The first ever GlassFish Day, as part of Sun Tech Days, wrapped up last week. The event started with around approximately 60 attendees and a good part stayed all the way late in the day. The slides of all the sessions are available here and read a complete coverage of the event here. Ed Ort particularly talked to some of the attendees and captured the dialog as part of his report.
GlassFish is not only a fully open-source, production-quality and Java EE 5 compatible Application Server, it is also a community. And that’s why Raffaele from Imola presented on "Imola JBI Binding components" as part of Open ESB story.
There were lot of attendees who came at the GlassFish Booth and were interested in finding out how to get started. Really it’s very simple – Download, Use and Let us know. And this one image captures the distinguishing feature set of GlassFish V2:
The pictures below show how the attendees were involved and enjoyed the sessions.
View the complete album here:
See you in Beijing Tech Days!
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We stayed at the ATA Quark Hotel (Via Lamepdusa 11/A) for Sun Tech Days, Milan. This hotel completely defied "the first impression lasts for ever" philosophy. We were promptly checked-in at the service desk and were given a really nice room (with a separate office room and a walk-in closet) and that impressed us. But there after it was all down hill. Here are my experiences in the hotel and with it’s staff. Other colleagues had similar experience as well:
Basic Office Room – The office room was nice and spacious with a separate TV but there was no phone. In fact the only phone in the "suite" was near the bed. And even though the hotel claimed that wireless network is expected to work in the room but they just could not debug why it was not working for me. It worked very well in all the conference rooms though.
Non-smiling Staff – We decided to have dinner in the hotel restaurant on the first night of stay. None (really none) of the waiters had any smile on their face. They barely knew any English so we had to show them the number in the menu to place our order. I always feel that a big smile on your face is the first language all humans should know. That certainly was not visible in most of the staff at the hotel, although some knew the English language to be able to communicate. Although I was quite surprised to see a smiling staff member at the reception desk.
Mysterious Fitness Center – The first morning I inquired about the fitness center and told it’s on the 5th floor. The 5th floor is like a regular floor with directions to other rooms, no mention of Fitness Center at all. On further asking for explicit directions and I was told it’s between room # 513 & 514. I thought may be this hotel uses fraction for room numbers but on the 5th there were directions to room 500-515 and 513 was the last room in that segment. There were two rooms right after #513. Initially I was skeptical to swipe my card on those rooms but because of the information received from the front desk I tried to swipe my card to no effect. These rooms were of course locked as well so even the door was not open. I got slightly irritated spending my first 15 minutes in the morning running up & down and dealing with the front desk instead of running on the tread mill but decided to call them again. I was told somebody is coming over right away which happened good 6 minutes later and this person was quite surprised when I approached him. So it seems like he was just wandering through the halls and I happen to approach him. Anyway, upon explaining (forget about apologies) he said let me find out where is the Fitness Center. It seems the hotel staff is not aware of the facilities within. Finally he opened one of the hotel rooms converted in the Fitness Center.
And it’s a true conversion because the room barely had workout machines (of course all the instructions in Italian only) with no workout towels. Anyway, I was glad that the treadmill worked
Disappearing Shower Towels – Room Service every morning did the expected job but then always took all the shower towels with them. This has never happened with me during all my travels. But anyway we asked for the shower towels for on the first morning and the Room Service came back with just one thin cotton towel. We mentioned that we need towels for all of us and this guy comes back with 2 more cotton towels. These towels become with the first touch of water and in no way can be used effectively after a shower. On further explaining, this guy finally comes back with the real shower towels and a weird frown on his face.
Expired Room Key – The hotel room key expired the night before itself and it had to renewed at the Front Desk late in the night. Although this is not very uncommon (never happened with me) but lot of other colleagues were complaining the same issue in this hotel.
Shower Tub Wall – This is probably a more Italy thing but both the hotels we stayed at (in Rome and Milan) barely cover the shower stream. In this particular hotel just turning the shower (that had a big shower head) was spilling the water out of the the tub. The bathroom used to be flooded after anybody takes a shower. Strangely there was a glass wall on the other end of the tub where there is no water or nobody could possibly take a shower because of the fixed shower head.
