The facilities were obviously excellent, sweet theatre ("What's up Doc" was the name I believe) with excellent seating, screens etc as you'd expect. The group
The presentation seemed to have gone done well, there were some questions (whilst the books, mugs and stickers SWAG went pretty fast) and people said nice things, though they could have been being just polite :)
The second talk of the night was by Chris Woods. I've previously chatted and worked a little with Chris on MongoDB so it was good to see a familiar face. Chris is a very clever guy, totally gets "MongoDB" and had a really interesting presentation with some funny war stories. His web app is called Voczie, can be visited here and in his words -
VocZie combines RSS feeds with Twitter to let you see and participate in the conversations which happen around the news stories we all read every day...
Chris isactively looking for more traffic to his site so that he has to deal with "scaling out" and is very excited about "sharding" so I strongly encourage you to visit his site :) Chris has a short write-up here on the perils of standing up to talk in front of random strangers and his slide can be found here.
I really enjoyed my visit to the GTUG and I think it's easily one of the cooler and more technical user groups I've seen in Dublin. I went home knackered but it was good evening, meeting new folk and seeing Chris's cool use case.
I hope to come back as an attendee, if I'm allowed back in :)
Thanks to Eoin, Raphael and Jean (hopefully I haven't forgotten anyone) for their hospitality, Chris for talking eloquently about MongoDB and Gianfranco for his moral support!!!!