JavaOne days 0-1: Random thoughts
You may believe it or not, but the first two days of the JavaOne+Develop conference are gone, and I've not been able to find a couple of minutes to write about it. A lot of things are happening, very fast here at San Francisco, California, for a Java developer.
So, finally, here're some random thoughts:
- Kudos to Oracle for having organized such a big show. The Moscone area, the Yerba Buena Gardens, three of the most beautiful (and expensive) hotels of the city, two big tents over the streets... and many other places literaly colonized by Java developers and Oracle supporters. It's such a concrete demonstration of health and muscles that I'm impressed.
- All the city -downtown, at least- seems to work for us: my friend Fabrizio Giudici created the funny definition of a "Oracllized" city, that's fits perfectly. They (the citizens) are probably happy, because I've heard that the whole conference generates near to 100 million dollars for their businesses, which is simply astonishing.
- According to Oracle, we're 41.000. Generally you can't distinguish a JavaOne attendee from an Oracleworld's one, except for those who wear a tie. Easy game, in that case.
- The decision to split the J1 on three separate luxury hotel was good enough. The hotels and the facilities are excellent. There's s lot of space to relax, to blog, to eat and drink. That's really great and important. But there're also some drawbacks. It's not only a matter of moving up/down and in/out between them, but the worst thing is that it's so easy to get lost.
- The JavaOne pavillion has clearly lost a lot of its magnificence. It could be a sign of the global financial crisis, I'm not sure, but I feel we miss some key players (SAP, just to say one). Regarding the others, the booth are small, there're few gadgets, few/no games. I've yet to find "the thing" that impressed me like in the past years. Still to check the OracleWorld's one, however.
- I'm glad the quality and the quantity of the content are high. There're a lot of sessions (maybe too much, but that's not a real problem) and the ones I followed were always good and on topic.
- My congratulations today are for Stephen Colebourne, who did an excellent talk on the new DateTime API (JSR-310), that we'll see in the next releases of the JDK(7). I don't know if he's already a JavaOne rockstar but he deserves to be. Don't let his typical british self-control confuses you.. he's really a master of the stage. Funny and, mostly important, clear and extremely competent.
Fun and miscellanea
- Mr. Larry "next slide, please" Ellison: it was funny and somewhat incredible that the most important man on the stage couldn't (wouldn't?) manage the transitions of his presentation by himself. Lots of jokes within the attendees about that. The best one was "He gave that task to a guy with a ponytail, recently hired". Good keynote, however, even it was a bit too long and without important Java announcements. By the way, Mr. Ellison, can you bring the America's Cup boats again in Sardinia, please?
- The buzzwords of this edition are: "cloud computing" (everyone's talking about that, my impression is that nobody has figured out really what it is), "JDK7" & "plan-B", "languages on the JVM" and, of course, "no comment" (about Google's, you know what I mean). I'm really pleased to announce that the "ajax" and "web2.0" buzzwords have died.
- Thomas Kurian's keynote was really good. He presented very well all the thing we wanted to hear: Oracle's strong commitment to Java, two new releases during 2011 for almost everything (JDK, NetBeans, ...) and even the announce of open source JavaFX UI components.
- HP's grandma: I don't remember her name, but the lady who co-presented HP's opening keynote appeared older than my grandma. I'm sorry, but I can't hear someone like you talking about innovation and future. Others from HP did better, however.
So, at the end, a very good start. Let's see how it will continue.