While in Europe to attend and talk at the NoSQL Matters conference, I was also invited to talk about ModeShape at several Java User Groups. Fortunately, the schedules worked out to talk to two JUGs: the Alpes JUG in Grenoble, France, and the Geneva JUG in Geneva, Switzerland.
My talk was basically a more detailed introduction to ModeShape, and I covered the various high-level features (like consistency, elasticity, transactions, in-memory storage, etc.) as well as spending more time showing how to use the hierarchical nature of ModeShape.
Both groups had lots of great questions. Then, after each meeting we had a great time eating, drinking, and talking at a local restaurant. The food and drink were excellent, and that was when I got to pepper them with questions about their regions, culture, jobs, and all sorts of other things.
Merci beaucoup to all the Alpes JUG and Geneva JUG members for making the evenings very enjoyable and memorable. But I would especially like to thank Emmanuel Hugonnet and Chris Laprun in Grenoble and Xavier Bourguignon and Maxime Nowak in Geneva for inviting me, for coordinating their group’s schedules to make my visit possible, and for all their help and for answering my logistical questions.
If you ever get an opportunity to visit Grenoble or Geneva, please do! I had a great time and hope to go back as soon as I can.