SAP TechEd ’04 is an excellent place to get to know the latest in SAP development via the mostly SAP provided sessions. This year we are also giving you a venue to meet your fellow developers that are passionate about the things that you are engaged in, at the Birds of a Feather sessions.
It is similar to music. You have the orchestra in the big house, playing the symphony. That’s the keynote with Shai Agassi and Peter Zenke as conductors. Then you have chamber music, which are the educational sessions where SAP gurus play their latest compositions to your delight.
After the major acts are over there are the Birds of a Feather sessions, where you bring your own instruments and passion, where you come and introduce a new tune and others join in and jam, and magic happens. Some of the SAP gurus may join in because it’s so interesting.
It’s also a switch from being a consumer to being a participant, from observing to being fully engaged. Something that needs to be experienced to be appreciated.
Participation starts by offering a session that you would like to take part in or adding your name to a session that you would like to jam with on the Wiki: San Diego, Munich. Half the spots are filled already, so don’t postpone. Then tell your friends to join your session, we’ll promote it too. Come to TechEd and SAP provides you with space, chairs, projector and an hour for your session. In the second hour you can join another session too.
I realize that some people haven’t used a Wiki before. It’s a Web page that everyone can change. More at the Wikipedia Wiki definition. Honestly, all you need to know is this: Every page is editable. Just click on the Edit icon . Add your name or session, save the page, and you’re done. Don’t be afraid to accidentally erase things, every page keeps all it’s old versions and you can go back to them using the icon, click Edit,save the old version, and done.
You don’t need more to take part in the BoF sessions. But once you’re there, you may want to check out and populate more pages of the SAP TechEd ’04 Wiki. If you want to create extra pages or links, here are some more tips: The only syntax you need to know is linking, and wiki links are even easier than HTML links. You just surround whatever text you want to link, plus the URL of the link destination, with square brackets. And if you write any word in what’s called CamelCase (a word with embedded caps), that auto-generates a link to a page called http://wiki.oreillynet.com/etech/hosted.conf?YourCamelCasedWord, and creates a new blank page at that URL, ready for editing. If you are still interested, here is the rest of the Wiki Syntax.