City Knowledge – The amount of knowledge the reception desk (there was no Concierge) had about the City was pretty "amazing". They only knew about the nearest Metro station and City Center. Everything else was left for the hotel guests to explore themselves. And they did not have any resources on how to gather further information. I sometimes really wondered the hotel staff was probably from some other city.
Taxi Fare – The taxi fare from Malpensa airport to anywhere in the city is fixed at 70 Euros. I asked the front desk about this and was told that it would be approximately 95 Euros (which is typically what the meter would show). Fortunately the taxi driver who dropped us at the airport was a great guy and charged us 70 Euros even though the meter showed 95 Euros. I really wonder how much the hotel staff really know about moving around the city.
The ATA Hotels website has disabled right-click, gosh such a cheap trick. So even though you can click on Business, Hotels & Resorts and see the list of hotels available but right-clicking (in order to Copy The Link Location) shows following:
If you are planning a travel to Milan, I’d certainly recommend to look for an alternate hotel. At least I’ll stay in a different hotel if I happen to visit the city again.
Milan by itself is a great city though. Read my travel tips to Milan here. All my travel tips to Europe are aggregated here.
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- Milan : Milano :: Rome : Roma :: English :: Italiano. In simple terms, Milan and Rome are English names for Milano and Roma in Italian (called as Italiano in Italian). Everybody will understand if you say Milan or Rome but When in Rome, live like Romans and so pretend-like-a-local.
- Airports: Milan has two airports – Linate and Malpensa. Linate mostly caters to the domestic traffic and Malpensa to both domestic and international. Malpensa airport is out of Milan and Linate is in the city. Make sure to check which airport is closer to the hotel (especially if you are planning a domestic and international trip out of Milan) and book your flights accordingly.
The airport in Rome is Leonardo DaVinci and is located in Fiumicino city. But all the locals call it as Fiumicino airport and even all the directions mention Fiumicino.
- The taxi fare from Malpensa airport to anywhere in the city is fixed at 70 Euros irrespective of what comes in the taxi meter. The driver who dropped us from airport to the hotel of course did not convey that to us because the meter in his taxi showed 95 Euros and he happily took the money we gave him. The taxi driver who dropped us at airport told us about this so make sure to not pay more than 70 Euros if you going to/from Malpensa.
- In all my experience so far, Taxi drivers take only cash. So make sure you know the approximate distance/time/cost from the airport to your hotel and have sufficient cash. All the airports have an ATM machine which is very convenient.
- Keep a jacket handy depending upon the city and time of the year. Make sure to check the weather before packing your clothes. In winter times, it’s good to carry an Umbrella. We checked the weather online before starting our trip but it turned out to be complete reverse of what we expected.
- "Grazie" is "Thanks" and "Ciao" is "Hello" or "Bye" in Italiano.
- If you are traveling with kids, it helps to mentally prepare them by sharing the itinerary, giving them an estimate of the flight time, amount of walking/waiting required (especially in Rome which needs lot of walking) for any tourist spots and of course carrying some handy snacks for them if the wait is too long or if the meal is delayed. In Rome, Gelato was easily accessible through out the city and worked as a great incentive for my son
- Having breakfast included in the hotel package turned out to be a big boon as it gives a good head start for the day. You can always have breakfast in the hotel anyway but it might be more cost effective to be included in the package.
- Avoid flights during peak office hours. We spent an extra 45 minutes because our flight arrived at Malpensa airport at 5:30pm and then got stuck in traffic going to the hotel.
- Both the hotels in Italy (Melia Roma Aurelia Antica and ATA Quark Hotels) did not have Iron boards for some inexplicable safety reasons. This might be a trend in Italy hotels so make sure to carry clothes that need no ironing, or wear them without iron or use the laundry service to get them iron. The later option requires you to give the clothes a day in advance and pay an exorbitant amount for getting a simple tee-shirt ironed.
