Well the presentation is done.
I would say that 75% of it went well, 25% was a bit rough.
Let me explain...
About two weeks ago I decided that offering to do a presentation on Drools at the Seattle Code Camp V3.0 (a free event, by the way) - would be a low-risk, potentially high-return on effort invested, and an overall good opportunity to accomplish a few things:
On the plus side, I believe that I accomplished all of those objectives.
Now, what about that 25% that went rough?
Climbing the mountain of learning a new technical skill is going to involve spending time working through a lot of coding examples...and my compressed timeframe for developing expertise with Drools simply ran the clock out on available time. There were some very good questions asked by the attendees - and some of those questions have helped me identify gaps in my knowledge which I can now work on backfilling.
A 320 GB external USB hard drive was given away as the main door prize to one lucky attendee.
At the end of the presentation, I'm fairly certain everyone learned something new about Drools that they didn't know before - and that's what it was all about anyway.
You can download my presentation here