Thursday, June 30, 2005

Good bye 'frisco

In a matter of hours I will be leaving San Francisco once again. I just finished my last session and am about to head out to do one last tour of the city.

Last night was the JavaOne "after dark" bash. Dennis Miller was OK. His humour is pretty political and American centric so needless to say it wasn't exactly my cup of tea. I did laugh a few times though. Camp Freddy was a blast though. This celebrity band consisted of members from Jane's Addiction and Incubus plus others I can't think of right now. Anyway, they played a good mix of rock/punk and even managed to get the crowd of computer geeks bouncing on their feet.

Now that JavaOne is over I am ready to go home. As usual it has been an extremely busy week and there was way more I wanted to see at the conference but didn't have time for. What did I learn? Here's a bunch of buzz words I'm coming home armed with:

POJO, annotations, EJB 3.0, persistence, lightweight containers, Spring, hibernate, SOA, JSF, web services...

I think I will reward myself and go to the aquarium. Dinner is at 6:00 at the Cheesecake Factory. Yum Yum, I can't wait. I haven't had a real dinner in three nights so am beginning to feel a little icky.


Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Borland Bash

Last night was the annual JavaOne Borland bash. For the past five years this software company throws a huge party at a local bar. This year was no exception we even managed to snag an extra ticket for Shannon. There was plenty of food and free drinks all night as well as a pretty good band to entertain us.

The CEO of Borland kicked of the evening and even played with the band on stage for a bit. It was hilarious to see the CEO of a company jamming on stage. Way to go Borland CEO!!!

Once the formalities were over the rest of the night became one big party. We were only out until midnight but definitely drank enough for the night by that point. Even before the Borland bash started we also attended several Sun parties that were going on as well. Needless to say there was plenty of free food and drink to go around.

Today I'm back at the conference attending more sessions trying to absorb as much as I can. Right now I am listening about how to avoid web service security attacks.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

JavaOne - Day 2

I've made it to day 2 of JavaOne. Currently I am sitting in the morning general session.

Yesterday was pretty busy. It started with the opening day general session which turned out to be a little bit of a zoo. Try to imagine 8000 people trying to filter into the same room at the same time. Needless to say there was quite a bit of waiting in line. Once we all sorted out though it turned out to be a good keynote to kick of the week.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

JavaOne 2005 - After Dark

I picked up my conference materials today which included information on the JavaOne "after dark" event on Wednesday night. As usual Sun has put together quite a star studded evening of entertainment and games.

The all female Led Zeppelin cover band Zepperella will opening the night with their music. There will also be pool tables, a bungee trampoline and something called motorized kegs (?).

Next up is SNL alumnus, Dennis Miller. Dennis Miller will be providing a one hour set of his sharp comedic take on current events.

To end the night the band Camp Freddy will play until 11:00 pm. This band is made up of former members of Guns 'n Roses, The Cult, Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction. Some additional special guests are also expected to show up.

Anyway it looks like it will be a fun night. Now all I have to do is see if I can get Shannon in somehow.


Today was stayed in San Francisco and spent most of our time visiting "the Rock".

I started my day by making a quick trip over to the conference centre to register and get my swag bag. I received a nice JavaOne backpack and t-shirt plus a bunch of conference materials.

Our Alcatraz your was very neat. The buildings are definately showing their age but we were still able to visit them all including the famous cell block. The rest of our day was spent hanging around Fisherman's Wharf. This is a typical tourist area but even still it had some interesting stores to look at and plenty of people watching.


Saturday was a full day with all of us hopping into the car and driving two hours south to Monterey and Carmel. Before getting there however we made a stop in San Jose to visit the Winchester Mystery House. This house is a huge mansion that was continually built over many years by a slightly eccentric rich woman. It has stairs that go nowhere, fake windows and goofy staircases.

We then drove down to Carmel and the 17 mile drive. This scenic drive along the Pacific coast is absolutely beautiful and includes the famous Pebble Beach golf resort. In Monterey we had a bite to eat and strolled along Cannery Row to do some shopping.

By now it was close to 8:00 pm and well past time to head back to San Francisco. On the way back we dropped the rental car off at the airport and then took the BART back to our hotel.

To finish of our day we headed out to a pub for a few drinks and even found a 24-hour diner for some greasy late night food.

Friday, June 24, 2005

We have arrived

We have arrived in San Francisco!

It seems like so long ago that we were getting up at 4:30 am this morning but we made it with no problems at all. We have just checked into the hotel and once we are settled will head out to explore the area. I think this afternoon will take us through Napa Valley and to Muir woods. I am also predicting an early night as we are all getting pretty tired already.

Monday, June 20, 2005

San Francisco here we come!

Our trip to San Francisco is a mere four days away.

I am travelling to San Francisco in order to attend the JavaOne conference but Shannon is also tagging along for the first time. We leave Friday but the conference doesn't start until Monday which gives me a few days to show Shannon around. As usual I have proably planned more than is possible to do in a few days but I will try my hardest.

Here is a quick run down of what I hope to do while in San Francisco.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

  • Alcatraz

  • The Aquarium

  • Muir Woods

  • Winchester Mystery House

  • Monterey

  • Carmel

As usual I will try to write about all my adventures.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Summer is here

The weather lately has been awesome so I guess that means summer is finally here. Yay! I also love how it stays light until 9:00pm. The arrival of summer also means there is lots to do and see. Shannon and I are having a party this weekend to partly celebrate my half birthday (I'm 30 this year!). Next weekend I am off to San Francisco for the JavaOne conference and Shannon has decided to tag along this time so it should be a good time. Canada Day and HOPE are also on the horizon.

When I travel my blog usually sees more activity mainly due to the fact that I have something interesting to write about. I'm sure San Francisco will be no different. So far side trips to Monterey, Muir Woods, a couple of aquariums and a Jelly Belly factory have been tossed around. You'll just have to wait and see.