VTR Open Day - Demonstrations, Come Visit and Volunteers

Jacinta Richardson jarich at perltraining.com.au
Tue Mar 30 05:18:45 CST 2004

On Tue, 30 Mar 2004, Gabor Szabo wrote:

> I wonder how is it in Australia. Were there corporate UGs or only
> grass-root ? What were the differencese among the stalls ?

First of all, this isn't really "how it is in Australia", but "how it is
in Melbourne".  I haven't heard of any similar thing in Brisbane, for
example.  Which is a shame because I think Brisbane could do with one.  :)
There might be similar things in Sydney, but I'd be surprised if there
were any more of them.

I'm not sure if I noticed a marked distinction between corporate UGs or
grass-roots ones this year, although last year there was a Sun stall with
a pretty big corporate side of things.

This year I noticed the following setups, there may have been more that I
didn't notice.

	* Melbourne Perl Mongers
	* A Melbourne PHP group
	* A Extreme Programming UG
	* Linux Users Victoria (LUV)
	* System Administrations Guild Australia (SAGE-AU)
	* A Java group
	* .NET (but I didn't visit them so I don't know how UGy it was)

Paul said that Oracle turned up too.  Oracle tends to be very corporate.
I get the feeling (although I'm probably wrong) that the Oracle presenters
are paid to turn up. 

I guess we have both types.

All the best,


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