I’ve written a post on my own blog about being at FUDCon in Tempe, including a presentation on CloudFS. You can read the whole thing there, but I’ll copy the CloudFS-specific part here. As a special bonus, here are the slides.
Somebody pointed out that I’d seemed a bit on edge the night before. Partly that was just the stress of travel and of being an introvert mingling with an unfamiliar group of people, but there’s another factor that I hadn’t even consciously realized until I was writing this post. I’ve presented about CloudFS privately and/or in fairly abstract terms so many times that I’d actually forgotten this was the first truly public presentation about a concrete thing that I’ll actually be delivering in the near future. That’s a big deal. I was a bit concerned at first because they’d put me in the largest room and at five past the hour it was still three-quarters empty. Nobody likes talking to an empty room. Shortly after I started, though, the room was pretty much full – not standing-room-only full, but I don’t remember seeing many empty seats. Not that I was trying too hard to count, of course; I was otherwise occupied. Even better, people were engaged. There were many questions, and they were good questions – questions that to me indicated genuine curiosity and constructive intent, not just the “I’m going to prove I’m smart” or “if you don’t get this one right your project will look silly” kinds of questions that one often gets. The post-presentation chatter even went on so long that Chris had to kick us away from the lectern. Good problem to have. :)
The best part of all, in my opinion, was outside of the talk itself. In at least two other presentations, and in even more hallway conversations, the possibility of using CloudFS to solve some problem or add some functionality came up. Also, at least one person had clearly given the code a pretty detailed look since my talk, asking questions and making comments about internal details that he could not have known about otherwise. That is so cool. It’s all very well to have people’s attention for an hour or so before people move on to the next new thing, but when something you’ve talked about shows up in colleagues’ own thinking about how to solve their own problems that’s an even surer measure of being on the right track. Thank you, everyone, for letting me be part of the broader progress we’re all making together.