dimanche, octobre 15, 2006

ApacheCon US

Well, Apachecon US is over. It was in Austin, Tx, and it was great !

We have had an incredible amount of good time, and also some bad headhakes, especially on saturday morning, after a very severe party with some Apache guys (Alex Karasulu, Ersin Er, Pierre Arnaud Marcelot, Lars Eilebrecht, and many other peeps I don't even remember the name ... I was too drunk :)

Ok. We not only drank a lot, we also met those OpenDS guys. They are working for Sun and are developping an open source Ldap server in java, too. So we invited them to our Bird Of a Feather session, and discussed with them about any possible collaboration. It was a great hour, and we finished up with, well, a drink ! Here is a picture of our both teams :

It was definitively a great week. Special thanks to Alex Karasulu, our former chairman of the apache DS server project we are working on, he was an excellent coach for us. It was the first time I met him in real life, and it was exactly what I expected it to be : just fun ! This guy is just incredible.

So is Ersin Er, whose presentations on triggers and Stored Procedures were just perfect. I couldn't believe he can successfully presented those complex addons on just 2 hours, and make it crystal clear, but he just simply did. This guy is gifted !

The last ADS team member present in Austin was Pierre-Arnaud Marcelot, - you should just call him PAM, which suit him perfectly, not only because it's short, but also because it fits well with Ldap, as PAM also stand for Pluggable Authenthication Modules :) - , who is working on LdapStudio, a dedicated Eclipse and RCP administration application for ADS. I just can't wait for this project to be injected as a sub-project to ADS, because it's a great piece of software !

Here is a picture of the ADS team we took in a fancy restaurant, above lake Travis (from left to right : pam, me, Ersin and Alex) :

Voilà, c'est fini, we are now back in France, where the temperature is much colder than in Austin. Monday will be a tough day, with a 7 hours jet lag to deal with.

Special thanks to Stéphane Bailliez who put a really cool link on his blog. He not only is a great guy, he was the one who helped me to understand what Apache Foundation was about, and what were the rules, written and not written. Call him a shepperd !

I will post something soon about his experience about using Ant+Ivy, because he just simply made it possible to have complex builds to simply work.

Thanks to all of you, guys !