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20060407 Friday April 07, 2006

BarCamp Hyderabad- All Set for tomorrow! 200 registrations!

We are all set for the Barcamp at Hyderabad tomorrow. 200+ registrations! Great interest. Hoping for a lively interactive session tomorrow. Check out more at- http://hydtechblog.blogspot.com/

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20060405 Wednesday April 05, 2006

BarCamp Hyderabad- schedule

The first cut of the Session Schedule for the BarCamp hyderabad is in place. Check it out.

BTW, we now have nearly 140 registrations. Even assuming only a part of the registered will attend, we may now need to seriously look at overflow rooms (with video hookup). (a good problem to have :-))

(2006-04-05 07:26:20.0) Permalink

20060404 Tuesday April 04, 2006

Hyderabad Technology Blog- & BarCamp

The very nascent initiative to create a Technology Blog for Hyderabad is slowly catching steam. Getting soem coverage. Hoping to use this Saturday's BarCampHyderabad to launch this.

Looking for more volunteer authoirs for this blog. Anyone interested.. do let me know ([email protected]).

BTW, teh latest on BarCamp Hyderabad is that we now have nearly 130 registrations. Continue to stay ahead of Bangalore registrations count. We now also have TiE also sponsoring the BarCamp. And actively supporting it. There is a belief that prolific bloggers are generally high energy lot, and therefore quite likely to be enterprising. We will put thsi theory to test this weekend. :-)
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20060403 Monday April 03, 2006

Whoever said Tecnhology cannot pull April Fool jokes- Sun, Eclipse!

Came across this news item that Eclipse is now to adopt NetBeans. Was very very surprised. While I never analyzed this much, my understanding was that NetBeans is history and Eclipse replaces NetBeans1

So was really curious to see why in the heck would eclipse now adopt NetBeans! quickly navigated to the press release. Read thru it. Got increasingly wierd.. that there is an Eclipse foundation shakeup including SUN gaining control (very surpirsed.. as I thought IBM had a majot influence on Eclipse), the UI to be now based on Swing instead of SWT, and that SWT was originally built justto compete with Swing (seemed oh so credible!), and the most wierd that Eclipse will now work on a process similar to JCP.

While it seemed wierd, still didnt seem unbelievable. At best it just set off some alerts at the back ofthe gray cells to explore further. And at the bottom it had the usual press release signoffs. Was suprrized to find that the first mention was of something that looked like a funny PR firm. And then there was the Sun contact. Only the last line gave it away:
Sun Microsystems, Inc.(408) 555-4976
eclipse at sun dot com
April Fools!

Really Cool! :-)
Even funnier is some of the serious discussion that followed! Check it out at- http://www.eclipsezone.com/eclipse/forums/t68723.rhtml

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20060402 Sunday April 02, 2006

BarCamp- Hyderabad & Bangalore- both at 116 registrations now! Not that there is a race.. but we have been closely tracking the number of registrations. After Bangalore crossing Hyderabad steeply some days back, this weekend Hyderabad has caught up now. WIth both BarCamps holding at 116 registrations now. (Ofcourse, Bangalore BarCamp is 2 weeks after the Hyderabad event. Even so.. :-) ) Do request all blogosphere citizens that see this to propagate the event more in their Hyderabad circles of influence. (2006-04-02 06:38:18.0) Permalink

20060401 Saturday April 01, 2006

Hyderabad Technology Blog- cool!

Check out the new initiative to run a Hyderabad centric Technology blog. A channel to propagate technology developments and events relevant to Hyderabad. This was a by product of the ongoing planning for the BarCamp on Web 2.0 (due on April 8th). When we tried to find a simple mechanism to notify the event to the active net-prowlers & bloggers, we found no simple place to do this. No single place that had a good reach. Some of us that were actively working on the BarCamp planning, decided that we should go create this channel by ourselves. And hopefully we can propagate this and make it a technology events portal for Hyderabad. This will be accompanied by a technology blogroll that we are setting up in Hyderabad. (Look out for an announcement on this).

Check it out and propagate- http://hydtechblog.blogspot.com

Request the Hyderabad tech community to propagate this blog. And also solicit volunteer contributors (authors) for this blog. This is a tech community blog. If any interest contact any of us- [email protected] or [email protected] or anyone on the BarCamp planning team.
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20060331 Friday March 31, 2006

Doomsday predictions!?

Granted SOA is not exactly an example of precise definition. It is a classic case of 12 blind men feeling an elephant. Each has his/her own view of what SOA is. Now this doesnt spell doom for SOA.. as suggests this blog post- SOA Doomed?

