Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra 2011 – Nagpur Experience !!

Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra 2011 Nagpur was a very memorable experience in my life. Enjoyed a lot and really, it has changed my life altogether and I even made some really good friends. Well, Talking about the efforts “MSP team in Nagpur” had taken, they made this event a Grand Success. 🙂 🙂

The Event held in G.H. Raisoni College of Engineering on 17th Feb. Almost 7000+ Site Hits – 3000 SMS – 1300 Check in’s – More than 800 Phone Calls – 100 Mails – 50 Volunteers – 47 Colleges – 18 days – 10 MSP’s – 4 Cities, this is what speaks of the success of the complete event. 🙂

Everything was executed very well..!! I have given many seminars ( technical ) before this DreamSpark Yatra, but this experience was really different. We had organized two DreamSpark Yatra’s on a single day. Talking to the audience of 60-70 people is one thing and talking in front of the crowd of 750 people is totally different. I was a little nervous before the seminar. Hmm.. Well, I chose the topic of “Microsoft Kodu – The Ultimate Gaming Lab” for my session. 😉

It is freaking awesome if you have interest in the Gaming Side with no programming skills.
The Morning session was very good. I am not telling this myself ( Verified by the response I got after the session  ) . Everybody was so keen about the topic and looked very interested. 😀

Many sessions were held under DreamSpark Yatra. Mr. Sachid Deshmukh from Microsoft came all the way from Hyderabad to take a session on Windows Phone 7. The session was good but frankly speaking, Participants were not showing much of the interest in the session as the it contained all the business standards, marketplaces and many things which the attendees didnt like. But overall, a great session 🙂

Many quiz questions were put forward to the attendees during the gaps between the sessions to give them a chance to win some cool exciting goodies and prizes. ( Goodies – Microsoft Software DVD’s and even some Microsoft T-shirts for a little harder questions  ) .

The second session also contained the same seminars as those in the first session.  It also went great. 🙂

Microsoft Kinect Demo was the most exciting part of the whole DreamSpark Yatra .Everybody was very keen to come and play the games on the Kinect and Crowd was also supporting them. It was really a great atmosphere there
I really enjoyed being a part of the organizing committee of DreamSpark Yatra, Nagpur. Before 2 days of DreamSpark Yatra I was feeling unwell and wasn’t really in a position to even attend the event. But yes, I attended it, took a session myself and felt awesome after that! 😀

Talking about the funny things that happened during the DreamSpark Yatra,

  • Got an opportunity to talk and befriend many Girls.
  • Right now I am known as Kodubaba after taking the session on Microsoft Kodu .  lol!
  • After 5-6 days, I got a call at 11pm from one of the attendees. He was asked whether they can show their 4th sem project in Microsoft Kodu!!

I was shocked to listen to the question. ha ha ha !! But really nice to even receive compliments for what you taught!
The Best thing about the DreamSpark Yatra was that I found one *beautiful* girl in the crowd of the audience. But didnt get a chance to interact with her. I could feel her looking at me many times but since I got stuck up somewhere, I could not show my attention towards her. 😛 Dont know why? 😐 Still, I am sure, I will definitely find her sometime, somewhere. Dont know her name though but have her name in the list of the whole Attendees  *Need some extra efforts to find that name* hehe. Note: Always think positive  Well, even she can contact me in the future  haha! 😀

So, it was one hell of an experience of my life and I will cherish each and every moment of it whether it was happy, emotional, unhealthy, healthy .  I can now say that this event was one of the Greatest Technical Event that has been organized in Nagpur *Yayness Feeling* 😀

Well, if I continue talking about this, I will never stop  But I need to do some projects too. *Very Important* Really!! *sigh*

So, cutting short. This was the experience of the Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra 2011, Nagpur.
Keep checking for further updates and yes, after a long time I have written this post! Again Awesomeness feeling, Thanks to *someone*

You can check the pics of the Event as follows:

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Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra 2011 Nagpur

Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra – Nagpur is Microsoft India initiative to empower students who are passionate about technology to get an insightful overview of the current trends in the software industry. As a part of this national campaign, we bring the brightest students and professionals of the IT world and put them right in front of you – to discuss about technology, careers in computer science, give technical presentations and some exciting demos.

It is going to be conducted in Nagpur by Nagpur User Group – A Group formed by Microsoft Student Partners. Registration is free of cost. Every Participant will get a Certificate and Professional Developer tools free of cost from Microsoft. Participants will also get a chance to witness interesting Demo of Kinect for Xbox 360.

You can Register for the Microsoft DreamSpark Yatra from .

Poster for the Event is attached below:

Enjoy 🙂

NetBeans User Group, Nagpur – First Meetup !

Today, I attended the First meetup of NetBeans User Group, Nagpur. 10 very passionate people of Netbeans Platform were present in the meetup and we had the fun altogether.

