8 December 2003
Miguel and I gave four talks at Linux Bangalore 2003. The most fun was the Rapid Application Development talk, in which we used Glade and Mono to build a little web service, live on stage. I wrote the client and Miguel wrote the server. The server provided a method which took screenshots of Miguel’s display, and the client displayed them and allowed you to scale them. We called it "MiggySpy."
Programming in front of an audience is fun. I always thought it would be cool if there were some kind of hack-o-lympics, with scoring and live coverage and everything. The commentators would be like:
“Alan Cox has been driving a hard game, and Dave Miller is fighting to keep up. Here comes the triple pointer dereference, let’s see if he remembers to cast… and he does! Perfect execution by Mr. Cox! Miller’s really in trouble now.”
Et cetera et cetera.
Miguel and I flew separate routes out of Bangalore (him through Dubai, me through Bombay), but we both ended up with an evening to spare in Frankfurt.
Sun’s recent announcements have been awe-inspiring. This is one of the interesting things about open source: a win for our shared platform is a win for all of us. It will take multiple vendors pushing hard on the Linux desktop to get the ISV snowball effect we need to enter the tornado.