On a Friday Night at 8:00 P.M.

You wouldn’t be blamed for hitting this post, hoping to read about Friday night party in one of many pubs in the city of Bangalore. I’ve friends who say, 8:00 P.M is night so young, feet so stable, mind so playful, setting a stage so perfect for some real weekend fun. Pardon me, in my tale, there isn’t any tinge of such party element. This note is still about a Friday, but not quite the usual ones with party mood painted all over it.

How could anyone party, when a workflow doesn’t quite behave the way one expects it to. You see the folks in picture below, I gave them enough heads up about the gigantic seventh module in the newly released IDM 4485 course. Yet, all of us ended up cracking workflow issues on even a Friday night, while rest others partied around. The clock stuck 8:00, when we parted on Friday, March the 14th. That’s how my first ever batch on IDM 4485 ended. It was quite an engaging week, just the way I expected it to be. And I guess none in the picture below would regret to have missed a party this bygone Friday. At least they didn’t say so.

This, perhaps, was one rare occasion when I met an audience, who had the pre-requisite of learning an Advanced IDM course, and it was such a pleasure to discuss in depth about Sun’s provisioning tool. At times, I stretched the theory sessions a bit too much, if avoided could have given my friends some more time to complete the labs. That, I will fix in my next batch for sure.

And yeah, in case you wonder, looking at the picture above, if this class happened in open air, that’s not the case. I acted a little too late to get an approval for taking my camera in, and the only way out was to bring all my participants out. After all, they deserve some fresh air after such an exhaustive lab sessions .

So that’s the story from me this week. I have landed up at Mumbai to start a training program on Sun Java System Communication Suite, which is a three day program, ensuring no one’s Friday party is spoiled this week.

Great week ahead, all of you

In My Own Backyard

No, I haven’t started getting involved in Moby; neither did Joe Diffie’s song influenced me this weekend for a walk down memory lane. To express better about a week, spent at Sun premise, talking to Sun Employees on a Sun product, I don’t think I have any better one-liners in my dictionary: I really felt as if I was in my own backyard; everything about this training last week was so comfortable, especially the friendly nature of my friends in picture below.

With this short note let me sign off now, for tomorrow I’ve a training on IDM again and it’s not happening ‘in my own backyard.’ I wouldn’t know if I would take some time to get used to the environment at a client location, but what I know clearly is that if I don’t get to sleep properly tonight, I would make a mess of my class tomorrow. So good night!

The Final Day

There is a German proverb which says, “Aller guten Dinge sind drei,” meaning, “All good things are three.” [Translate it here]. It’s no coincidence then that a good event like Sun Tech Days last only for three days. Friday, February the 29th was the final day of Sun Tech Days 2008. A memorable one indeed and as my boss reminded, for another Feb 29th like this, it would take four long years .

Third and the final day of Sun Tech Days 2008 was meant for the community. It was rightly called as the Community Day. Who else could address us better on such an important day than this man below, whom you would all know as the founder of Debian project. Why did a Linux guy join Sun? Hear it from the man himself here.

Ian clarified that what people meant when they say they want Linux is not actually Linux, but a Linux Kernel and lot of softwares on top of it. He pointed out that the idea of having a variety of distro available wasn’t really a good one and further took his discussion to mention about Sun’s decision to combine the powerful features of Solaris with good and useful utilities from other side of the world (free and open source softwares like Mozilla, Thunderbird to name a few). After joining Sun as the Chief Operating System Strategist, Ian recalls the first step taken to close Solaris ‘usability gap.’ I don’t think it would be out of context to guide you to an interview with Ian that I read an year back or so. Please click here to read it.

Ian shared with us how excited he was to hear the news about Sun’s decision of open sourcing Solaris Operating System, upon which he browsed the official OpenSolaris website only to discover how complicated a process was it to get the OpenSolaris up and running. His blog would supplement what I just mentioned above. And hence Project Indiana. Know more about it and get OpenSolaris Developer Preview 2 [code named: Project Indiana] here.

Ian quickly ran through the breakthrough features in Solaris like DTrace, ZFS etc. and detailed about the new and exciting Image Packaging System.

Ian then reiterated the business model of Sun making it clear to all of us how a bunch of “Garage Engineers,” who wouldn’t have much money initially would try to get only those products (read softwares) that are freely and easily available, support their business on their own and when their business would flourish, they may possess enough money but not sufficient time to scale up their infrastructure or even to support themselves, which is when they would start turning to the appropriate vendors to support their business. Gee, that’s when Sun chips in.

Overall, this last keynote of Sun Tech Days 2008 by Ian Murdock was fantastic and offered a perfect foundation for the Community Day.

After Ian’s keynote, prizes were distributed to the Code For Freedom winners. It’s a motivation to see a lot of University students participating in such programs. They have every opportunity for going places for sure. You can find the detailed list of Code For Freedom winners here.

Matt Thompson picked up a lucky winner (by shuffling), who got to carry back the last available Java Jacket.

After this event I rushed to join my colleague Ajay Ahuja to participate in a presentation on Solaris 10 Features Workshop. It was a full day program with around 50 participants sitting through the whole day, performing hands-on practice on various features of Solaris 10. Ajay led the show and I chipped in and spoke whenever required. Overall it was a very satisfying effort and I felt happy to be a part of such an event.

More than a hundred and fifty machines were installed with Solaris 10 OS for conducting our session as well as a Web 2.0 session taught by Stacy Thurston. Alongside Stacy and Ajay, you would those gentlemen who were responsible for setting up the lab for conducting our sessions. Great job folks!

These three good days went like three hours. But I am sure the organizers of this event would have spent several sleepless nights to make this event the largest ever in the history of Sun Tech Days. Kudos to all those worked behind the scenes to make this happen. It’s sad that the next edition of this World Wide Developer Conference is one year away from now. Thankfully, I have enough recollections from the Sun Tech Days 2008 concluded at Hyderabad, the sweetness of which I intent to carry forward at least until the next Tech Days.