On May 7th, I drove to the East Bay, hopped on BART, and headed in to San Francisco to attend the Tizen Developers Conference.
On the way into the city, I realized that I didn't bring a book with me. Being on BART without a book is lame. Fortunately, I have some sweet sideburns and someone on BART struck up a conversation with me about facial hair.
Off to a Good Start
Upon arriving at the Hyatt Regency in Embarcadero, I signed into the conference and picked up my swag bag.
Within the bag (which was a nice one strap backpack) was a t-shirt, a 16oz grown-up sippy cup, an international power adapter, and a sweet screwdriver tool. Any conference that promotes taking things apart is a good conference.
JezraCorp Was There
- A Golden Gate Bridge replica made out of toothpicks.
- Scotch and a Lager with my new buddy Igor
- Making a picture of my Tizen developer device terrible by including Igor
- Thomas Perl on a Macintosh
- the iConcierge throwing an Internet Explorer error
Within the first minute of being at the conference, I ran into Thomas Perl who I first met last year at the Meego Conference. It was Thomas who introduced me to Igor, a fellow code hacker and all around good guy. During Thomas' presentation about the http://gpodder.net API, I wrote a Ruby script to send MuttonChop cast sources to gpodder.net. For anyone interested, the code is availabe at http://hoof.jezra.net/snip/nZ.
At lunch, someone asked me where I was from. With a grin on my face, I answered "Petaluma, California". The question asker then apologized and clarified their question by asking "what company do you represent?" Is that a common thing? In some circles, does "where are you from" mean "who do you work for"? If so, I don't want to be in those circles.
One of my pet peeves, is when people think "what do you do" means "what do you do for a living". It doesn't. To me it means "what do you do", and when I'm asked that question, I start rattling off my hobbies because it is what I do for fun that defines who I am. Judge me by what I do in my free time and not what I do to pay my bills. OK, back to the conference.
The keynotes were definitely geared towards businesses and not towards programmers such as myself. Apparently the keynotes are online, and if you watch them, drink whenever someone says "cloud", "html5", "monetize", or "purchase". It was fairly obvious that Samsung and Intel really want to get into the "app store" business with Tizen. And that brings me to.... a reassessment of my opinion.
After reading about Thomas Perl putting python on the Tizen device, I tried my hand at compiling and installing Ruby on the device (it went well). Since the device only has busybox vi for command line text editing, my next installation was Nano.
All good things must come to pass, and this conference was no exception. After walking a few blocks to a local pub, a bunch of devs and myself enjoyed a cold beverage and chatted about code.
Now I need to find that sweet screwdriver, and take the developer device apart.