First two days of TSSJS

It has been two long days; not because I’ve been going to sessions all day long, but because I’ve reworked my presentations quite heavily. But now both the BOF and the TS are finished, and I think they went well. I had to keep the level to Ruby, JRuby and Rails introductionary material, though, since most developers here didn’t seem to know what is possible with these technologies.

But it’s been great; I’ve gotten good feedback and had some really interesting conversations with lots of people.

We have been doing the town each night, and I’ve found that I like Barcelona very much. Except for the food: this country doesn’t seem to be good for vegetarians at all. Very annoying. I’m going for beer and wine instead of food the rest of the week. =)

One day left, though, and it’s bound to be nice. Me and Martin are both on a developers panel about the state of programming languages in 2020; I have no idea what to say, and I’m thinking about just ad-libbing it. I know my own position in these questions fairly well, and the current Yegge-debate have made my opinions even more explicit.

But now it’s time to see the town again.

Burning cycles: the next month

Getting back from RailsConf meant getting thrown into loads and loads of preparation work for London. Oh my. Since I’m moving in 8 days, and almost all packing needs to be done during the weekend (and I haven’t begun yet), I don’t think I’ll be able to be that communicative. Further, I will have no access to a computer or cell phone from Wednesday to Monday, so if I don’t answer email, don’t get upset. =) That incidentally means I won’t blog either.

June 4th will be my first day at ThoughtWorks and I’m incredibly excited by it. Hopefully I’ll be able to blog some about my experiences, but I guess the first few days will be focused on getting setup and finding an apartment (If you know any nice place close to Camden Town that’s available by the beginning of June, please do tell), and doing all manner of things.

If I’m unlucky I’ll need to go to DC the week after that, but we’ll see. Hopefully I can wrangle out of it, since Stella (my girlfriend) will arrive in London that weekend.

After that week I’ll have a week of quiet and solitude, and then it’s time for TheServerSide Java Symposium in Barcelona. I will in fact be involved in no less than three events during this conference. First, a technical session on JRuby, secondly a BoF about deploying JRuby on Rails applications, and third a panel discussion called “2020: A Developer’s Odyssey Panel”, which is bound to be interesting. I have no idea whatsoever about what I’ll say yet, but Martin Fowler will be one of the panelists which makes it a certainty of fun. I’m looking forward to TSSJS for a few more reasons; seeing Barcelona, since that is said to be a lovely city, getting to say hi to Dr. Heinz Kabutz, meet up with Jonas Bonér from Terracotta and continue discussing how to utilize Terracotta and JRuby together. I’m looking very much forward to the whole event, in fact. If you are there, don’t hesitate to say hi!

JRuby at TheServerSide Java Symposium – Europe

Not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but I will represent JRuby at TheServerSide Java Symposium – Europe, in Barcelona, June 27-29. I will give one technical session on JRuby, and one BOF on how to deploy JRuby on Rails applications, both which should be quite exciting.

There are also a number of other nice presentations, so try to get to Barcelona!

The world is spinning

If you didn’t know that, the title tells it all. Of course, that’s old news.

I haven’t really been able to blog as much as I wish I could have, lately. There are reasons for this, of course. Two very exciting reasons, in fact. If everything pans out, I will be able to write about it in 2 to 3 weeks time.

In other news, we are gearing up for another JRuby release. This one will be a biggie. Many nice things will be in place, and it will set the record for both new features and bug fixes. I think no one will be disappointed by it, actually.

I have a few presentations lined up too. The closest to now will be in exactly two weeks. I will speak at the Academic Computer Science Festival in Craków, Poland. If you’re somewhere close, by all means offer to show me the city. =) I will land March 9:th and fly out again March 11:th. My presentation will be at 17:00 March 10:th, CET. If you would like more information, it can be found at the festivals homepage, here. The presentation will be in English (since I don’t speak Polish, obviously), and it will be slightly more technical than the usual JRuby presentations. There will probably be some detail about our runtime, interpreter, parser and lexer, and hopefully I’ll get some info in about our YARV and Java bytecode compiler efforts. This will be very exciting to talk about, I’m kinda salivating just thinking about it. =)

Another, more long term presentation, has just been decided. I will attend TheServerSide Java Symposium Europe, in Barcelona, from June 27:th to June 29:th, and talk about JRuby from the perspective of a Java developer, and what it can do for you. Hopefully I will have time to see the city too.

I will update with more information when possible.