- Most of the tourist spots in Milan are accessible using public transport. We bought a day pass (for 3 Euros and available from most of the kiosks near Metro stations or Light rails) that is valid in Metro, Tram/Light Rails and other public transport. This keeps you mobile and provides option to move around.
- McDonalds are available at most of the places in case you care.
- In terms of places to visit, Duomo of course is the main destination in Milan. There is a Fashion Galleria right next to Duomo and a significant part of the day can be spent there. The Last Supper painting has a 2 month wait but you can always talk to one of the local travel agency who typically buy the tickets in advance and can take you inside.
Here is my travel album:
All my travel tips to Europe are aggregated here.
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Sun Tech Days Rome 2007 was kick started by Maria Grazia Filippini (Director General, Sun Microsystems Italy) to a room full of approx 300 audience. She was followed by Corrado Sterpetti (Software Practice Manager, Sun Microsystems Italy). Both of them addressed the attendees in the local language. I could not understand any part of the talk (except bongiorno) but the passion was quite visible in their tone. And this is what brings Sun Tech Days back to Italy.
Reggie explained that this is 4th Sun Tech Days in Italy which is exactly the number of times Italy has won FIFA World Cup so far. It was fun when he divided the room in two halves and made them say "World" and "Cup" as he was waving his hand from left to right and wishing for Italy to win the 5th World cup in 2010.
The two main goals of the day set early in the day were:
If you have attended any of the JavaOne, this is how John Gage sets the tone as well. And truly, this is one of the main objectives of taking Sun Tech Days all over the world. It’s all about community and participation.
The first event of the day was a demo shoot out where 5 engineers demonstrated cool technology demonstrations. Here are the technologies that were demonstrated:
Then the day were split into three different tracks – Java, Solaris and Hands-on-Labs.
|The first talk in Java Track was presented by Sridhar on "Java EE 5, GlassFish and Their Future". GlassFish is an open-source, production-quality and JavaEE 5 compatible Application Server. GlassFish V2 is now available and has lots of cool features. This one slide captures all of them and Sridhar gave details on all of them. He also gave a preview of what’s coming in GlassFish V3. GlassFish V2 Final can be downloaded from here. You can try a Technology Preview build of GlassFish V3 here. If you have any questions about GlassFish, please post them at users@glassfish or GlassFish Forum.
Sridhar’s talk was followed by my talk on "Metro and REST" where I explained how Metro is one-stop shop for all Web services needs – from simple Hello World to Secure, Reliable, Transactional and .NET 3.0 Interoperable Web services. The talk built upon Sridhar’s demo where he showed how a simple Web service can be built and invoked using NetBeans 6. This talk demonstrated how Reliability and other enterprise features can be simply added by a click of button. It also demonstrated how an Excel 2007 client can invoke a Secure and Reliable endpoint deployed on GlassFish. This talk also provided a brief introduction to Jersey (Reference Implementation for JSR 311) and showed code samples on how it enables to easily and intuitively publishing RESTful endpoints. The slides for my talk are available here.
I had to leave right after my talk to catch the flight to Milan and so that’s my summary of Tech Days Rome. I hope you guys had fun and we empowered you to be more productive. Feel free to leave comments if you attended and enjoyed.
GlassFish Day and NetBeans Day starts in Milan at 1pm local time today. The complete agenda is here. Looking forward to see you there.
Here is the album for Tech Days Rome 2007:
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I attended and presented at NetBeans Day Rome earlier today. I sat down to write a detailed report but Dana Nourie (SDN Technical Writer) has already done a superb job summarizing the event. Instead of repeating the content I’d like to share some photos from the event showing how the developers were engaged all through out the day.
The event started with approx 150 people and 75% of the them maintained all the way to the last session that finished at 7:00pm.
