Evil Robot Conference (no robots allowed)

On Saturday, I attended the Evil Robot Conference held at Red Hat HQ.

I got there a bit late, but I caught the tail end of Clinton Ebadi’s talk on “UnCommon Web: A Common Lisp Tale of Continuations, Multimethods,
Metaclasses, and Web Applications”. While Lisp can be hard to understand, what you can do with it from a web programming perspective made Java webapps look quite lame considering the amount of code you have to write to make them do anything.

Had lunch at El Cerro with Kevin Smith, from Hypothetical Labs, and a few other folks attending the conference. A good time was had by all, and the salsa was quite spicy but oh so good today πŸ™‚

After lunch, I sat through Dan DeMaggio’s “Anti-databases (NoSQL): Where they came from and where they’re going”. I learned a lot of alternatives to the old school single database setup. There’s a lot of cool stuff out there for this such as redis, Cassandra, couchdb, BigTable.

Dan’s talk was followed by Kevin’s “Intro to Erlang” which was most excellent as well. Kevin seemed very comfortable talking and definitely knows his stuff. Great job!

Last but not least, I got to hear what BRTFS was from Josef Bacik. Very cool stuff, most of the time I forget how much cool stuff goes into OS development compared to the webapps I do for a living.

All in all, it was a great day long conference. I hope we can make it at least a yearly event.

PS. Sorry I missed your talk Max πŸ™‚ and thanks for the donuts.

Flight to Red Hat Summit

The plan was to leave the house at 7am this morning, but I wanted to make sure
I said goodbye to the family, so it was more like 7:11am when I finally left the
house.

I did not anticipate the traffic I encountered on the way to the airport.
Needless to say I was stressed, I really don’t like time schedules, they
really stress me out. I finally got to the airport at 8am for a 9:10am flight.
Yes cutting it close especially since I have to actually check a bag this time.

Thankfully there was no lines at the curbside baggage checkin as well as
security. Got to the gate by 8:20am, WHEW! Made it. πŸ™‚

When I got on the plane I went to my seat, 27F. I could’ve sworn I picked
an exit row during my reservation. Oh well, at least I got a window seat
and the other two seats next to me were empty so I actually got an
entire row to myself.

On the plane I tried watching 300 on the laptop, but the battery was going
down quickly, I’m down to 45% already. So I settled for listening to the
300 soundtrack on the iPod.

That’s it for now, I’ll post more later.