The same thing as everyone else apparently: drink beer!
I had the honor of attending/presenting at W-JAX 2009 in Munich this week. The highlight of the conference for me was of course getting to spend time with friends/colleagues old and new.
Three things that I learned while in Munich:
- Hanging around Matthias is a great way to meet interesting people.
- When in Munich, try the grilled pork knuckle at Haxnbauer.
- A good presentation can work even if you don’t speak the language.
On Friday I sat in on (fellow EG member) Martin Marinschek’s talk titled “Wie Sie Ihre JSF-Anwendeng garantiert nicht produktiv bekommen”, which covered 17 tips for how *not* to build your JSF application. Martin had a light hearted (but informative) tone that the audience clearly enjoyed. I had a blast trying to guess what the tips were based on keywords/APIs in the slides.
On Thursday evening a group of us JSF folks ventured out of the hotel (yay!) and into Munich city center for dinner. We avoided the Hofbrauhaus (worried it would be a bit too touristy/loud) and instead ended up at the Schneider-Weisse beer house.
We ate roast pork shoulder, had a few drinks and discussed politics, religion, the fate of mankind and all other matters philosophical and metaphysical. Not a word about JSF the entire evening!
Okay, actually, no… that is a total lie. Either way, it was a wonderful evening and I am so happy that I had the chance to be there.
Thanks Matthias for helping to bring me to W-JAX, for being a great translator, host and friend, and also for buying me my first beer in over 20 years!
Tomorrow morning I am off to Antwerp to meet up with Pete Muir and Dan Allen. We will be discussing JSF 2 future/community in our university session at Devoxx on Monday:
If you are going to be at Devoxx and you are even remotely interested in JSF, you won’t want to miss this talk. Hope to see you there!