SOA is more about the notion of services provided by very many applications on many different platforms. Ensuring the various applications are service "oriented" to facilitate "wiring" these into a common platform. It is about having a common servcies platform that simplifies exposing servceis and accessing them. SOA's utility comes from the ability to orchestrate the various services in the enterprise to provide the requisite cross-organization business processes. And in its next phase, SOA is also about a new way of developing buisiness applications- in a process oriented manner. Where the app is a bunch of biz processes, each calling the other. And at its leaf, accessing either data sources or low level services (available on other platforms).

Now.. whether we call it SOA or not, the need for all of above (other than the Process oriented dev) is very much existing in organizations today. No getting away from this.

Far from being doomed.. SOA is on teh anvil of further explosion. On one side enterprises are increasingly investing in SOA infrastructure. And on the other hand, SOA also presents alternate application dev paradigms. One accelerator could be that the increased emphasis on rich clients brought forth with the Web 2.0 hype, has rendered richer user processing on teh browsers, and potentially the ajax or other rich client apps directly accessing backend enterprise servcies. As opposed to the conventional model of going thru a facade (servlet) that would access a backend biz component such as an EJB.

Watch this space. And those in Hyderabad.. do attend the BarCamp on Web2.0 next Saturday. With many in the middleware space (J2EE vendor- Pramati, BPM/SOA pioneer- Cordys, ESB pioneer- Sonic (Progress), and many other product companies and solution vendors in attendance.. would make a very lively interactions and arguments. Including where AJAX & SOA meet!
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20060330 Thursday March 30, 2006

Bangalore BarCamp.. due on April 22. Follows Hyderabad/Chennai

While interviewing for the DNAIndia article on BarCamps, the journalist had asked if there was any competetion between Bangalore, Hyderabad & Chennai. I said that there was no real competetion.. but surely I would like the Hyderabad event to go well. If Bangalore & Chennai also go well, that is really good for this movement. Hopefully will stimulate more and regular such UnConferences.

In that spirit, am glad that Bangalore BarCamp event is now announced. This event has taken a slightly different theme. A more open-ended theme.. with a selection of topics and areas (also, open ended) rather than a theme for the event. In our event, we decided to have the theme to be Web 2.0 (which is itself pretty broad.. and vague, I guess!).

The Bangalore BarCamp, is due to happen on April 22nd. If possible I may attend. If not for anything else, atleast to get a first hand feel for their experiences and see what we can learn.

For me, running Product Development organizations is a known game. But such "Un"-events is new and unconventional. Probably, same for all others involved with organizing these BarCamps. We are kind of in a "brain-storming" mode.. with all three cities organizing at the same time. And each learning in its own way. So come end of April, we should have three "approaches" for such events.. and will be good to pool the ideas and experiences. We already created an yahoo alias for this called barcampindia. Request anyone helping with the three events to join this group.
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20060329 Wednesday March 29, 2006

BarCamp Hyderabad - 10 days to go..and, EconomicTimes article

The interest is rapidly building up on the BarCamp Hyderabad. To be held on 8th April, at IIIT-Hyderabad. Apart from the setady stream of registrations (now in 80s), there is good interest from speakers as well. And more importantly, interest from companies in sponsoring the event even. So far we have Progress, Pramati, Cordys, Kern-comm and Advetta helping with different parts of the event. Apart from IIIT hosting the event. (One of my first liberties, after being made Adjunct Faculty at IIIT :-) ).

The BarCamps is also getting mainstream attention. After the recent atricle in a Bombay magazine, today Economic Times also featured an article on BarCamps. Nice. Very Nice. :-)

If you (Hyderabad Techies) havent already registered, do so right away! (ckick here).See you all Hyderabad techies at the BarCamp!
(2006-03-29 04:50:03.0) Permalink

20060328 Tuesday March 28, 2006

Indian IT majors. and global "consulting"

Check out my other 'world' (:-)) for some views and observations on recent trends in Indian IT space.. http://rameshl.blogspot.com/
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20060327 Monday March 27, 2006

Hyderabad barCamp- communication mail group

BarCamp Hyderabad prep is going extremely well. Good number of registrations coming in.(77 at last count). And already about 12 speakers have confirmed. And more have expressed interest.

We are using a yahoo group for all communication. Esp with respect to sessions & schedules, and Event planning. Will be good to have all particpants on this group to ensure we are all in sync. and also as a channel to communicate to others in the respective organizations that may be participating in the Hyderabad BarCamp.

