Those days Gregg Sporar, NetBeans enthusiast working at Sun Microsystems was here in Brazil and went to our city Fortaleza to speak in our NetBeans Day Fortaleza. We had only a couple of days to prepare everything but is always good work under such pressure. :-)
Me and my friend (Cassiano Carvalho) could toke care of him. First we got Gregg at our international airport, Pinto Martins from a flight from Recife. After that we went to a typical food dinner at Coco Bambu where’s Gregg could taste our tapioca and figure why our local JUG (CEJUG) event is called Tapioca with Coffee.
After that we went to the hotel but we did not have realized that that day was the birthday of our city Fortaleza and the birthday party was a public concert at beach of one of most famous artist in Brazil, Roberto Carlos.
Roberto Carlos in the early years… :P
For those who are not Brazilians, To have an idea what Roberto Carlos is, just imagine (in a smaller proportion of course) some kind of Brazilian Elvis Presley. When we quited the restaurant the show was just finished, we had a huge crowd walking back for everywhere, streets blocked, mess and traffic extremely slow. We spend about two hour on this. We decided to park the car, get Gregg’s luggage and go walking the hotel. Luckily the rain don’t caught us.
In the morning was raining cats and dogs at Fortaleza, what is very uncommon.
I picked Gregg at the hotel to the campus so we can meet the NPD (acronym in Portuguese for Data Processing Core) building, the Internet backbone of the entire state and where some projects are using NetBeans. Gregg also met our CS department, our labs and our cluster.
While that we prepared the auditorium and some last details, test microphones and projector.
People started to get and we got their names and mails for event certifications. I opened the event talking about NetBeans, CEJUG projects and opportunities for the students.
People from TV Software Livre (Free Software Television) was there too to record and transmit the event.
The first Gregg’s talk was about NetBeans and some new features from the last version of NetBeans and some new features for the version 6.1.
The second was about Memory Leaks in Java and a method for detecting those. Very interesting.
After Gregg quited to fly to Brasilia I did a presentation on NetBeans 6 and 6.1 Beta news features. You can download Gregg’s slides here and here, my slides here.The recorded video is hosted at Google Video. You can see more photos in this album:
Gregg, thank you very much and hope you liked your quick visit to Fortaleza. ;) Thanks also CEJUG and all guys that made this event possible.