Google Summer of Code 2007

This year I volunteered again to be a mentor in Google
Summer of Code
at Apache. It’s 4500$ for students that develop a summer project.

Choose one of the proposals (or propose yourself) from any open
source project, and apply. I’ve added some proposals about Maven I’m
interested in to the Apache
Software Foundation list of projects
.

EclipseCON roadtrip days 3,4,5,6,…

It’s not easy to keep up with blogging, I had to forget about
blogging everyday from EclipseCON, specially when you have to
“socialize”, which basically means drink in the bar and
stay up late, with guys like these: IONA folks Debbie
Moynihan
and STP Oisin
Hurley
, Xfire Dan
Diephouse
, ObjectWeb Adrian
Mos
, moreUnit Vera
Wahler
, Eclipse on Swing Dieter
Krachtus
, Stephen Walli,
OSGi Peter Kriens, MVNrepository
Fernando Rodriguez, and of course SimulaLabs Philip
Dodds
and David Schwartz.

After the conference I had the chance to meet another Spaniard in
the Valley, ZoomBlog and eGroups Rogelio
Bernal
and enjoy a visit to Googleplex
invited by Gregor
Hohpe
(I basically invited myself ;) ), where I also met Dion
Almaer
and Greg Stein,
both working on Google’s open source group. Pretty cool place, with
volleyball court on beach sand, free lunch and drinks (I guess all
non alcoholic), and all the things you probably heard somewhere else.
Something that is not as well known is that one of the buffet
restaurants where you can eat for free is all Spanish tapas, some
typical like jamon
serrano
and cheese, and some more modern cuisine, pretty good
stuff, only missed some wine. But one thing they don’t have is the
view I have from my office :D

Marina del Rey sunset

Saturday and Sunday was time to go down to Los Angeles, all the
way through the Pacific Highway 1, stopping in Santa Cruz, Monterrey,
Carmel, Big Sur (great drive, specially if you have a sports car),
visiting Hearst Castle at night (which BTW it’s NOT a Castle, let’s
say mansion), Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, where I met another
Spaniard Spaniards.es creator
Eneko Alonso. It was fun
to drive, it’s a beautiful nature area.

EclipseCON roadtrip days 1 and 2

Finally I got yesterday to Santa Clara, where EclipseCON is going
on. Saturday I drove all the way up from Los Angeles to Sonoma
Valley, stopping in San Francisco and Sausalito. Sunday I spent the
day in Sonoma Valley and Napa, visiting some wineries and tasting,
with a friend that I brought with me, people look at us and smile,
they even took us pictures, I don’t know why…

Golden GateMumm vineyards

BTW I can’t believe how useful is becoming the GPS I just bought,
a Garmin Nuvi 370,
very portable (important when you have a convertible), with both
Europe and North America maps, MP3 player, bluetooth and all the
stuff. I guess I saved several hours by using it. The only thing I
don’t like is that it doesn’t save where you’ve been, that would be
pretty cool for auto geotag pictures.

Anyway, later on the day I got to the hotel in Santa Clara where I
met some other folks at EclipseCON,
the table was pretty much like United Nations, with people from
several countries and after several drinks the most quoted movie was
of course… Borat! Lots of fun with Adrian
Mos
a.k.a. “Urkin, the town rapist” ;) (Objectweb), Vera
Wahler
(moreUnit), and many others, including as usual the very
British Philip Dodds, not
this one
, I mean this
other Philip Dodds
;)

Now I’m sitting in the RCP
UI Development in the Eclipse Workbench tutorial
, if you are
around make sure you check the bar at the Hyatt lobby this evening,
we’ll be there. We’ll probably be there since the afternoon, I’m sure
there’s people already there drinking ;)