To add yourself to the group, click here. (If you havent registered, and wouldlike to particpate- go to the registration area of the site

See you at the Hyderabad BarCamp..
(2006-03-27 08:14:25.0) Permalink

20060324 Friday March 24, 2006

BarCamp Hyderabad & Hyd Eclipse Developers Group

The Hyderabad BarCamp is now heating up. With its veru contemporary theme- Web 2.0: Rich UI, Tools, Solutions and SOA/Enterprise Applications. Due on April 8 (Sat). Venue: IIIT-Hyderabad.

Hyderabad Eclipse Developers group (hyd-eclipse.org), a HYSEA technology initiative in Hyderabad, is actively supporting this event. Eclipse being a major platform to develop tools and also rich-UI-applications today, there will be opportunities for the Eclipse space as well. Will be good for the member companies to participate in this BarCamp- both present on some relevant topics, and also actively participate in the discussions. The hyd-eclipse members were requested to propagate this event within their organizations.

One interesting development is that BarCamps Chennai and Hyderabad are planning to have joint sessions. Probably a 1 hour slot. With speakers delivering to audiences at both locations. Video streamed (both ways). Including an interactive Q&A; session. We are still hasing out the details.. this must be interesting. Watch out for more details on this.

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20060321 Tuesday March 21, 2006

Web 2.0 (AJAX++) into the Eclipse fold

EclipseCon just got over, and seems to have creaed some buzz. Not surprisingly, the Eclipse fraternity also has adopted the Web2.0 hype in a big and serious way, as captured in this EclipseCon recap on ZD-Net.

Quote: Perhaps the news with the biggest potential bang, the RIA/RCP maturity around separate IBM and Innoopract AJAX projects, as well as building momentum behind the Eclipse Rich Client Platform. I especially like the notion of the Rich AJAX Platform (RAP) for low TCO server-side rich applications. Emulation always gave me the blues. The OSGI (Equinox) framework is offering a common (dare I say, write once, run anywhere?) framework for deployment to darn near all client platforms (Windows, Vista, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris, HP/UX, IBM AIX.) Did I say Vista? ? Not much interested in re-tooling for Vista, Mr. ISV? Well, consider the RCP news at EclipseCon. IBM seems to like it, as Workplace and Lotus Sametime are RCP-supported.

This is something that had to happen. Eclipse is now the de-facto tools platform. And on top of it, Eclipse is a good platform to build RCP solutions/tools as well. In effect, Eclipse is ideal for those building tools that are to be used by other developers, as well as those that are building custom UI solutions for applications. Given that AJAX and much of Web 2.0 is about rich clients, only logical that Eclipse quickly adopts this.

Check out: Innoopract and Rich AJAX Platform

With hyd-eclipse.org (Hyderabad Eclipse Developer's group) supporting the BarCamp-Hyderabad, this would be discussed in plenty at the barcamp due on April 8th. So.. be there! :-)
(2006-03-21 22:55:32.0) Permalink

BarCamp Hyderabad.. to be Podcast

With BarCamp Hyderabad picking up steam (have 40++ registered partcipants, and many more that are planning to attend and havent registered), we are now looking at getting the event out to a larger audience that cannot attendthe event. Consistent with the Web 2.0 conference theme, we found a next gen web way of streaming the video. By PodCasting.

We may be using podOmatic. PodCast(video) . With live video streamed, as well as podcasts available for viewing later. In the process of working out the specifics. Look out for more info on this.

Btw, have you (Hyd tech folks) registered yet?

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20060320 Monday March 20, 2006

BarCamp Hyderabad- 3 weeks to go- getting hot

Two weeks since we announced. So far so good! Got a pretty decent traction in the blogosphere. Check it out.. Also, visit the 'camp site'. Lot of registrations so far. And believe there is quite some buzz in many organizations here at Hyderabad- so expect many more spot registrations.

Speaker interest is also good. The confirmed sessions so far include: What is Web 2.0?, Economics of Web 2.0, Case studies of a Web 2.0 based Customer Tech Support application, Flash based AJAX like RIA framework- a case study, Opportunities for new Products in Web 2.0 & RIA space, SOA Devlopment tools (IDE) built on RIA, and few more that are still tentatively confirmed. This includes a few keynote sessions from prominent technology leaders from hyderabad. Interestingly, there are quite a few sessions that include a demo based discussion around RIA & Web 2.0!

Event planning is also progressing well. We are slowly checking of many of the to-do items. Pls feel free to review this list and pitch in wherever possible!

An interesting post happened on one of the blogs from Austin, that includes a neat 'BarCamp' sports car (shown here).

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