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Day 2 No Fluff Just Stuff

Day two is officially in the books. And I’m sorry to say, I was disappointed. I won’t repeat my rant from yesterday (you can read that here: http://www.michaelminella.com/blog/54.html). I’ll talk specifically about the three talks I went to: Open Source Java Debugging Tools, Connecting Companies with Acceptance Testing, Git.

The first session I attended was Open Source Debugging Tools by Matthew McCullough. I’d give this talk a 7 out of 10. Most of the talk was a tutorial of the tools provided by Sun in the JVM, tools like jps, jmap, etc. There was one tool that really stood out to me…TOD. This tool essentially records the entire execution of a JVM and allows you to replay and inspect the execution at amazing levels. I’ll definitely be checking this tool out later.

The second session I went to was Connecting Companies with Acceptance Testing by David Hussman. Hussman rocks. If you’ve never seen a talk by him, I highly recommend it. This talk focused on acceptance testing…not so much the tools of it (we listed them but that’s about it), but the actual politics around it and how to get people involved. Overall this was a great talk.

Finally, I went to hear Matt talk about Git. I have to admit, I went to the Git talk with an ulterior motive. I was familiar with Git before the talk. However, I have never been able to grasp the benefits of Git in an enterprise environment. Unfortunately, Matt was only able to confirm my understanding of Git and it’s lack of benefit for a standard corporate environment (let the flame wars begin).

If you’re wondering why I didn’t talk about the fourth session I attended, there is a good reason for that. I didn’t go to one. There was nothing in that slot that interested me which goes back to the issue I mentioned yesterday. I hope to get some time to talk to Jay and ask him about this issue and I’ll let you know what he says.

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