HotSos 2009 Highlights

HotSos was amazing. Here are some of the things I loved best about it:

  1. The people. Attendees and presenters a like. Everyone was smart, insightful and had a good story to share. People who met me there may have trouble believing that I’m normally very shy and quiet. But everyone was so nice and interesting that I found myself talking to many more people than I normally do. This was an incredible social event (yes, and I’m geeky enough to consider conferences as social events).
  2. Chris Date presentation was fascinating. I usually stay away from “useless theory”, but Chris Date gave a good show, and from now on I’ll always remember that “An Object is not a Relation!”.
  3. Karen Morton did magic tricks on her presentation! That was by far the coolest thing I’ve seen on any technical conference.
  4. Henry Poras was the best discovery of the symposium. Everyone says that Queue Theory is important, but only Henry can show you how to use it to identify bottlenecks.
  5. Toons Koppelaars had some very good insights about what went wrong with app development, and he created great graphics to explain them.
  6. Ah, my own presentation was… well, I’m not sure. I got mixed feedback.  A lot of people showed up, I hope most of them enjoyed it, and I learned a lot on how to improve my presentation style.
    BTW. I put up a presentation page, which contains my paper, slides, code etc.
  7. Seeing the HotSos staff dressed as pirates! It was a great party.
  8. Jonathan Lewis training day was great. I did not think I can stay fascinated for 8 hours.
  9. People came up to me and said “I like your blog”. You have no idea how happy this made me :)
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7 Comments on “HotSos 2009 Highlights”

  1. thank you for your stuff ;)

  2. Karen Morton says:

    I’m thrilled you liked my magic trick! I started doing one trick and ended up with the “pick a card, any card” trick since a guy on the front row screwed up what I started to do. I was told by several folks they didn’t really notice what to me seemed like a big flub. I’ve got plans for more tricks in the future just to keep things lively! :)

  3. prodlife says:

    Hey Karen,

    I was sitting right next to “that guy on the front row”, and even from there it was difficult to tell that he screwed up one trick and you switched to another. When you said “Alright, smart guy! Pick a card!” It looked polished enough to appear like a practiced part of a script…

    I hope to see more card tricks in the future!

    BTW. Using a table to represent a pack of cards and demonstrating cardinality on that table is a great trick in itself. I’m planning to steal that one :)

  4. Troy Pugh says:

    Hey Chen, I enjoyed talking with you throughout the conference, and thanks to you and Henry for introducing me to the wide range of blogs related to our chosen profession! I realized I’ve been stagnating too long at my current job, and being around all the brilliant people at the Symposium has helped motivate me to get my butt in gear and get back to learning everything I can to make myself a better DBA, rather than being content with being a big fish in my company’s pond.

  5. prodlife says:

    Hey Troy!

    Good to see you started reading blogs ;)

    I feel the same about returning from conferences like HotSos motivated to take my skills to the next level.

  6. karlarao says:

    Hi Chen,

    Nice paper on Concurrency.. you made a good correlation on the other topics surrounding concurrency. I also like your “philosophers” example, they just haven’t thought of breaking their sticks into two when they got so hungry waiting for each other :p

    – Karl Arao

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