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Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 18:32:29 -0500 (CDT)
From: Rob Mayoff
To: Curt Finch <>, John Dawson <>,
        Alex North-Keys <>,
        Robbie Robinette <>, Tony Yen <>,
        Britt Yenne <>, Jennifer Lateiner <>
Subject: story about MS development conference
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Thought you might find this amusing, and possibly uplifting (I did)...

Forwarded-by: Nev Dull 

[Forwards truncated deliberately.]

A Sun friend passed this story on -- it amused me greatly:

Story cut and pasted as follows:

I was at the Microsoft developer conference in Paris. The 
attendance at the beginning was a solid 1200 developer, at 
the end a mere 50! here is what happened;

During the 4 hours show they spent 2 hours presenting IE4.0 
and after the break started with "A word on Java". 

First the french director of marketing asked "how many of 
you have used java" and about 75% of the room raised their 
hands he then asked "and of those, how many do have 
something out in production" a mere 30% raised their hands 
(wich i though was good enough!) and then proceded to bash 
java for all its weakenesses. For his grand finale he talked 
about Mocha and Wingdis saying that this is what happened 
with the byte-code, that anybody could decompile and read 
those precious lines you had sweated so much to code, bla 
bla bla.... and showed on a wide screen the decompilated 

You would not believe it but the crowd started booing and 
hissing, granted that it wasn't a smart thing to do, and 
then silence again even on a bewildered stage, until 
somebody yelled "GO JAVA!" (which in french sounds like: 
"Allez Java!") and the whole room started cheering and 
applauding... the guys on stage physically stepped back and 
were obviously stunned that it would backfire like that.

it was beautiful.

and then the people started leaving the room, at first one 
by one and then massively over the course of an hour. The 
guy on stage could not believe his eyes and the poor devil 
couldn't find his words, he was actually pathetic when he 
squirmished a "I have to finish this..." as people were 
leaving right under his nose.

The funniest part was the end. After 1 more hour of a 
bleeding Microsoft audience, and of people randomly 
applauding and yelling "Java!", and a presentation they had 
to stop short due to the speaker weak state, marketing had 
prepared a game where they would give gifts to people 
randomly chosen... of course it wasn't until the 7th name or 
so that the guy was actually still present in the room and 
it was a guy from Oracle. No comment.
With merely 50 people left in the room, the very brief 
Question and Answer session started and guess what? 

they had 4 questions on portability ;-) 

like i said ... it was beautiful!


PS: I was the guy who yelled "GO JAVA!" .... hee hee hee...

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