Our trip began in Warsaw airport with great news that our flight was canceled. We must go to BA and they rebooked us to LOT flight. Next great news was in london, the security guard said us that it impossible to get to our flight to San Francisco. Our last chance was that our luggage should automatically send to SF, so security guard gets our documents and come back with our tickets, he told to us “run quickly to gate 10”. The last thing was that our luggage didn’t run so quickly as we did ;). BA gave us 50$ for primary prerequisite. That was enough for us, so we rent a car and go to Golden Gate vista point.
Misfortunately we didn’t have camera because main was in luggage and the new one was uncharged. So we simple go for a Nappa valley, the country of wine on oil. Unfortunately we was exhaust so we stay in motel. Next day we eat in Tarantino like bar.
Next we arrived into Jack London cottage. He invented many interesting things, I simply could say that he was American Edison. He was writer, farmer , etc. The park near his cottage is nice to see, but you must look out poison oak and Rattlesnake
After that we went to Benziger winery which is famous for Biodynamic wine-growing. We taste great Pinot Noir, than Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and finally Syrath. Decision was not easy at all, so we asked for help. We bought six bottles, and the greatest of mine I keep in secret and will drink it with my wife on our marriage date. We ask about others winery and we get for free a map, and a suggestion about the road. Yeah Trinity Road was pleasure for our eyes but I as driver hadn’t good time, lots of curves with nice views after few glasses of wine.
Ok because I see it’s no easy to write all the story at once, this is the end of part one episode one ;).
Full map of part one, we are in 20-30% of the road ;), If you like to go deeply into details, let me know
Time for sponsor – Roche Winery 😉 and few photos
The last day was little bit dull. I think because it was last day and mans was going to flights , and it was sad. First speech was “Aspect-Oriented Design and Programing in Ruby” by Dean Wampler. He creates and manages AOP ruby project called Aquarium. He shown a lot of code, and by examples of rails he shown how aspect oriented design may help even when language has enough power (meta programing). It was really interesting very advanced topic and I’m going to investigate it.
Next talk was hard to choose, in last minute as continuous working group member I decided to see “Automating Builds: Brining Quality and Testing Forward” by Zach Nies. He is co-author of very nice blog about agile methodology “theagileblog”. It was a quite good presentation.
And Ladies and Gentlemans the best of the best speech was a lunch keynote “Dances with Robots” by James McLurkin. What can I say, it was stunning presentation. Everyone after that presentation goes to Lego store to buy some Mind-Storms. James personality is so cute and pleasant. I can not describe this session even in 1 percent, so I suggest you go to James homepage and read it and if you had opportunity to see him life go there, you will be applaud. BTW the first question was “how can I start to do something like this?”.
I’m java developer so next two session was java path. First of them was “Memory Leaks in Java Applications: Different Tools for Different Types of Leaks” by Greg Sporar. With help of sample application Greg shown us different types of leaks and how to hunt them easy and quickly, good technical presentation.
The last one “Programing in Hadoop” by Owen O’Malley. He described as map-reduce algorithm, which is implemented in hadoop. He shown us some bad example when not properly used map-reduce can kill network or machines. The numbers Owen was talking about was impressive over 1000 nodes compute over 100TB data.
After that we went to see Golden Gate and by the way we go to Google campus, Roche in Paulo Alto. The roche division is next to XEROX and some others well known for IT guys companies. And of course we can’t finished in other way as going to Apple Computer Inc headquarter One Infinite Loop street in Cupertino.
Due to our time, I will be describing SD West from the past perspective. California is great place to be, we sow so much vineries and of course Golden Gate. Than we move to sierra nevada near Lake Tahoe. One fact : The State of California (the size is similar to Poland) can be supplied for 5 years by the water drying from this lake. Than we were riding through mountains to Santa Clara. We saw nice views, so much snow. Great journey.
Next I bought my dreamed MacBook Pro machine. And so far I’m very glad of it. So this post is from my new machine.
So the first day on SD West was short, we’ve see some of the Expo and a keynote “Is Agile Really Working for You?” It was some sort of nice speech. Than we are in Intel museum, and what’s funny that all places are prepared to came with kids.
One thing to mention is Monterey Aquarium, the must see from my perspective.
Ok the next day was intensive one. First of all I went for “Clean Code:Ruby” and it was good choice. Robert Martin is great speaker. He was full of energy, and he made great speech.
Next I go for Johanna Rothman “Guerilla Agile: Stop Playing Schedule Games”. The Johanna’s experience was huge, She talks about many different situation, and what to do. So many examples, so much knowledge, hopefully there was a rest due to lunch meeting.
And finally the last presentation Jeremy Manson and Paul Tyma about “Java Performance Myths”. They pointed out some myths about performance. This was good technical presentation.
So far so good, there are two more days to describe in air view. And than I will write about few of this session in details.