I'm just back from giving two very different presentations in the space of 4 days. The first was at the CME Technology Conference in Chicago, where I was invited to give the keynote. I gave an updated version of our vision of where cloud computing meets ubiquitous computing meets mobile. The room was packed and from the questions during and after, it went down well. The rest of the conference was interesting too, especially as many of the talks added more detail to some of the things I could only hint at within the keynote.
Then it was off to San Francisco and QCon. We were in the industrial track again this year, which had to be expanded to two tracks given the explosion of QCon attendance. Another result of their increased popularity was the move to another hotel, which had the added benefit of allowing everyone a chance to meet much more between sessions. I hope they do something similar for London, since the conference facilities they use there are too much of a rabbit warren.
Anyway, the talk I gave this year was based on the polyglot talk that Bob and I gave at JBossWorld. There were about 30 or so people in the room, which is good given the other tracks they had at the same time. And importantly, the audience asked a lot of questions throughout the presentation on our strategy, community interactions, and JBossEverywhere. I hope that some of them were interested enough to get involved with what we are doing and perhaps even start some similar projects in languages we can't cover at the moment. QCon takes immediate feedback from the attendees and then sends it to the presenter; the results of that were overwhelmingly positive too, so I'm hopeful that the projects I mentioned will see some benefits.
It's Devoxx in the next few days and raft of presentations and tutorials by JBoss people. I've got a keynote to give and maybe more. But once it's over that will mark the end of almost 4 months solid travel and presentations. Well almost ... There's one more to give in Boston in December, but then I'll be close to Christmas vacation and a chance to rest as well as catch up on some of my personal projects that have not had the attention they deserve recently, such as STM, mobile and Erlang.