Last week I spoke at the Great
Indian Developer Summit in Bangalore, India. This was my second year speaking
at GIDS, so it was great to be back. Before the event Telerik’s Team Fantastic Four
set up the booth and then hit McDonalds for a Maharaja Mac. Remember India does not
eat beef, so we HAD to go to McDonalds and check it out! Imagine a McDonalds without
a hamburger. Totally awesome. (Though we all preferred the McAloo,
a potato patty sandwich.)
The event is really 4 conferences in 4 days. One day each on: .NET, Web, Java, and
On the Day 1 (.NET) I spoke on:
No computer malfunctions like
last year, my sessions went smooth. This is rapid fire presenting: only 50 minute
sessions! With so little time, I had almost no slides and went straight to demo. It
is hard to show data warehousing in only 50 minutes, but I focused on star schemas
and ETL and I think it went well. Other than no AC in the Silverlight talk, the rest
of the day went great.
Telerik had a booth at GIDS and we gave away
tons of tee shirts and did hundreds of demos.
Day 2 was “Web” day with mostly designers and Flash people.
I was able to sneak a .NET RIA Services talk in there. I just started to code, no
slides at all. In 50 minutes I was able to cover
items 1-4 and 8 in Brad’s blog. (I also wanted to cover 5-6, and 9-10, however,
50 minutes was all that I had!) We had a lot of people come by the Telerik booth as
well. Coming home from the National Science Center where the Summit is being held,
we got stuck in a massive hailstorm. To be honest this video does not do it any justice,
the balls were the size of marbles.
Day 3 was Java day, so we rested and hit the Bangalore Palace
to see some sights. I particularly liked the room that had lots of paintings of nudes.
:) It is good to be King (or Maharaja.) I also watched a lot of Indian
Premier League cricket.
Day 4 was the seminar day and I did my “Agile
Tools and Teams” session that I have done before in Pune (see the link for the
downloads). I was in rare form, of course decked out in my Rugby Jersey. There was
no AC hitting the stage, so I went in and stole a fan from the conference center and
put it on the stage. I challenged the audience to a trivia game and asked them where
“Scrum” came from. Most guessed Ken Schwaber and
I said that Scrum comes from Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, “The
New Product Development Game”, Harvard Business Review, January 1986. Just for
fun I quizzed the audience on the Rugby World Cup and the Hong Kong Rugby 7s. We had
a great seminar, actually it was a fire hazard since people were sitting on all the
available stairs and floor.
After the event, Team Telerik went out for some pizza and headed to the airport to
go home. Two weeks in India just flew by. See you next year!
Stephen Forte sits on the board of several start-ups including Triton Works. Stephen is also the Microsoft Regional Director for the NY Metro region and speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development including Programming SQL Server 2008 (MS Press).