Cloud Foundry Visits India

September 20, 2012
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Cloud Foundry Open Tour developer events are designed to help technologists behind the industry’s leading open Platform as a Service to meet and exchange ideas. Last week, we visited India with a huge success–about 1,100 developers attended a series of Cloud Foundry sessions and a hackathon. Developers learned about the open source Cloud Foundry Platform as a Service and how it supports multiple services, frameworks and IaaS layers.

The Cloud Foundry Open Tour is not only a developer event for professional developers; it also attracts students who ended up building some great apps in the hackathon. There were a few professors from technology schools trying to understand how Cloud Foundry fits into the larger cloud ecosystem. We also saw a healthy media presence and coverage before, during and after the event.

We were really impressed by the dedication the developers showed by arriving at 9:00 a.m. and staying on until 10:00 pm in Bangalore and Pune. The enthusiasm was also evident in the overwhelming number of requests to participate in the morning sessions and evening hackathon, even after the seats had sold out.

The five session speakers, who came from various geographies including the US, Singapore and India, deserve a big thank you. From VMware were Chris Richardson, Josh Long, Raja Rao and Rajdeep Dua. Guest speakers included Hugues Malphettes, Senior Software Architect at Intalio, and industry spokeserson Janakiram MSV.

What We Covered

Morning Sessions
We started the morning sessions with keynote delivered by Niranjan Maka and Chris Richardson. Niranjan covered the VMware product strategy and portfolio, and the concept of the software-defined data center. Chris’s talk focused on the history of Cloud Foundry and various aspects of open source PaaS. This was following by a very well-received Node.js session by Raja Rao. Josh covered the Spring framework and Spring integration with Cloud Foundry.

Chris came back on stage to do his architecture session on decomposing apps for scalability. After lunch, Hugues from Intalio showcased Intalio|Create, which is an innovative way of building business applications. It is built using Cloud Foundry and can be deployed on public as well as private clouds. Rajdeep had a session on the Play Framework and its support in Cloud Foundry. The morning session was wrapped up with Janakiram’s talk on deploying .NET applications on Iron Foundry. Developers responded very favorably to the choice of frameworks available with Cloud Foundry.

We wrapped up the morning session and doing an iPhone 4S raffle for the attendees.

Evening Hackathon
The evening hackathon started with an hour-long boot camp on how to get started with Cloud Foundry using vmc and the Spring Source Tool Suite (STS). This was run in a similar manner in Bangalore and Pune.

Participants pushed over 185 Hello World apps to win t-shirts. This was significant because just a few hours back these same developers were totally new to Cloud Foundry and now they were pushing their applications.

Boot camp was followed by a two-hour hackathon where developers formed teams,  hacked over their ideas and published a total of 19 apps to cloudfoundry.com.

Hackathon Winners

The winner in Bangalore was a group of students from P.E.S. Institute of Technology who built a GRE test helper app. This app sends an SMS to a number for an English word. Then the app talks to a Word Link service and returns English word’s definition.

Winners in Pune built an online exam results portal using Ruby on Rails. Another runner-up built a social sentiment analysis service using Spring MVC, Neo4j and Twitter4J. Another winner built a chat application.

Quotes from Bloggers and Attendees

A developer conference’s pulse can be gauged from what audience has to say or write about it.
Cloudstory.in: “The best thing of the event was the Hackathon that was scheduled in the evening. In both the cities the developers stayed till late evening to deploy live applications on cloudfoundry.com and appfog.com. It was exciting to see hundreds of developers coding away in their favorite language and deploying the application on a platform that they experienced only a few hours ago. That only shows how simple it is to get started on Cloud Foundry.”
One of the developer attendees said: “Just wanted to send a THANK YOU and tell you how much I enjoyed the Cloud Foundry Pune Open Tour 2012. You people did a great job in putting it all together and I especially enjoyed my first ever hackathon. It was indeed great experience.”

Presentation Slides

Slides for the talks can be found at the following links:

The Open Tour Continues

It was a great experience interacting with developers in Pune and Bangalore, helping them learn about Cloud Foundry. Since the Cloud Foundry Open Tour 2012 is a global series of one day developer events, stay tuned for more announcements on new dates and locations.

Rajdeep Dua, the Cloud Foundry Developer Relations Team

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