A new Xander story

(For those who don't know, Xander is my son, Alexander, who turns 14 on May 5.)

Xander and I were riding in the car the other day.  I said to him, "do you realize you're the high school class of 2010?"

He smirked and said, "or maybe 2011." ;)

Sigh.

Hello from Jacksonville, FL

This week it's "Practical Core Java" in Jacksonville, FL.  I'm a sub to a sub to a sub again, but that's okay.  The class is taking place at a New Horizons site in Jax.  That's great, though, because I don't have any serious firewall issues to worry about and I automatically have admin access to the machines.

This a private class for a group of mainframe programmers.  There's another Java class going on in the same building for J2EE development with WebSphere.  That might be more fun, but, given WSAD, maybe not.  I'm sure after my next month or so I'll have had all the WebSphere stuff I can take.

I really had a great trip, though, which is not something I normally say.  It turns out that US Airways opened up a "club" at Bradley (BDL, my home airport), which rocks.  Also, I was able to upgrade both of my flights (to Charlotte, and from there to Jacksonville) to first class for $50 each.  I love doing that.  Then I had my first Avis preferred pass through the line (got to go to the front and everything) and made it to the hotel, which was easy because I'd already checked in online.  I wish every trip was this pleasant.

Another benefit is I'll get to see CJ Masters again.  She runs Incepture down here.  I taught my first class as Kousen IT, Inc at Incepture, which was fun, and she and I hit it off immediately.  Ironically, she recently contacted me about teaching an Intro Java class here this week.  How sad that I was already scheduled to teach an Intro Java class in Jax the same week.  Maybe next time.

Heck, if the travel is this easy, I wouldn't mind coming down here once a month or so.  Hello, frequent flyer miles!

On the down side, they installed the old software again.  I brought Java 5 and Eclipse 3.1.2, though, and we'll install it together.

Seminar day at RAH

Saturday (4/22) was Student Conference Day at Rensselaer at Hartford (RAH).  That's always an enjoyable, if long, day for me.  I supervised nine student papers this year, which is a lot.  Every year I threaten not to do it again, and so far every year I keep doing it.

(Ack. Ignore the link — it's to last year's Student Conference. Sigh.)

The papers were interesting, though.  Students are drawn to "compare and contrast" papers like a magnet, but a friend of mine pointed out that there really aren't that many other options available.  So this year I had compare and contrast papers on Struts vs Spring (which can be used together, of course), Hibernate vs Spring JDBC vs roll your own DAO layer, Framework A vs Framework B (where A and B are Struts, JSF, WebWork, RoR, …), and more.

Still, everyone did a good job.  It's quite low pressure, especially when the presentation is done. :)

I guess you could say a good time was had by all.

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