Sometime ago(end of August I believe) me and Amit had pleasure to perform training in South Affrica.
Training took place in(or near) Johanesburg at CSIR institute.
CSIR stands for Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. Its located in Pretoria, Johanesburg. The CSIRis South Africa's central and premier scientific research and development organisation in Africa. Constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1945 as a science council, the CSIR undertakes directed and multidisciplinary research, technological innovation as well as industrial and scientific development to improve the quality of life of the country’s people. In short, CSIR hosts researches and create technologies which are implemented by SA government.
We had accommodation provided by Meraka. During whole training we stayed in one of houses at Merakas campus. Campus is a huge playground, not only it looks great but it provides also a lot of places to socialize, like:
- football field
- tenis/squash courts
Usually core developers do not provide training. However this case was a bit different. Whole training was customized, to address needs of Meraka team.
Training gave me and Amit rare opportunity to interact with users. Whole gig gave us quite good picture of problems and design traps users fall into. Most of them come simply from missing concepts behind specification. This is something we can address in blog posts and documentation. And we will.
CSIR developers are quite experienced. They've been playing with JSLEE container for quite some time now. They already have few Resource Adaptors and services developed on top of JSLEE container. Some of them quite interesting, for instance MOBI4D.
CSIR. Meraka Team, me and Amit.