My last day in Madrid. Lunch with Rodrigo, Juantomas,
Dinner with everyone. Went straight from dinner to pack, and then to the airport at 5am.
Posted on 05 Nov 2001
Went to sleep at 7am, woke up at 12:30, just in time for lunch at Juantom�s'.
Juantom�s made a RFC for a Paella on Saturday. He cooked it today.
Pictures available somewhere in the web site, I have to track them down.
Hector came back from Valencia, and was quite sleepy.
Posted on 04 Nov 2001
Arroz caldoso with everyone.
Posted on 02 Nov 2001
Jetlagged and woke up at 2am, ran into Nat on irc.
Went to the conference center and found that the GNOME booth
was completely crowded! The guys in charge of the GNOME booth
had been doing some excellent demos.
A bunch of pictures (no thumbnails) from the Frankfurt trip are also available.
Went to a panel on Open Source, met Roberto Zicari on the panel (after so many years of emailing each other).
Flew to Madrid very tired.
Mandatory dinner in town, we went to the Galician restaurant close to Ismael's house (which is now close to Juantom�s' new office).
Stayed at Ismael's
Posted on 01 Nov 2001
Traveling back home.
Posted on 26 Oct 2001
Woke up late again, so I missed breakfast at the hotel and at the show. While on our way to the PDC we saw a show being shot a few blocks away from our hotel. The dude from McGiver was on the set. The bus driver told us everything we wanted to know about McGiver.
Pretty good talk from Jim on the internals of the CLR, I took various notes on his talk that I will share later on the Mono list.
Someone asked about .NET on Unix and C# on Unix and Jim pointed to the shared source non-commercial implementation that Microsoft will be releasing and also mentioned Mono.
Various people approached me after the talk to ask more about Mono. There was a lot of interest on .NET for Unix.
I had lunch afterwards with various people interested in alternate implementations of the CLI and C# afterwards (Sam Ruby had lunch with us as well). It is always good to see Sam again, a very pragmatic guy, and also enthusiastic about C# and the CLI (he particularly likes the metadata).
In the late afternoon there was a large get together of people in the "Ask the Experts" hall. This has to be one of the best ideas of the show, basically there are various workgroups organized in tables with the various topics about .NET. It is easy to find the group you are interested in, and have a nice talk with them.
I had a chance to meet Anders and enjoyed listening to the answers he gave to the various questions that people asked him. His comments were very interesting, as he shows definetly a sign of good taste in language design. For example, regarding the lack of exception checking in C# his answer was along the lines of: none of the current approaches really have proved to work or are too cumbersome. When we find a good way of implementing that, we will.
Learned also that foreach (X i in SomeArray) is translated by the C# compiler into for (X i = SomeArray.LowBoundary; i <= SomeArray.UpperBoundary; i++), which turns out to be pretty cool as it generates code that is as efficient as it can be.
I also ran into Dick Hardt which is a combination of a hacker and a businessman. Passionate about technology, and also interested in widening the use of Perl and Python in the windows world. He introduced me to some of the programmers at Active State and Ian who has been working on making Perl expose .NET components and consume .NET components.
Don Box is a pretty cool dude. He is the only hacker I have outside the GNOME world that uses the word "dude". His new book is about .NET. A preview of the first two chapters of the book were distributed at the show.
His new book is `a thousand times better written than the Essential COM book'. It was pretty funny that he told us `The Moniker section on the Essential COM book is the part I like the least; That and the first chapter of Essential XML'. So honest and so funny.
Don apparently loves Barcelona.
Jim Miller and David Stutz was extermely busy fielding a bunch of questions on the CLR, C# and ECMA.
I was so tired and had so much wine, that I went back to the hotel afterwards (and got to discuss the GPL, american ideology and the war with Frank).
Posted on 25 Oct 2001
Another long day at the PDC; Ran into Ben a couple of times. He finally got his Mac wavelan to work at the show.
I decided to skip the concert as I was too tired and had a headache, so I went back to the hotel to sleep for a few hours before I went for dinner with Pilar and Sid.
My sister picked me up at the hotel and we went over to her house which turns out to be perfectly decorated by things that both her and Sid have painted, built, designed and assembled.
It was pretty amazing, I took lots of pictures of her house, it is a very nice place. Sid is a really creative person and builds all sorts of things.
|Pilar and Sid have been working on their costumes for Halloween and they decided this year to use some science fiction characters, so they had been working on all the pieces: the dress, and the gadgets. I am not sure if I took pictures of that though. We had dinner in a nice restaurant called `North' in Sunset boulevard. We had a good night.|
Dinner with the ECMA guysThanks to Sam Ruby, I had a chance to join the ECMA committee members that attended the PDC. A bunch of us got Mojitos at the restaurant.
|Bertrand poses with other ECMA members (here you can see Jim, the man in charge of the MS CLR). Bertrand made very compeling points on why people should use and buy Eiffel ;-)|
Posted on 23 Oct 2001
As usual, I woke up and stayed in bed, so I spend most of my 60 minutes that I had reserved for having breakfast at home, taking a long shower and all that stuff in bed instead.
Made it to the airport. They now check your boarding pass when you enter the restricted area and before you board the plane. You also need it to get during baggage claim.
The airplane food used to be passable, I never complained about it (with the notable exception of TWA food which consisted of a piece of bread with a piece of ham and water). But these days the food is just bad.
Got to see my sister and her husband. She took us to a Oaxacan mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, and I had a wonderful barbacoa. It was so tasty. Jacob would have loved it, although he probably would just have ordered a burrito.
I forgot to bring my camera, so I have no evidence.
Posted on 22 Oct 2001
I am still moving files from my old hard drive to the new hard drive. By the end of the day I was done.
Thanks to the help of Duncan I got all the nice new features on my laptop setup properly: USB mouse, fully antialiased desktop, lots of new fonts, relevant updates and packages.
I eventually got sick of the AA display, and have now gone back to crisp and clean non-AA fonts.
I think that we should disable anti-aliasing small fonts, and only use it for certain weight/size and up. Anyways GdkXft is pretty cool, any monkey can get this working.
Posted on 21 Oct 2001