual) was getting to meet so many nice people. I was
very well cared for in Brazil.
One of my goals was to show folks some of the new features coming in
(which is due out this week). One of the most important new features
is powerful support
put into the 6.0 release
to support Ruby . As a result, powerful code-completion
my co-worker Brian Leonard put
together a very nice demo script that highlights
the most important features. So I had been using that and had even managed to
couple of events.
In SertÃ£o, however, the code completion support did not work. Anyone who does
as many live software demos as I do has been in this situation before - all the sudden,
everything that worked great just moments before stops working:
I was stumped. Since it was the end of the final presentation of a long
day, I went ahead and kept going and wrapped up my presentation without
continuing that demo.
Immediately after I finished, one of the attendees rushed up to me and asked:
code into an .html file without a <script> tag. No wonder the editor
did not work!"
So this is one of the few instances where one of my demos failed because of the presenter,
instead of the software. In my defense, over the previous 80 hours I had only
had about 12 hours of sleep, so I was a little off-balance. Nevertheless, the
question made me realize what I was doing wrong, so I did the demo for a small
group of folks who crowded around my laptop; the first feature of which is to
show one of the flavors of code completion:
Photos from the Java Noroeste, Java do SertÃ£o, and ceJug events are below.