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Benjamin.Watsons@gmail.com
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      03-04-2008
I attended the Sun Tech Days 2008 in Melbourne today. It was a well
presented conference, with key international speakers from Sun
Microsystems presenting various technologies like Netbeans, Glassfish,
JavaFX, JRuby, SOA & BPEL, Rich Internet Applications using jMaki /
AJAX, etc. There was also a special appearance from James Gosling (via
satellite link) at the beginning of the program who talked about the
future of Java and his personal experiences with the language.

I was very disappointed that Sun did not include the full Sun Tech
Days 2008 program in Melbourne. The full program is available in
Sydney and I believe the attendees got most of the good prizes too.
Melbourne has the first part of the program (including the James
Gosling speech) via satellite only. It's such a shame because
Melbourne has more top Sun/Java expertise than any part of Australia.
The fact that Melbourne has to play second fiddle (in other words the
"bridesmaid") to Sydney is a very bad call on the part of Sun. Just my
personal opinion.

I hope that this can be rectified next year. Sun needs to understand
that Sydney is not the only internationally renowned Australian city
in the world.
 
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      03-04-2008
On Mar 4, 3:36 am, (E-Mail Removed) wrote:
> I attended the Sun Tech Days 2008 in Melbourne today. It was a well
> presented conference, with key international speakers from Sun
> Microsystems presenting various technologies like Netbeans, Glassfish,
> JavaFX, JRuby, SOA & BPEL, Rich Internet Applications using jMaki /
> AJAX, etc. There was also a special appearance from James Gosling (via
> satellite link) at the beginning of the program who talked about the
> future of Java and his personal experiences with the language.
>
> I was very disappointed that Sun did not include the full Sun Tech
> Days 2008 program in Melbourne. The full program is available in
> Sydney and I believe the attendees got most of the good prizes too.
> Melbourne has the first part of the program (including the James
> Gosling speech) via satellite only. It's such a shame because
> Melbourne has more top Sun/Java expertise than any part of Australia.
> The fact that Melbourne has to play second fiddle (in other words the
> "bridesmaid") to Sydney is a very bad call on the part of Sun. Just my
> personal opinion.
>
> I hope that this can be rectified next year. Sun needs to understand
> that Sydney is not the only internationally renowned Australian city
> in the world.


*****Aaron Houston wrote****
Hi... I work as Sun's Java User Group Programs coordinator in the
Technology Outreach group. I certainly can understand how you feel
about this. As someone who works closely with the Java Technology
evangelists that support and provide speakers to the Tech Days
program, I do know that Sun has a larger office in Sydney....and the
local Sun team of Laurie Wong and also David Coldrick (David who works
with the Sydney Java User Group) are a tremendous help....which is
essential to holding a big event like this. We've never done a Sun
Tech Days in Australia, so I'll forward your concerns to the Sun Tech
Days team. Appreciate your feedback...we'll try to do better when we
return to Australia.

Aaron Houston
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Aaron Houston
Program Coordinator
Java User Groups
http://community.java.net/jugs/
Java Champions
https://java-champions.dev.java.net/
Technology Outreach
http://developers.sun.com/events/tec...ers/index.html
Sun Microsystems, Inc
Menlo Park, Ca
 
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