2012-03-31

Camels in Berlin

My visit to Berlin was due I was speaking at the Berlin Exchange Days conference.

Camels in Berlin at Brandenburger Tor

I arrived at Berlin the day before at noon. So I had time to stroll around in the city and to see some of the famous landmarks such as the Brandenburger Tor (see photo above).

The WW2 memorial is just next to the tor, so my Camel and I went also there.
Camel at the WW2 memorial
We then strolled down the street Under den Linden, as my hotel is located at Alexander Plats which is about 2.5km from the tor.

Unter den Linden, a famous street in Berlin
Not so far from Alexander Plats, there is a park where Karl Marx and Engels is sitting. So they had a chat with the Camel.

Karl Marx and the Camel having a talk

As I was hungry I located a Berliner restaurant nearby Alexander Plats and ordered a Wienerschnitzel, which is famous German cousine.
Wienerschnitzel and Beers is always good
The next morning I went on my way for the conference, which took place at the Free University of Berlin, so it was a 45 min ride with the U-Bahn.

The organizers have put up signposts with directs for the conference, so it was easy to find.
Bed Con 2012 is to the right

I sat down for the first talk by Paul and Christopher, from Coinor, who gave a presentation about open source integration with Apache.

Paul and Christopher from Coinor, giving a talk about open source integration with Apache

A perfect match as they gave a run down of a real life use-case for a bank, where they are using the Apache ActiveMQ, CXF, Camel, and ServiceMix/Karaf for their needs. They gave an introduction to the products, and scratched the surface a bit on each product.

Then my talk succeeded, where I focused on Apache Camel, and gave a talk with a twist of humor. After 25 minutes of slides, we went practical and did live demos, and coding. I got myself into enjoying this, as it helps people see things fall into pieces. I have accompanying slides with highlights of the source code so its easier for everyone to see; as well for people viewing the slides afterwards.

In the demos we have a bit fun with the new twitter and web-socket example I previously blogged about. And with the powers from Fuse IDE we can do runtime introspection into the applications, and see performance statistics as they occur in-real-time.
Fuse IDE with runtime performance statistics of the twitter web-socket example
(28 messages, with 0 ms avg processing time)
As well we updated the route within restarting the JVM. Also Fuse IDE allows us to see the DSL in both Java code, but also with EIP diagrams which really helps people better understand this.

We also gave a little rundown of a Groovy example which allows you to do quick and dirty prototyping from a single .groovy file, without any Maven or other build tools etc.

And lastly we covered how you can create a new Camel project from scratch. For example using the Maven archetype tooling, and/or the Fuse IDE which  also can create new projects, fully from within the IDE.

The talk was well received, and the room was packed. I have to give a warm thank you to the organizers, and the sponsors who make this conference possible. Good work and good luck with the conferences in the future.

At the airport I took in my last breathe of Berliner experience at the Berliner Currywurst cafeteria, which is an old used train wagon, located at the D-terminal.
Train Wagon Cafeteria offering Berliner Currywursts

All together a nice visit to Berlin.

I have posted the presentation to my slideshare account.

To bad that Schalke 04 lost the game yesterday. Nice to see Raul is still going strong. They really love him in Madrid, and his Schalke jersey is among the top sales on the streets there.

2 comments:

Unknown said...

The only WW2 memorial I'm aware of in Berlin is in Treptower Park. The picture you took is of the Holocaust memorial. Granted, the Holocaust happened mostly during WW2, but these columns are certainly not commemorating soldiers or victims of warfare.

Unknown said...

The only WW2 memorial I'm aware of in Berlin is in Treptower Park. The picture you took is of the Holocaust memorial. Granted, the Holocaust happened mostly during WW2, but these columns are certainly not commemorating soldiers or victims of warfare.