Next trip – Québec!

My first ever work-related trip to Canada will be to Quebec this coming January 11th to deliver a presentation (in French) on Java EE.

This is an Oracle event around Java where I’ll be a speaker together with my colleague Mike Keith.

Here are the details if you are interested in attending this free event :
Oracle Canadian Java Briefing (English)
Séance d’information sur Java (French)

Back from FISL

So I’m back from FISL and I have to say I wasn’t disappointed.

For people that have attended both FISL and OSCON these two conferences seem to have a lot in common. FISL had somewhere between 4000 and 5000 attendees interested in many different OSS topics which means it’s quite different from your typical Java conference (lots of python, multimedia, security, linux desktops, etc.).

Coming in I spotted a competition to win an iPad and thought to myself “good, I might get away with using a Mac on stage” but this has to be one of the conferences with the least number of Apple machines, netbooks being *very* popular.

I had two talks, one called “GlassFish OSGi – from modular runtime to hybrid applications” and another titled “The future of the GlassFish community” (check the links for the slide decks). The format for the conference is a hard-stop after 40-minutes to leave time for 10-minutes of Q&A which made it a bit challenging to deliver all the content I had prepared but I certainly got a number of good questions (Brazilians are not shy ;).

It was great to meet again with Fabiane and Bruno and chat about the Sun past and the Oracle future. They are doing a lot for the Java community in Brazil (check out “Javali” coming out soon) as well as their new baby, So other than the nice people, the tasty meat, learning about chimarrãos, I also found out that a Frenchmen’s Belgian (or Swiss) jokes are a Brazilian’s jokes on Portuguese.

Going to FISL

I’m excited to be soon on board a flight to Brazil, to attend FISL. This is my first time in the country and I wish I could spend some time in Rio but this time it will only be a few hours waiting for the connecting flight to Porto Alegre (btw, funny how most people here in France think of anti-globalization protests when you mention Porto Alegre). Sadly, I already have one regret – not meeting Felipe in his country.

I’ve heard many things about Brazil and FISL and particular. The conference sounds pretty large and the vast majority of talks are *not* in English, which is a good thing ™. I’ll be speaking on the following two topics :

• “GlassFish OSGi – from modular runtime to hybrid applications.” (Wednesday)
• “GlassFish, the future of the community.” (Friday)

The full agenda is here (assuming the server responds). Expect a trip report with photos and slides by the end of the week (assuming I have the energy, of course).

Oslo for a day

After participating in the Paris Sun Tech Days, I flew to Oslo, Norway for a day to deliver a talk on GlassFish. This was part of an Open Source Day set up by the local Sun people. Lots of people showed up and some talks included interesting use-cases using projects such as OpenESB.

This was my first time in Norway so I thought I’d gather and share a few notes/thoughts:

•  The airport is a bit far away, but the express train is very convenient.

•  I’m amazed at the number of 7-Eleven, Burger King and McDonalds shops. More than cafes in Paris it seems.

•  I arrived late but still decided to have a short walk downtown, very pleasant. It’s the kind of city where walking is “natural”.

•  (really not Oslo-related) but why does every desk in a hotel room has to have a glass cover? Elegant but very mouse unfriendly :)

•  Norwegian TV is a mix of English and Norwegian. I understand having 8 millions inhabitants doesn’t justify dubbing all movies and series like in other countries. Still, Norway seems to have a strong national identity and language (with no need for a “cultural exceptionalism”).

•  Ground floor is called the 1st floor just like in most East-European countries.

•  Speakers are offered flowers after their talk, another “Slavic/Nordic” tradition I guess.

•  No power plug adapter needed for me (good, I really didn’t think of taking one with me).

I’m looking forward to staying longer more next time around. Maybe JavaZone?