Report from RSDC 2006, Day 1 (Sunday)
Sunday at the Rational conference here in Orlando, I co-presented a session about IBM developerWorks with Michelle Ulrich. Decent turnout for a Sunday morning I'd say, people asked a few good questions. Seems one area of interest is the wikis. One attendee asked if we'd be offering more of these on developerWorks, and in fact we plan to do so; stay tuned. If you have not yet done so, check out the existing dW wikis, including the the Emerging Technologies Toolkit (ETTK) Community wiki. Our new AIX and Unix zone also includes an AIX wiki. We also had a couple of questions about searching for dW content, including one query about the dW search plug-in you can add to your Firefox browser.
Our welcome reception poolside this evening had a bit of added water, courtesy rain clouds, which prompted folks to get closer as they found cover until the rain subsided. I'd imagine some people got better acquainted with one another -- and after all, isn't a big part of the value of these events the chance to socialize, network, meet new faces, etc? We got a bit of help from Mother Nature...
This year I'm happy to see the RSDC conference include a robust track dedicated to open sourch and standards. The "Open Computing: Open Source to Open Standards" track includes about 15 sessions on topics such as Eclipse, PHP, Apache, Ajax, Grid, Ruby, and XML. I'll be sure to attend some of those.
Looking forward to the big keynote (yes, this is indoors, so no need for umbrellas) at 8 a.m. with Danny Sabbah and others. Monday afternoon includes sessions presented by various "Innovators" from IBM Research, and I'll join a Birds-of-a-Feather session 7-8 p.m. with the developerWorks Rational online community (which we hope will help attendees get more involved). We'll also be showing our stuff in the Solution Center of the exhibit hall, which opens Monday at 5 p.m. Do say hello to the dW team at pedastals 1-4 this week if you have a chance.