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From Tim McConnell <tim.mcco...@gmail.com>
Subject Las Vegas JUG Summary
Date Fri, 01 Dec 2006 10:50:47 GMT
Hi, Last night I was fortunate to be able to present Geronimo to the Las Vegas 
Java Users Group (JUG). It was held not in a casino but in the Gordon Biersch 
Brewery. There were about 30 people in attendance and I understand that 
accounted for fully 25-33% of the development community in Las Vegas, so the 
turnout was very good and I was elated. But to summarize:

-- The agenda I chose:
	
	-- Geronimo Overview
	-- Geronimo Architecture
	-- Apache Overview
	-- Geronimo attributes (various assemblies, prerequisites, footprint, etc....)
	-- How to install, configure, and use Geronimo
	-- How to use Admin console
	-- Futures
	-- Reference resources
	-- Deploying a sample application (I chose roller)
	-- Q & A

-- There was some familiarity with JBoss, Tomcat, and WebSphere but very little 
Geronimo knowledge or experience
-- There was little knowledge (my impression ) of how open-source software is 
developed
-- There seem to be a lot of interest in Geronimo. For example, these salient 
points were very well received:

	-- Geronimo's small footprint and memory requirements
	-- Geronimo plugin(s) capabilities
	-- The fact that Geronimo can literally be downloaded, installed, and up and 
running in a matter of just a few minutes
	-- Capability to configure Geronimo as desired
	-- Ease of use of the console

-- The questions were tamer than I had anticipated (translation: I knew all the 
answers). The questions focused on these areas:
	
	-- Why is IBM involved in Geronimo ??
	-- What's the difference between WAS CE and Geronimo ??
	-- Licensing differences between Geronimo and JBoss ??
	-- Why Geronimo if we already use Tomcat ??

Even though there was initially little knowledge about Geronimo I left with the 
impression that Geronimo was favorably received and would be downloaded by many 
in attendance. Also, there were multiple requests for a copy of the 
presentation. I had a wonderful time.

Thanks much. Tim



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