NFJS Highlight…

My previous post covered what I thought about the NFJS conference and I listed the sessions I attended. Now, I’d like to brag and say that my highlight was dinner Saturday night.

Jay Zimmerman invited me to dinner with him and a number of the speakers. I was so out of my it wasn’t funny. We ate at Benihana’s and sat at one of the semi-circle tables. Working my way around the table it was: Jay Zimmerman, me, Ben Galbraith, Erik Hatcher, Jason Hunter, Venkat Subramaniam, and Ramnivas Laddad. The food was great and the conversation was even better. Topics ranged from Java, Sun, families, house buying, politics, and a few others. It really was awesome just hanging-out and talking with the brilliant minds that were at that dinner. It will be something I’ll talk about for a long time…. or until next year if I can convince Jay to take me to dinner again. 🙂

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  1. Will

    Hi Erik,

    Let me introduce myself, I have been a Java developer for many years in the DFW area. I have always enjoyed the company at these local events.

    I saw your email on the JavaMug list. I have gone to three of those NFJS weekend camps in the past. This year however, time and money constraints dictated different plans for me. But, I always appreciate any comments a JavaMUGer has to share with the group. If you are interested in conversation of past NFJS topics let me know. Again, thanks for the post.


  2. Erik Weibust

    Hey Will,

    Thanks for visiting my site.

    I to have attended NFJS before. I attended their stop here in Dallas in 2002. I was thoroughly impressed with the conference and could not have felt better about my monetary investment. I would have been there in 2003, but had a commitment I could not break.

    I found it interesting to look back at my binder from the 2002 NFJS and see what the presentations were on. There were a number on Java 1.4, it was just released at the time of the conf. Also, Bruce was there doing a few presentations on Patterns and Antipatterns. Dave Thomas had an intro to Pragmatic Programming. And most shocking was the fact that the word “framework” didn’t show up anywhere in my whole binder.

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