India is amazing!

It's the end of day 1 of Tech Days in Hyderabad. What a great crowd! The locals were apologizing that "only" 6000 developers were there: the conference center is only big enough to accommodate 6000 attendees, and it's the largest conference center in India. The place is just jammed. There are about 800,000 professional Java developers in India, and we just don't have room for them all. Yesterday morning I did some tourist exploring and ran into a bunch of them at a local temple: took a pile of photos and had some nice conversations. The really hard problem for me with conferences like this is that it would be lovely to shake hands and talk to everyone. But there aren't enough hours in a day. It's nice to have a break from the incessant pessimism of the global economic meltdown.
February 18, 2009