Tag: TechDays

Tech Days 2010 @ Hyderabad and Chennai

Last week I was in Hyderabad (March 24-25) and Chennai (March 26) for Sun Tech Days 2010 – probably the last ones in India. My association with Sun Tech Days goes as back as 2001 when I attended it for the first time in Delhi. After I joined Sun, I’ve been speaking regularly at Tech Days each year on different technologies.

I arrived a day early at the regular venue – Hyderabad International Convention Centre and was quite surprised to see a somewhat deserted look.. no colorful Sun and Java posters this year! I ran into some colleagues and had a good time catching up with them.

Next morning the event started with a welcome address by Oracle’s Country Head followed by a really nice keynote by James Gosling which was loved by one and all. After the morning session, all attendees disbursed to attend the technical sessions that were grouped in parallel tracks.

I had the following sessions this year:

I saw some impressive headcount for all the sessions. The sessions were well received and there were some really nice questions from the attendees. The thing I like most about Tech Days is the interactions people have after the sessions.. the conversations.. it provides an excellent opportunity to learn about some exciting projects people are doing.

Besides my sessions I was also assisting Angela with her JavaFX Hands-On-Labs. The Labs were all packed.. there was lot of enthusiasm about JavaFX this year. The attendees simply loved it.

From Hyderabad, I left for Chennai to participate in the 1-Day Tech Days Plus event. I had a really nice time interacting with the developers and met some of my old colleagues and friends.

I returned home with mixed feelings… after all I had just wrapped up the last Tech Days in India.

Sun Tech Days 2008 @ Hyderabad

Last week Hyderabad hosted the popular developer conference – Sun Tech Days for the second consecutive year.
It was a great 3-day event filled with learning (lots of technical sessions/labs) and entertainment (Euphoria concert, Talent show, Fashion show etc).

I really enjoyed the Day-2 keynote by David Axmark (MySQL co-founder).
He took us through the journey of MySQL – The world’s most popular open source database and shed some light on the road ahead.
His slide on Sun-MySQL partnership drew huge applause from a packed hall of developers.

As far as technical sessions go, the attendees had lot of options this year.
There were 3 tracks packed with various sessions and labs to choose from.
I had a pretty busy time taking the following sessions:

  • Ajax and Web 2.0 related frameworks & toolkits
  • Java Troubleshooting Tips
  • Java ME: Streaming Video from Server to Device (with Chuk Munn Lee and Terrence Barr)

The attendees had a great time attending different sessions throughtout the day and had more reasons to cheer for in the evenings.
If it was the popular band “Euphoria” rocking on Day 1, it was the fashion show that kept everyone in good spirits on Day 2 :).
All in all a great event as always.

Find more details on Arun’s blog (Day 1 and Day 2).. he’s got some lovely photos and videos from the event.

Euphoria Performing – Video 1

Euphoria Performing – Video 2

Sun Tech Days 2007 @ Delhi and Hyderabad

Last week we had Sun Tech Days at Hyderabad with parallel events in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. It was an amazing event.. we reached out to 10000+ developers across these cities. The sessions were very informative and we got some great feedback from the attendees.

I had a session in Delhi on Java Persistence APIs: Simplifying Persistence. I had opted for this topic because lot of developers are using persistence frameworks viz. Hibernate, JDO etc. in projects and I wanted to share my views on Java Persistence API vis-a-vis these frameworks.

I developed a small web application that uses Java Persistence API using NetBeans. The attendees loved the Persistence support provided in NetBeans and were very eager to try it out themselves.

There were quite a few questions and I had a nice discussion with few attendees after the session.

Later in the evening I left for Hyderabad, to join my team for the Hands-on-Labs that were scheduled for the next day. The venue was really nice and was packed with lot of excited students. The lab sessions required attendees to carry laptop and we were surprised to see the number of students who turned up. We had to add extra chairs :). A laptop seems to be a must-have for students these days.

I had a good time and look forward to Sun Tech Days 2008!