The details regarding the venue of this meetup were :

Date and Time:
23rd Sept 2010 – Thursday ; 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Beans & Buddies
Pratibha Sankul
besides Alankar Cinema
North Ambazari Road , Nagpur

Google maps
Directions for Alankar Cinema :

An introduction of the group:

NUGNagpur is a group of people passionate about NetBeans IDE or NetBeans Platform and who are located geographically in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India.  This group is the main collaboration tool for the members.  This is a focused group and the members intend to meet many time in a month.  The objective of the group is to share personal experiences, tricks, tips and learning with each other and contributing the community as and when possible. 🙂

Now coming towards the meetup, We had the discussion about what exactly “User Group” is all about. The final conclusion result out of the discussion was “User Group is a group of people who actually are users of the technology, for the group is all about. 🙂 Its the group in which the members meet regularly to discuss the views for the technologies or they can even interact on the mailing list to share knowledge and experiences.”
The Agenda for the meet was:
  • What is NetBeans IDE / Platform?
  • Why is NetBeans IDE /Platform and how much it is used to the developers?

Sir, Tushar Joshi was really motivating for us. 🙂 He was explaining about the NetBeans Platform and interesting stories associated with it to us like –

A story of Jarda Tulach (NetBeans founder & architect), about how he started developing NetBeans as his Final Year Project and many of the colleagues  joined him later on. They started with their own company “NetBeans”  in 1998 with the release of the NetBeans IDE as the first commercial product and it then, Sun Microsystems took over that company and all the members of NetBeans joined Sun Microsystems for the later development of the product. Awesome story for the youngsters who are willing to learn java and learn Netbeans platform. It indeed motivated us a lot. 😀

On 26th October, it was NetBeans Birthday ! So on this occasion, Yarda Tulach gave an interview in which he said in his own voice,

I am a infant terrible of NetBeans. This means I am a  “terrible child” of NetBeans. 🙂

I was also part of the group which started the original student project in 1996 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University. As for the official role, I work at NetBeans as an architect.

Originally, there were 7 of us working on a student project at school. We worked on an IDE written in C++ and it was aimed for Unix, so we called it Xelfi (meaning Delfi for uniX). We’ve been trying to create the IDE for a year or so, but we had little success. I got the idea that we could rewrite Xelfi in Java and got ridiculed for it at first, but after 6 months or so we started to code Xelfi in Java 1.0.2.

NetBeans in not just an IDE, but its a platform. I’m very happy about it. If you build applications today, modular architecture is a must. You can benefit heavily from reusing the NetBeans platform. So that’s my most favorite feature.

Lastly when the question asked to him “Where do you find NetBeans Heading” then Yarda replied : I think NetBeans will play a bigger role at Sun – you can hear Jonathan Schwartz talking about NetBeans a lot these days. Modularization of the Java platform is very important, there’s a relatively new JSR 277 – the module system for Java. You can be sure that NetBeans will support this JSR, there’s a lot of need to write modular applications. Java needs to have a good answer for modularity.

This interview was very much interesting for the NetBeans lovers as they get a lot to learn from this and it also gives a relative idea of how actually NetBeans has developed.

We also discussed about Technology Rock for GTD ( Getting Things Done ). You can get more information about it from here.

Our group has got an offer of learning the platform to develop in NetBeans IDE free of cost in 2 days as a training through Skype or WebEx by an expert of NetBeans and all the attendees of the meetup completing the training will be called as NetBeans Certified Associate (NCA) & after the training, some assignments will be given to us and after submitting those assignments, we will be called as the NetBeans Certified Engineer (NCE). Cool right ? !!

Sir also told us about the process of creating a patch for the NetBeans and motivated us to go through the source code of NetBeans as it is open source. It was very interesting and we havent thought of before. I will definately try it out soon…Firstly, I will have to find a fault/bug in it and then will make a patch 😉

We were ROFL when sir told about the full form of RTFM which is the most common word used for the basic questions in the technology forums. ( Please dont waste time, just google it out ) 😀 😀 😀

I have attached some of the pics of the meetup, just check them out.

Some of the pics of the meetup :

We had very funny moments within the meetup as it was not a very formal meetup. Everbody was in the casuals and very expressive. Everybody had a hot coffee and the environment was just awesome..It felt like this group gonna make wonders in the coming months…This is not a joke, our group will !!! 😀

The current stable version of NetBeans IDE is 6.9.1. You can download it from here.

In this meetup, we have decided to plan about the short term goals which we want to achieve. Some of the goals that we planned are

  • Downloading Netbeans Stable version and installing it on every members system.
  • Learning the NetBeans through the documentation.
  • * Using the mailing list *

Note:  * means Very Important! 😀 Long term goals will be like developing a open source project and all. So, for those who are still not a part of this group, dont feel jealous, just get in the group and have tech fun. Join this group from here. I will keep on updating the news regarding the group here only..So keep checking..Till then,

Enjoy 😀