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From Jeremias Maerki <...@jeremias-maerki.ch>
Subject Re: ApacheCon US 2005 notes
Date Wed, 14 Dec 2005 20:22:05 GMT
Hey Maestro,

thank you so much for reporting for us from ApacheCon. It's so good to
hear that FOP was a topic there and that some of us were there to
represent the project. The best of luck finding a new playground. I hope
you were already successful.

On 14.12.2005 18:57:50 The Web Maestro wrote:
> Howdy folks,
> 
> I thought I'd give a quick synopsis on my experience at ApacheCon. I 
> have had a really nice time here thus far.
> 
> I think it would be best to 'report' on Tim Bray's opening for his 
> Keynote. He wanted to bring relevancy and immediacy to his speech, so 
> he told an anecdote about an experience he'd had earlier in the day.
> 
> Tim Bray (Director of Web Technologies for Sun Microsystems) opened his 
> keynote with an anecdote about an experience he'd at the "XML at the 
> ASF: The XML, WS, and Cocoon Projects". Ted Leung (speaker) was 
> covering Apache FOP, Batik, and XML Graphics, and someone interjected 
> some information. Ted asked who the speaker was (I don't recall the 
> name), but he identified himself as a member of the PMC. At that point, 
> someone a couple rows in front of him introduced raised his hand and 
> said, I've been working with you for years, and it's nice to finally 
> put a face and a voice to the name. That's one of the great things 
> about Apache. People work together for years, and never meet. ApacheCon 
> gives developers a place to meet. Later on, he mentioned that Apache 
> FOP just announced a new release. He also mentioned that one of his 
> clients uses Apache FOP to generate 3 million bills per month.
> 
> I was the one who announced FOP's recent release from the TRUNK during 
> the session. Glen was the one who introduced himself to me. It was 
> really a kick to hear Tim Bray talk about Apache FOP, as well as a 
> couple of its committers in his opening remarks. Great 'press'!
> 
> Later on, during the "Lightning Lottery Talks", the Apache community 
> was asked to sign up for a 5 minute impromptu speech on some topic 
> relevant to the Apache crowd. Among the topics were "Why I hate the 
> ASF", "Why I hate Apache httpd" and others. I put my name in, to talk 
> about XML Graphics. I wanted to keep it light, so I told a haiku to 
> start... I then told the general community that Apache FOP had just 
> announced it's first release from the TRUNK. The news was received with 
> many cheers.
> 
> Finally, I took it upon myself to 'chair' a few sessions. As you may 
> know, this pretty much involved just 'being a friendly face' for the 
> speaker. I also introduced myself as an Apache FOP committer and member 
> of the Apache XML Graphics Project Management Committee.
> 
> On a side note, I met Glen Mazza. It was nice to finally put a face to 
> a colleague I've been working with for 3+ years.
> 
> I hope to meet some of the rest of you as well!
> 
> p.s. On a sad note, I was the unhappy recipient of a layoff on Monday. 
> So I took the opportunity of my ApacheCon attendance to find a job.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Web Maestro Clay
> -- 
> <the.webmaestro@gmail.com> - <http://homepage.mac.com/webmaestro/>
> My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.
> - HH The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet



Jeremias Maerki


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