The jMaki demos shown at NetBeans Day can be recreated using the following entries:
The complete album is available at:
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Here is a complete itinerary of our day trip from Rome to Pisa:
||Courtesy Shuttle from Melia Roma Hotel to Ottaviano Metro Station
||Arrive at Ottaviano Station (identified by red M in a white square)
||Metro Train from Ottaviano to Terminal Station (Stazione Termini)
||Arrive at Terminal Station (Metro drops underground, go above the ground, purchase tickets from the counter, check the train number at Departure screens and Wait at the terminal)
||Train departs to Pisa (Inter City Plus)
||Arrive at Pisa
||Out of the Station and Start walking towards the Tower of Pisa (Plan for 25 minutes walk, Take Via Francesco Crispi and Via Roma and there is no need to buy a city map
||Arrive at Leaning Tower of Pisa (La Torre). The entrance and climb up the tower is controlled and you can purchase tickets by the time slot.
||Start walking back to the Station
||Arrive at the Station (There is McDonalds at the station for a quick lunch or a better variety at Terminal Station)
||Buy the return tickets (A better option is to buy return tickets from the original destination or from the Station at Pisa before starting out to visit the monuments. This will ensure a confirmed seat because the station stops selling tickets few minutes before the scheduled departure.)
||Train departs to Rome
||Arrive at San Pietro Station
||Walk to Ottaviano Metro Station
||Bus from Metro Station to Hotel
||Arrive at the Hotel
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the main attraction of this city. The streets were pretty deserted (may be because of Sunday) and it almost felt that the majority of people moving around were tourists. You can always spend extra time in the city or at the festive environment around the monuments. This allows you to take the 5:00pm Inter City Plus to reach back Rome around 8:15pm. As always, it’s recommended to check the train schedule at Trenitalia.com.
And here is the photo album:
All my travel tips to Europe are aggregated here.
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Arrived Rome 4 days ago and seen a good part of the city so far. Based upon our experience, here are some tips for travel to Rome:
- There are no "easily accessible" public bathrooms, even in the tourist spots. However consider eating at a restaurant, not a side-street shop, and there is a higher likelihood of finding a bathroom there.
- There are free flowing drinking water fountains through out the city. Some of them gives a feeling that the water may not be for drinking but I was told the water is clean and we survived
- IMHO the side-street shops sell really authentic food as opposed to big restaurants, and it’s really cheap. You can NOT miss eating pizzas (which is sold by the weight as opposed to S, M, L or XL) in this city. And they are just fantastic. A Medium size pizza can range from 6-10 Euros.
- The best option to roam around the city is taking a City Tour using the numerous available options. Most of them stop at the main destinations and allow to hop-on and hop-off any where in the route. The following questions will help you decide amongst the available options of buses:
- How many buses in the fleet ? (Typically 35-45)
- Frequency of buses – how frequently they come ? (Typically 20 minutes)
- Does it cover all the major spots or at least the ones you want ? (Most of them do)
- Do they have English language guide ? (All of them generally have)
- Do they have alternate routes ? This allows you to visit different parts of the city in the same day.
- Do they have any 2-day tickets available ? This allows you to cover all the venues at an easy pace.
- Do NOT purchase the City Tour tickets from the hotel as they are easily available from the different bus stops. Roma Cristiana ORP (we took this one) or Bus #110 are two popular ones and have great coverage of the city.
- Here are some good spots in Rome that should not be missed (in no particular order):
- piazza Navona (1/2 day of fun & shopping)
- San Pietro in Vaticano (approx 2-4 hrs)
- Fontana di Trevi (2 hours)
- Vatican Museum (Timings differ on each day so check the schedule and plan for 1-1.5 hour long wait in the queue and a 4 hour trip in the museum, it’s definitely worth it)
- Colosseo and Roman Forum (1/2 day)
- Pantheon (2 hours)
Each of these location is covered by all the City Tour buses.
- Do NOT miss the variety of ice creams here, known as Gelato in the local language. And you can mix-and-match different flavors in the same cone and really colorful ones. Just look for Gelateria banner on the shop and that’s your destination for gelatos. Of course, you can also find Spagetteria, Birreria, Pizzeria, Cafetteria and Trattoria.
