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Month: August 2005

I just got back from an extended DTrace world tour — Prague, Watford, London, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Along the way, I gave a couple of workshops on using DTrace. The slides are far from finished[1], but if you’re learning DTrace, they might be a good place to start. The workshop is designed to take you through DTrace gradually and includes many examples and exercises.

If you have suggestions for how to improve the talk or content you’d like to see in there, please let me know. If you’d like some hints or solutions for the exercises, feel free to post a comment, mail me privately, or (probably the best) post a question to the DTrace discussion forum (or subscribe to it).

[1] I first wrote these slides in a four hour marathon immedidately after a Sun volleyball tournament in Prague. After getting home around 10pm, I sat down, turned on the Red Sox game on, and cranked out slides until 2am. There are some places that definitely read like they were written a little too late at night…

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Next week I’ll be continuing the DTrace world tour in LA and San Diego (see Matt’s announcement). On Monday, August 15 from 7pm-9pm I’ll be talk to the Unix Users’ Group here:
Sun Office in El Segundo
222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 10th Floor
El Segundo, CA 90245

My plan is to demonstrate DTrace (including the recent advancements in Java and php) and talk a bit about OpenSolaris. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about, feel free to leave a comment or just bring your question Monday night. Hope to see you there.

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I admit: some things bug me more than they probably should. One such annoyance which has caused me far more consternation than it was due has been Google’s auto-suggest when searching for “DTrace” — no, I didn’t mean “strace”, ok?! Perhaps more annoying (but admittedly a less frequent annoyance) was Google’s (otherwise fantastic) SMS service: Did you mean “strace”? Because there were no matches for that either, FYI. Great; good to know; thanks for the auto-correct; tremendously helpful.

Finally, Google is gratefully silent about strace when I search for DTrace. This is, presumably, due to the 100,000+ hit you get when search for DTrace, but I prefer to imagine the Google algorithms spurned and sulking: fine, have your stupid DTrace search, see if I offer to help you again.

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