- If you buy any memorabilia from the side street shops, make sure to haggle. At certain instances we were able to cut the price down by 50%. This may not be true every time though
- You see a more authentic part of Rome when traveling through the city streets. The stone streets and houses, accordion play by local artists, water fountains, and many other "Roamy" artifacts. Most of the tourist destinations are approachable through the streets so it’s recommended to take a city map from the hotel and walk around.
- I already talked about walking in the previous point, but remember it’s LOT of walking so make sure to carry a really comfortable shoe.
- The price of eating in and taking out is different. If you plan to sit in the restaurant then go sit and somebody will come and serve you. Otherwise in self service mode you are expected to go out of the restaurant. We were actually told at one instance to move out of Gelateria.
- Tipping is not expected in the restaurants.
- Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries and carry an extra memory card, Rome is a beautiful city.
- Most of the people wait for the "Walk" symbol to cross a major road. At small streets, with no Walk symbol, just cross the street like that. It’s hard the first time but then you get used to it. For me, it felt so much like Delhi so no issues in that
Here is the travel album so far:
The Sun Tech Days in Rome start later today. Read all about them here.
All my travel tips to Europe are aggregated here.
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||Sun Tech Days are coming to Rome (Sep 24-25) and Milan (Sep 26-28).
This is FREE event organized by Sun Microsystems. Basically Tech Days are scaled down versions of Java One packed into a suitcase and brought right to where the developers are as described by Renita Stafford, Program Manager of Sun Tech Days.
The agenda for both the venues is very comprehensive with technical sessions, hands-on-labs, community participation, and complete days focused on a product such as GlassFish Day, NetBeans Day and Open Solaris Day. I’ll be giving several presentations on Metro, Jersey and jMaki.
||Technologies for Creating Web 2.0 Rich Internet Applications
||Metro and REST : Web Services with JAX-WS, WSIT, JAX-RS and More
||Metro Web services
||Metro and REST : Web Services with JAX-WS, WSIT, JAX-RS and More
See you there! You can also find me and some other members of GlassFish team at the GlassFish booth in Milan.
Ed Ort will also be covering the Milan Tech Days so look forward to some good coverage from there.
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Day 3 started with reminders about RubyConf 2007 and upcoming Euruko. Marcel and Koz (from Rails core team) gave the keynote talking about the best practices for Rails (theRailsWay.com). Here are some of the tips they explained:
- If a controller has more than 6 or 7 actions, and each action > 6-7 lines then there is something wrong. More details here.
- Associations proxies are very handy, more details here.
- Use named callbacks to improve maintainability and readability of the code. This also help improve clarity of thoughts. The value of expressive interfaces is important as the size of applications grow bigger. More details here.
with_scope to subset a model’s collection – More details here.
The Sun booth was swamped today as well, just like yesterday. There were some great interactions and I do plan to follow up on them.
I missed the "Meet the JRuby team" BoF yesterday night. But I was very excited to know that Ola Bini made a statement in the bof that amongst all the free and fee-based Application Servers, GlassFish is the best. GlassFish V2 was released earlier this week and read all about it’s capabilities here.
Craig and Nick’s talk on Rails Hydra was SRO with even all the floor space occupied and was attended by DHH. Brian mesmerized the audience with NetBeans Ruby magic in his talk. There were lots of users who came by the booth afterwards and were very happy with the NetBeans Ruby support. All the presentations will be available here.
Andrea won the SunFire T-1000 Server, Congratulations! And Sharat gave out 5 copies of RESTful Web services books as well.
And the food of course was quite a blast, the desserts were completely outstanding!
We’ll see you at another conference now.
Here are some useful entries (with numerous pointers on screencasts, blogs, tips & extensive feature sets) to get you started with JRuby on Rails, NetBeans IDE, GlassFish and jMaki:
The updated picture album is available at:
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The other half of the picture below is here.
The pictures were taken during a beer bust hosted by Joyent during Rails Conf Europe 2007 at Lindenbrau Brewery in Berlin, Germany.
Any guess who’s the guy behind the camera ?
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